Friday, January 21, 2000

Bits & Bytes -and- Shakers & Stirrers 1/21/00

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Heidi Raebeck Joins the Sawtooth Group
The Sawtooth Group, a "way cool" advertising agency, has hired Heidi Raebeck as director of interactive services. Ms. Raebeck will be responsible for building up and running Sawtooth's Internet division. The company has already begun designing and resdesigning web sites for such clients as Tetley Tea, and Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Raebec will be working directly with the COO.

HotSocket, Inc., Appoints Brian McConnell VP of Business Development
HotSocket, Inc., (, the developers of D-Commerce, a data-driven and accountable way of selling on the Web, today announced the appointment of Brian McConnell as vice president of business development. McConnell brings a wealth of direct marketing experience and expertise to HotSocket, Inc., at a time when the Company is in the midst of rapid growth. As vice president of business development at HotSocket, Inc., McConnell will focus on developing strategic partnerships with traditional direct marketers as well as leading Internet companies.

Hartnick Joins i-traffic
Kate Hartnick is leaving FEED to join i-traffic as Director of their Strategic Planning Group. She says it's an exciting opportunity in light of i-traffic's recent merger with Appoints Danny Meyer to Board of Directors (, the leading provider of online restaurant reservations and Internet-connected restaurant management tools, today announced the appointment of Danny Meyer, award-winning restaurateur, to its board of directors. Mr. Meyer brings years of experience as one of the country's top entrepreneurs and most innovative restaurant operators to's industry-leading team of pioneers in the restaurant and technology communities. Mr. Meyer intends to implement a progressive rollout of's proprietary Electronic Reservation Book (ERB) across his popular New York restaurants. In the coming months, Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Tabla will join the hundreds of restaurants across the country offering real-time, online reservations at

The Swayne Agency hires Susan Barry

As The Swayne Agency begins its third year, Susan Barry has joined the company from McGraw-Hill, where she was Editorial Director, Business & General Reference. Prior to that, Susan was a senior editor at John Wiley & Sons. She has worked with Business Week, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Arthur Anderson Consulting, The Gallup Organization, NBC, CNBC, Commerce Net, and Microsoft.

Mark Safire joins Sachs Communications as a "user experience consultant"
Safire will run usability labs where clients with a website will hire them to see how people use their software.They advise web developers on information architecture where they will advise a client during the construction of their site. Sachs also runs focus groups.

StarCite Names Vincent Campitelli VP of Research & Development and CTO
StarCite, Inc., innovators of a global business-to-business E-Commerce meeting marketplace (] announced the hiring of Vincent Campitelli II as the company’s Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer. Campitelli brings over 30 years of experience in technology and professional services to a senior management team that already boasts extensive meeting industry and Internet experience.

Michael Winston joins Jupiter Communications

Michael Winston joined Jupiter Communications on January 3 as a Regional Account Manager in New York City. Jupiter Communications provides companies with the strategic intelligence necessary to compete and grow in the online medium.

Anthony Giglio now senior editor at

The site launced Monday Jan. 17. At , choose from among 25,000 items available, select choices using our exclusive search engines, pay by credit card in secure transaction, and the order will be delivered in as few as two business days. This new Internet marketing company created a business plan that enables it to work responsibly within each state's regulatory environment, paying taxes and buying products from local wholesalers while still bringing great prices and unprecedented availability to consumers.

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Online Bookstore Pioneer Joins
(BUSINESS WIRE) (, the expert source for digital online reference books, announced that Barbara Frerichs, the founder of the first online interactive bookstore,, will join the company as vice president of strategic relations. Frerichs will be responsible for developing strategic partnerships within the publishing, distribution, and Internet arenas as well as initiating relationships in key vertical markets on behalf of

VintageGreetings Celebrates Black History
VintageGreetings ( announces its collection of free electronic greeting cards celebrating Black History Month. Visitors can send e-cards featuring photographic portraits of historical figures such as Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Jackie Robinson. Each e-card contains an inspirational quote. Users can access the Black History Month collection by clicking the Holidays button on the VintageGreetings home page at VintageGreetings' celebration of Black History Month is an example of how the e-card network is leveraging its antique photographic archive as a social, cultural, and educational resource.

i-sites Work for Wins World Wide Web Health Award
Philadelphia Internet professional services pioneer i-site recently captured a Silver Award in the Health Information Resource Center’s (HIRC) First Annual World Wide Web Awards Program. i-site’s award-winning work, created on behalf of the National Diary Council, is ( The project was cited in the category of Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information. The site is maintained by i-site’s Donald Smyth, in collaboration with nutritionist and writer Vicki Bourneauf and the i-site team.

and Endeavor Partner
Further demonstrating the nexus between the worlds of technology and talent, worldwide digital studio and leading Los Angeles agency Endeavor have forged a strategic partnership to shepherd mutually beneficial business opportunities. Under the arrangement, Endeavor and will partner on specific projects, with each company lending its complementary expertise to create new business opportunities. offers Endeavor guidance in all areas of digital studio services, including business development, financial planning, web development, design and technology, marketing as well as financial, entertainment and technology relationships needed to nurture an early stage company into a formidable e-business. For its part, Endeavor offers expertise in all areas of creative and corporate entertainment while prospecting opportunities for among its clients and industry contacts.

Thinkmap Powers Soundtrak For Century Web Site

Plumb Design announced its part in developing a Web site ( dedicated to Sony Music's Soundtrack For A Century 26-CD boxed set. The site offers users a unique vehicle for accessing and interrelating many of this century's most important artists, albums and producers through an interface driven by Plumb Design's innovative Thinkmap technology.

Centerseat Signs Emmy-Award Winning Entertainment Journalist Neil Rosen
Centerseat LLC, the digital media and entertainment company, announced that Emmy-Award winning film critic Neil Rosen has signed an exclusive deal to to be an entertainment news reporter covering movies and the film industry for the company’s broadband entertainment site,, which will launch first quarter this year.Mr. Rosen, who is regularly seen on New York 1, will provide Centerseat with movie reviews, conduct interviews with movie stars and host a “coming attractions” show. His movie review show will give Centerseat viewers the opportunity to provide feedback on the reviews by choosing either a “Rosen’s Right!” or a “Rosen’s Wrong!” selection that will allow them to express their opinions and have them posted on Centerseat. Viewers will also be invited to send their own video responses, which will be compiled and presented on the site.

ZEFER: new offices and IPO

The NYC office adds to ZEFER's existing presence in Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. ZEFER Corp. today announced the filing of a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its Common Stock. The Company will submit an application to have its Common Stock approved for quotation on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ZEFR.

U.S. Interactive Wins New Client With TAHO Commerce Group

U.S. Interactive, Inc., (Nasdaq: USIT), a leading Internet professional services company,announced that its services were retained by TAHO Commerce Group, LLC, a software developer, systems integrator, and application service provider (ASP) that specializes in Internet infrastructure technologies. TAHO hired U.S. Interactive to work on the company’s Online Retail Brokerage Infrastructure Technology (ORBIT). ORBIT is a next generation online brokerage system from TAHO that’s engineered to meet the needs of independent retail brokerages, banks, and other financial institutions seeking cost-effective, private-label deployment of a transactional online presence Raises $4.6 Million In First Round To Launch Web Site
Dedicated to Wellness and Personal Growth, an e-commerce destination and online community focused on helping people lead a more balanced life, announced today it has raised $4.6 million in venture capital from Liberty Venture Partners, Cardinal Health Partners, P.S. Capital, WT Holdings and WiseBear co-founders Kay Koplovitz and Cris's mission is to provide the tools to help people enhance their well-being - in mind, body and spirit - so that they can enjoy more balanced and satisfying lives. The Web site, launching in May, will provide content and advice on wellness and personal growth as well as sell books, videos and music, wellness gear and accessories, spa products, educational materials and travel packages. Products will be merchandised in both the online store and throughout the editorial and community sections.

Rudin's new deal
The former Long Distance Building of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company at 32 Avenue of the Americas, to which the Rudin family took title last month, will become the New York Global Connectivity Center. Although extensive updating will be required for the 68-year-old, 28-story landmark tower, the Art Deco lobby mural will be preserved. It depicts the world's continents as allegorical female figures, connected by golden rays passing through the lady North America.

Jupiter Communications joint venture agreement with Hikari Tsushin Capital
In a definitive move toward globalizing its business,Jupiter Communications, Inc, the worldwide authority on Internet commerce, announced a joint venture agreement with Hikari Tsushin Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hikari Tsushin, Inc., Japan's fastest growing technology and communications service provider. The partnering will assure rapid growth for Jupiter in this important region, given Hikari's renowned innovation and aggressive approach to selling in the Japanese market.