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Week of November 20th, 1997
Issue 26, Volume II
NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. New At Netpreneur Exchange: MAVA Transcript And More
2. GII Awards Call For Entries-- New Netpreneur Award
3. December Coffee & DoughNets Set
REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
1. GEIS Announces Retail Catalog Service
2. APC Adds Five New Countries
3. Morph Adds Database Connectivity
4. Microstate's Hamilton Chosen For Sites
5. FCI Adds Netherlands Facility
6. Market Wise Offers Electronic Newsletters
PARTNERSHIPS
1. France, Brazil and Switzerland For IRE
2. Motley Fool and Westwind Team For FoolAudio
3. COMTEX Teams With Interactive Connection
4. SmartTime And Wireless Deliver Sports Info
5. WTOP Joins Digital City Washington
CONSTRUCTION CREWS
1.Who's Bringing Who To The Web?
CKS Partners, The Sync, BAND Networking, NMP

FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
1. PSINet to Acquire Swiss ISP
2. GENICOM Acquires Novadyne
3. Intermarket (East) To Purchase Intermarket (West)
NETPRENEURS RECOGNIZED
1. Khera Site Ranked In Top 10 Small Business Sites
2. Creative Perspectives Wins Multimedia Design Award
REGIONAL NEWS
1. Internet Retailers Form Industry Association
2. CIT Posts RFP For Technology Centers
QUICK HITS
1. COMNET '98 Call For Entries
UPCOMING EVENTS
1.Calendar


News About The Netpreneur Program

1. NEW AT NETPRENEUR EXCHANGE
Been to Netpreneur Exchange lately? Stop by and check out some of the newest features, including:

- We've just added the transcript of the special luncheon panel session at the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Venture Fair that was produced by the Morino Institute for the Netpreneur Program. Hundreds of investors got unique perspectives on venture investment opportunities in the digital age from Mario Morino, Robert Pittman (President & CEO, America Online Networks), John Sidgmore (CEO of UUNET & Vice Chairman/COO, Worldcom), Alan Spoon (President & COO, Washington Post), and Mark Warner (President, Columbia Capital).

- Find potential advisors-- like accountants, lawyers, and PR firms-- by using a simple interface to the Potomac KnowledgeWay's resource database. Hundreds of such advisors have entered their contact information, offering a broad selection of talent and expertise. Advisors, add your company to the database to gain visibility in the community.

- "Five Ways To Improve Technology Investment Odds" by Evan Smith is valuable advice for investors and insight for Netpreneurs who want to attract them. It's the newest article from our content partner Capital Growth Interactive (CGI), the exclusive print and online periodical covering private capital and growth company financing. A new CGI article goes up every month at Netpreneur Exchange. You'll also find links to previous articles and a special discount offer on Capital Growth for netpreneurs. BTW, Evan Smith is no stranger to the Netpreneur Program. Besides being a partner in the law firm of Sixbey, Friedman, Leedom & Ferguson, he's a regular at Coffee & DoughNets and leads our intellectual property group discussion group.

-- Easier Access: We've made some layout and navigation changes to Netpreneur Exchange and rearranged some sections of the site to provide more intuitive access to its resources.

Netpreneur Exchange: http://netpreneur.org
MAVA Transcript: http://netpreneur.org/events/mava/transcript.html
Advisors Search: http://netpreneur.org/advisors
Capital Growth article: http://netpreneur.org/funding/cg
Intellectual Property group: http://netpreneur.org/advisors/ip/discuss.html
Netpreneur Database: http://netpreneur.org/database/search-netpreneur.cfm

2. GII AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES
Now in its third year, the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Awards honor businesses and organizations that use the Internet and network technology to produce extraordinary results. This year The Netpreneur Program has inspired a new GII Award in collaboration with the Morino Institute and sponsored by MCI Telecommunications Corp.- The GII Netpreneur Award. Nominations for this, and other GII Awards are being accepted until November 24.

The GII Awards is an independent program that recognizes and promotes best practices and new models in the use of Internet and network technologies which dramatically demonstrate the power and potential of networked communications. Defined by USA Today as "a cross between the Oscars and the Baldrige Awards of the Internet," the Awards cover all industries and sectors, from electronic commerce and entertainment, to education and healthcare. Eleven awards will go to individuals, businesses and organizations who are using network technology in innovative, collaborative and results oriented ways. The Netpreneur Award is for entrepreneurs who exploit the information infrastructure to create a new business, offering products and services that are exclusively for, or delivered through, networks and online communications; adapting new business models or approaches that would not exist without the information infrastructure. Other GII categories include: Arts and Entertainment, Commerce, Children, Community, Education, Next Generation, Government, Health, Public Access and the Promise Award which was created with the Presidents' Summit for America's Future to recognize efforts that support volunteerism.

In the past, our region has represented itself well in the GII Awards. Last year, eight organizations from Greater Washington were finalists in the judging. Only San Francisco/Silicon Valley beat that with nine, six from Boston, and three each from New York, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania. Let's do it again this year, showing off the excitement and innovation going on in the KnowledgeWay!

GII Awards: http://www.gii.com
Entry form: http://www.gii.com/site_awards_enter.html

3. DECEMBER COFFEE & DOUGHNETS SET
Start your Holiday netpreneuring early. Beginning tomorrow you can register for the final C&DNets of 1997 to be held December 19, 7:30 am at the ANA Hotel in downtown Washington.

Register for C&DNets: http://netpreneur.org/events/doughnets

Regional Netpreneurs

1. GEIS ANNOUNCES RETAIL CATALOG SERVICE
(Rockville, MD) GE Information Services (GEIS) released its Advanced Retail Catalog Service (ARCS), a Web-based catalog system that supports a range of information storage and retrieval needs specific to the retail industry. Already in use by the grocery industry in Australia, ARCS helps synchronize all elements of the retail supply chain by providing a common repository for such things as product data and images, bar codes, plan-o-grams, advertising coupons, art work and merchandising and sales information. According to the company, the ability to synchronize information between trading partners reduces purchase order/invoice mismatches by at least 25%, with an average cost of $200 each, representing a multi-billion dollar savings in the grocery industry.

GE Information Services: http://www.geis.com

2. APC ADDS FIVE NEW COUNTRIES
(Bethesda, MD) American Personal Communications (APC), the provider of the Sprint Spectrum service, announced international roaming agreements with six new carriers in five European countries: Mobilkom in Austria, TeleDanmark in Denmark, Telecom Italia in Italy, Telia Mobitel in Sweden, PT Swiss in Switzerland and Vodafone in England. This brings the total number of countries to 11, outside the US and Canada, where Sprint Spectrum subscribers can use the service.

APC: http://www.sprintspectrum-apc.com

3. MORPH ADDS DATABASE CONNECTIVITY
(Reston, VA) Morph Technologies, Inc. released version 1.5 of its DynaMorph server-side scripting language. The product allows a Web site or application developer to employ CGI programming directly inside HTML documents without the need for advanced PERL or C++ programming skills. Version 1.5 of DynaMorph adds database connectivity for all ODBC-compatible databases on Windows NT/95 and Mac servers, as well as native database support for UNIX-based databases. Also available with the current release are plug-ins which enable real-time, credit card authorization directly from any Web server.

Morph Technologies: http://www.morphtech.com

4. MICROSTATE'S HAMILTON CHOSEN FOR SITES
(Fairfax, VA) The Microstate Corp.'s Hamilton application server technology has been chosen by UK-based World-wide Intellectual Resources Exchange (WIRE) for the new Risk Information & Services Exchange (RSX), and is being used in a site created for LaSalle Re Holdings Ltd. Microstate's Hamilton technology, written entirely in Java, can integrate data from any number of dispersed JDBC compliant databases simultaneously. All formatting information is also contained in databases, and the finished product is served up on-the-fly. RSX, a joint venture between WIRE and the Corporation of Lloyd's, is an insurance map of the Internet and other electronic information sources. LaSalle is a reinsurance provider.

Microstate: http://www.microstate.com
LaSalle Re Holdings: http://www.lasallere.com

5. FCI ADDS NETHERLANDS FACILITY
(Washington, DC) FaciliCom International (FCI) has completed a new facility in the Netherlands, FCI Benelux, the company's fourth major facility in Europe. FCI, a facilities-based telecom service provider, owns and operates Tele8, a public telephone and international communications operator in Sweden, as well as the International Swedish Teleport, which provides INTELSAT satellite coverage to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Other European holdings include FCI-UK, an affiliate located in London, and FCI is developing switching facilities in France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Switzerland. The company also has a trans-Atlantic fiber optic network that links Europe, Africa and Asia.

FaciliCom: http://www.facilicom.com

6. MARKET WISE OFFERS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTERS
(Annandale, VA) Market Wise is a company that provides electronic marketing communications services, including e-newsletters, e-surveys, outbound e-mail management and Web site programs. The company has launched an a new electronic electronic newsletter service for businesses who want to stay in touch with customers and prospects at lower costs. After visitors to a Web site indicate their interest, the organization can send timely, customized newsletters rather than waiting for a revisit. The company's newsletter design template can be modified and includes a hypertext-linked Table of Contents that results in an easy-to-navigate document. E-newsletters can include graphics and Market Wise can handle any aspect of production from writing to editing, graphic files, code and electronic distribution.

Market Wise: http://www.marketwise.net

Partnerships

1. FRANCE, BRAZIL AND SWITZERLAND FOR IRE
(Baltimore, MD) Information Resource Engineering (IRE), a provider of encryption-based Internet security systems, announced that Nexus International, a subsidiary of the France Telecom Group,will distribute IRE solutions throughout Brazil. Nexus International is a telecommunications service that specializes in the installation and maintenance of business communications systems. IRE also announced that its Swiss subsidiary, GRETACODER Data Systems AG (GDS), has been chosen by Telekurs Payserv AG as the general contractor for a new Interbank Security System in Switzerland. The system will provide secure Interbank transaction handling for approximately 250 major Swiss banks.

IRE: http://www.ire.com
GDS: http://www.gds.ch
Telekurs Payserv: http://www.telekurs.com

2. MOTLEY FOOL AND WESTWIND TEAM FOR FOOLAUDIO
(Alexandria, VA) The Motley Fool has teamed up with Internet and radio broadcaster Denver-based Westwind Studios to offer an audio hybrid of its current product, entitled FoolAudio. Each day, Westwind connects with Fool headquarters to record audio WebCasts of its market reports. Lunchtime and evening news gets updated daily, with a special point/counterpoint-style discussion each Friday entitled Stock Talk. Westwind takes these feeds, edits them and distributes them to a third-party audio server maintained by AudioNet. Westwind Studios, a traditional radio broadcaster has integrated audio on a number of other sites, including Yahoo!. The Motley Fool, Inc. is one of the most popular financial sites on the Web and on AOL.

The Motley Fool: http://www.fool.com
FoolAudio: http://www.fool.com/FoolAudio/FoolAudio.htm
Westwind Studios: http://www.wstudios.net

3. COMTEX TEAMS WITH INTERACTIVE CONNECTION
(Alexandria, VA) COMTEX Scientific Corp. has formed a content partnership with New York City-based Interactive Connection to provide businesses the ability to instantly publish live and targeted news on their intranet, extranet or Internet sites. COMTEX is an aggregator and value-added processor of real-time news sources through its CustomWire news products which processes over 35 domestic and international newswire services. Through its Content Engine technology, Interactive Connection specializes in the management and syndication of content for Web sites, online services and corporate intranets.

COMTEX: http://www.comtexnews.com
Interactive Connection: http://www.interactive.line.com

4. SMARTTIME AND WIRELESS DELIVER SPORTS INFO
(Herndon, VA) The SmartTime Network and Seattle-based Wireless Services Corp. will jointly develop and distribute a line of integrated information PCS services. The first product will be a customized sports information package called BoxSeats to be introduced in December on the Web. Expected to be priced under $10 per month, BoxSeats will enable subscribers to create and update a detailed personal sports profile on SmartTime's secure Web site. The service electronically gathers and organizes the information defined in each profile and automatically pushes it to users on their alphanumeric pagers, PCS phones or via email. The two companies will jointly develop additional integrated information products including customized news, entertainment and financial services and a service providing information on sports betting odds that will launch in early 1998. SmartTime will be responsible for branding and marketing, subscriber enrollment, billing and customer care. Wireless Services will handle product operations, Web site development and content distribution. SmartTime is a division of InteliData Technologies Corp.

SmartTime: http://www.intelidata.com/smartime/smartime.html
Wireless Services: http://www.wirelesscorp.com

5. WTOP JOINS DIGITAL CITY WASHINGTON
(Vienna, VA) WTOP Radio, DC's 24-hour all-news radio station, will provide local news updates, traffic reports, weather and sports to Digital City Washington, a subsidiary of America Online. The WTOP news staff of 50 reporters and editors will update the site six times daily, Monday-Friday, and four times daily on weekends and holidays.

Digital City: http://www.digitalcity.com

Construction Crews

1. WHO'S BRINGING WHO TO THE NET?
CKS Partners of Washington, DC ( http://www.cks.com ) recently launched the Audi of America Web Site ( http://www.audiusa.com ). The site, done in conjunction with CKS subsidiary advertising agency McKinney and Silver, delivers Audi brand messaging and enables users to build and price a vehicle as well as take a virtual tour of a car.

The Sync, Inc. ( http://www.thesync.com ) has received a 12-month contract to produce live audio webcasts for the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. Webcasts have already included speeches by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

BAND Networking Services, Inc. ( http://www.band.com ) has created a new site devoted to independent music and musicians called BandPages ( http://www.bandpages.com ). The company also recently developed the Washington Music Center site ( http://www.wmcworld.com )

NMP, Inc. ( http://www.nmpinc.com ) of Falls Church announced four new sites including: the Benton Foundation ( http://www.soundpartners.org ), Grantmakers in Health ( http://www.gih.org ), The National Center for Community Education ( http://www.nccenet.org ) and The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund ( http://www.lcv.org/edfund ).

Funding & Finance News

1. PSINET TO ACQUIRE SWISS ISP
(Herndon, VA) PSINet Inc. will acquire Internet Prolink SA, a leading ISP in Switzerland. The transaction will take effect in January 1998. PSINet also recently announced the acquisition of French and Canadian ISPs.

PSINet: http://www.psi.net
Internet Prolink: http://www.iprolink.ch

2. GENICOM ACQUIRES NOVADYNE
(Chantilly, VA) Network integrator, GENICOM Corp. has acquired Reston-based systems integrator Novadyne Computer Systems in a transaction priced at some $12 million. GENICOM will hire approximately 65% of Novadyne's employees; acquire certain assets and assume selected liabilities; and obtain rights to their customer base in North America. GENICOM will finance the acquisition through its credit facilities. The acquisition will expand GENICOM's capabilities in the telecom and SUN environments.

GENICOM: http://www.genicom.com
Novadyne: http://www.novadyne.com

3. INTERMARKET (EAST) TO PURCHASE INTERMARKET (WEST)
(Fairfax, VA) InterMarket Associates, LLC has announced that it will purchase the domain (intermarket.com) and client assets of InterMarket Business Solutions of Monterey, CA. InterMarket Associates specializes in helping small businesses with electronic commerce, and Internet strategy, design and marketing. They service local small businesses and Fortune 200 companies. The purchase will provide a significant number of new West Coast commercial clients.

InterMarket Associates: http://www.imac.net
soon to be http://www.intermarket.com

Netpreneurs Recognized

1. KHERA SITE RANKED IN TOP 10 SMALL BUSINESS SITES
(Rockville, MD) Khera Communications, Inc.'s Business Resource Center (BRC) site was ranked as one of the "10 Great Web Sites for Small Business" by American City Business Journals, publishers of the Washington Business Journal, the Journal of Small Business, and over 30 other city business journal newspapers. The BRC site was ranked 6th in the October 1997 issue of Biz: The Journal of Small Business. Others on the list include the Small Business Administration, Microsoft's Small Business Site and American Express's Small Business Section. Khera Communications was also profiled in the Washington Times on November 17, 1997, for its ability to help clients build business using the Internet.

Business Resource Center: http://www.morebusiness.com
Biz: http://www.amcity.com/biz

2. CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES WINS DESIGN AWARD
(Charlottesville, VA) New media design firm Creative Prespectives received a People's Choice Award at the 8th annual Macromedia International User Conference in San Francisco, CA, for its "Cases in Cardiology" CD-ROM. The product for primary care physicians was named Best Educational Multimedia. Cases in Cardiology is published by Carden Jennings Publishing Co., Ltd., also of Charlottesville. Creative Perspectives has also been responsible for projects such as service demonstrations at the Bell Atlantic Intelligent Home and The IntelliService Network, a graphical, interactive television system.

Creative Perspectives: http://www.creative-perspectives.com
Cases in Cardiology: http://www.cardiocases.com
Macromedia Conference: http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/events/ucon97/

Regional News

1. INTERNET RETAILERS FORM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
(Silver Spring, MD) Shop.org, an industry association for Internet retailers, announced a series of new developments to better serve Internet retailers. New programs to be added include regular, electronic news distribution on member activities and industry developments; member discounts on relevant industry conferences, reports and other business offerings; and the Internet Shopping Survey. The survey will collect, on a quarterly basis, the shopping results of shop.org's Internet retailing members. Robert L. Smith, Jr. has been retained as shop.org's first President. Smith was the first executive director of the Interactive Services Association. A Founding Board has also been assembled with representation by a mix of companies currently providing consumer shopping services on the Net, including members from 1-800-Flowers, CDnow, CyberShop, Eddie Bauer, iVillage and Sony Online Ventures. Membership in shop.org is open to any organization interested in or involved with the selling of goods or services to the consumer over the Net.

shop.org: http://www.shop.org

2. CIT POSTS RFP FOR TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) recently posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) document on their Web site. The RFP is for establishing new technology development and application centers, called Technology Innovation Centers (TIC). Companies are invited to join with colleges, universities or federal labs to be partners in the new centers. Proposals are due March 1, 1998.

CIT: http://www.cit.org

Quick Hits

1. COMNET '98 CALL FOR ENTRIES
(Washington, DC) IDG Expo Management Company announced a call for entries for best new products in enterprise networking. The call is for the New Product Achievement Awards Competition segment of ComNet '98, a conference and exposition dedicated to wide-area telecommunications and data communications networking. The event will take place January 26-29 at the Washington, DC Convention Center. The deadline for entries to the competition is December 12.

ComNet '98: http://www.comnetexpo.com
IDG Expo Management Co.: http://www.idgexpos.com

Upcoming Events

For more information on these and other regional events of interest to netpreneurs and funders, visit the Netpreneur Exchange calendar at (http://netpreneur.org/calendar/calendar.htm).

Nov. 21-----Success by Design: From Concept to Corporation
Nov. 21-----Netpreneur Program Coffee & DoughNets
Nov. 21-----High Technology Tax Symposium
Dec. 3-------FEDnet/FEDimaging
Dec. 4-------Managing Technology Evolution
Dec. 4-------Dingman Center Women's Conference
Dec. 9-------Navigating an IPO
Dec. 9-------Future Trends in Venture Capital and Technology
Dec. 11-----Protecting Privacy in the Information Age
Dec. 15-----Conf. on Scientific & Tech Data Exchange and Integration
Dec. 16-----WashTech Executive Breakfast: Internet/Intranet
Dec. 19-----Netpreneur Program Coffee & DoughNets


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