Friday, March 31, 2000

Bits & Bytes -and- Shakers & Stirrers 3/31/00

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Shakers & STIRRERS Names New Sales and Marketing Management Team
Katalyst Adds World Class Strength to Marketing Team
Changes at the Top of CDNow

B&B Launches Web Based Auction Tool
Internet Companies Want Homegrown Content
Centerseat and Henninger to Produce Digital Programming Archive
Razorfish Launches Online Talent Market
Schwartz PR Spins Off Internet Company
Goa Media Group Launches Spanish-Language Football Site

SHAKERS & STIRRERS FULL STORY: Names New Sales and Marketing Management Team

New York-based (, provider of diner information
and reservation management technology solutions to the restaurant industry,
has announced several new appointments to the company. The new hires include
Rebecca Young as Vice President of Marketing; Mike Young (No, they're to
related!) as Vice President of Sales (no relation); David Hlavac as Director
of Sales for the Western region; and Mike Dee as Director of Sales for the
Eastern Region.

Rebecca Young brings more than 10 years of business-to-business
and business-to-consumer direct and Internet marketing experience.  Most
recently, she held the position of Marketing Director at Concrete Media, a
top 50 Internet business development company. Michael Young has been's Vice President of Sales since January 2000. He has experience
in pre-IPO organizations, has managed complex multi-million dollar sales
processes and has consistently exceeded sales quotas. Mike Dee joins as the Director of Sales for the eastern half of the United
States. Mr. Dee has 15 years of experience at such companies as the target
marketing arm of Equifax, Inc., and LBR Group Commodities Trading Co. and
WWWeb Ventures, Inc. David Hlavac brings more than 16 years experience
selling business software solutions to a number of vertical industries.  Most
recently, as president and co-founder of WWWebVentures, Inc.

Katalyst Adds World Class Strength to Marketing Team

Katalyst has welcomed a few new senior marketing professionals into the fold.
The first Full Service Accelerator™ (FSA) providing strategic venture capital
and management services to B2B Internet start-ups has added three senior
marketing professionals and an in-house publicist to its staff.  Joining
Katalyst are Sandeep Thakrar, Venture Katalyst; Larry Pearl, Venture
Katalyst; Louis Carmellini, Venture Katalyst; and Kathy Knaub, Publicist.
Thakrar and Pearl come to Katalyst from Ecom Advisors LLC, a New York
eCommerce strategy consulting firm that they co-founded.  Both are regular
contributors to Fortune magazine’s Fortune Small Business e-zine, where
their bylines appear on the Net Guys column.  Also, they teach a course in
New York City titled "Successful Ecommerce and E-Tailing."

Changes at the Top of CDNow

CDNow has announced a few changes at the top. Leaving the company are VP of
sales Bob Saltzman VP of Strategic Development Frank Fazio, VP of Opportunies
Steve Dong and VP of Direct Marketing Chris Hoerenz. He is heading over to

BITS & BYTES FULL STORY Launches Web Based Auction Tool
If you like the auctions concept you're going to love a new service from which allows businesses to create an auction on their site in under 30 minutes. The best part? Use of the technology is being given away for free. Instead of charging businesses to build the auctions, gets its revenue through a 5 percent commission on each auction sale the businesses make. is looking for strategic partners, such as associations, communities and agencies, to serve as resellers. And there's a few cool ways to use chairyt auctions, market research, business-to-business sales and business-to-consumer sales.
Internet Companies Want Homegrown Content
Mass production may work for old media, but a new survey co-sponsored by Streetmail confirms that Internet users prefer local content produced in their own backyards. Launched to serve the small to mid-sized markets overlooked by most Internet companies, Streetmail employs local writers in communities across the country to deliver free email newsletters full of area news, views and listings. In the poll by Streetmail and Greenfield Online research, more than 70 percent of respondents said they would prefer to read local content created within their communities rather than content produced for their market by a remote source.
Centerseat and Henninger to Produce Digital Programming Archive
Online content is great, but once it's gone it's hard to get it back. That may change, thanks to a new partnership between Centerseat LLC (, the global digital media and commerce facilitation company is partnering with Henninger Media Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest and most respected video, film, and new media services providers. Henninger will take care of cleansing, digitizing, color correcting and audio correcting Centerseat’s enormous programming content archive, which currently contains more than 100,000 hours of films and classic TV. The archive spans a wide range of genres and periods of history and contains rare independent films from around the world, including some of the first silent films dating as early as 1908 as well as more current blockbusters, cult favorites, documentaries, cartoons, and classic TV specials. This archive will supplement Centerseat’s rich slate of over 250 original shows.
Razorfish Launches Online Talent Market
Not sure who you are? Check out IAM.COM, a new site by Razorfish, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAZF). The global digital solutions provider has created IAM.COM, the first ever global Web site to bring aspiring artists and entertainment industry professionals together in a virtual community. Razorfish leveraged its expertise in business strategy, brand enhancement, innovative technology, and user interface design, to introduce IAM.COM as a premier online talent resource. Razorfish created a site, consisting of four performance areas divided into categories of actors, models, musicians, and dancers, which communicates resourceful information as well as provides artists the opportunity for legitimate industry discovery.
Schwartz PR Spins Off Internet Company
Schwartz Public Relations is putting both feet squarely in the digitral camp. In a move to more effectively provide PR services for the Internet community, Schwartz has spun off Schwartz PR Interactive, it was announced today by Barry M. Schwartz, President, Schwartz Public Relations Associates, Inc. The newly-formed company will focus exclusively on providing creative and strategic public relations support to the interactive industries. As Schwartz Public Relations, the company has been in the Internet space since 1993, establishing it as one of the most experienced players in this category. Steven Wright-Mark, former Director of Internet and Special Events for Schwartz Public Relations, has been named President of Schwartz PR Interactive, and brings 15 years of PR experience to this position.
Goa Media Group Launches Spanish-Language Football Site
Time to brush up on your Spanish. Goal Media Group Chairman Alan Rothenberg today announced the launch of, the definitive Spanish-language football site, and the appointment of Sergio Ferraro as’s Executive Producer. The site debuts April 17, 2000. Ferraro comes to from StarMedia where he served as sports editor in chief. He previously was the sports editor in chief at LA PRENSA and the editor in chief of the football section of DIARIO DEPORTIVO OLE, the Argentine sports newspaper. Ferraro is the author of “Argentina en los Mundiales,” a book about the history of the World Cup and Argentina’s role in it. will offer live match results, news, exclusive stories, opinion and feature coverage from a network of correspondents based in’s news bureaus in Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, the U.S., Italy and Spain. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, will provide coverage of all the leagues in Latin America, along with a comprehensive community section featuring message boards and chat. 

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