Friday, April 16, 1999

BITS & BYTES -and- Shakers & Stirrers 4/16/99

HEAVEN's ANGELS today became part of the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. HEAVEN -- Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer & Empower via the Net -- received the award for innovative uses of technology in its ANGELS computer, community service and career training program for youth.

Webcinema is hosting war diaries of independent filmmakers from Belgrade. Their server in Belgrade has been shut down since April 2nd. The diaries were written from March 23 to April 6th, and the videos shot from March 22 to April 3rd, in and around Belgrade. The complete text of the War Diaries and the video are at

In a grand gesture, Nokia decided to donate a total of USD 1 million for humanitarian assistance of the victims of the Kosovo crisis. The donation will be made through the Finnish Red Cross on Tuesday, April 13. With its donation, Nokia wants to contribute to providing fast support to the crisis area, wherever help is needed most.

Viant ( filed to go public on April 9th. Their S-1 has been filed with the S.E.C. and can be reviewed at:

Wacky! Here's a funny blurb that came across my desk: The Handwriting Company gives you a chance to be a 'new' person within 6 months; personality profiling - very in-depth and starting with clients age 6-8; employee theft/forgery cases made easy; employee screening, and genealogical services so people can bring their family tree to life and finally know the ancestors they've never met. ANYTHING having to do with handwriting for ANYONE! Discover the 'personality behind the pen' because handwriting never lies… and link to main.

Internet marketing veterans Matt Rothman and Michael Lipson have joined the Thinking Media Corporation offices in San Francisco. Matt and Michael will be charged with establishing strategic alliances with WestCoast companies. Matt Rothman was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sony Online Ventures. Matt conceived and launched Sony's online game service, and in 1994, as Director of Business Development for Sony New Technologies, Matt created Matt was a technology writer for twelve years. He is a recipient of the Loeb Award for Investigative Reporting. Michael Lipson was most recently Vice President, Strategic Alliances for planet U Inc., a leader in online promotions for consumer packaged goods. Michael previously held senior business roles for over a dozen interactive enterprises, including Total Entertainment Network, the Internet Underground Music Archive and Interval Research, Paul Allen's think-tank. Michael was the first President of the Board of the Multimedia Development Group, one of the first non-profit trade organizations for the multimedia industry. His first position in the interactive industry was in the early 1990's as a partner in GISTICS, a research firm that authored Apple's first white papers
on CD ROM development. Prior to this, Michael spent 8 years as an investment banker with GE Capital.

Karen Epper Hoffman recently joined the GartnerGroup as a research director in the payment systems area. She was formerly with Forrester Research's Money & Technology service in Boston and before that with the American Banker in New York.

Thomas L. Morell has joined the Bates USA Media Dept. agency as Sr. VP, Dir. of Media Planning for Product Accounts, and Richard Anderson has been promoted to Sr. VP, Associate Media Dir., Bates USA.

Bob Wyman has made the move to the other coast! He recently left New York and is now V.P. of Product Development at Marketwave in Seattle.

Don Voreck left his post at IBM / Lucent to work at Planet Access, a local Internet Service Provider.

There are lots of changes going on with Janice Gjersten. She's leaving AOL's Ditital City, after helping start Total NY, sell to Digital City in '97, and then sell Digital City to AOL in '98. Now she is branching out on her own again, marrying her soul mate Alexander Caillet, writing a book, turning a town around, advising a little with Creative Good, and starting a new dinner series. If you're interested in finding out more, e-mail her at:

David West Smith's (GEM) brother, Adam Smith, was invited to join MIT Media Lab to work on developing interactive toys. Congratulations Adam!

If you can still get it, check out Marisa Bowe's has a great article on the Alley in the 4/14 edition of the New York Observer.

Steve Grady reports that GoodNoise moved its headquarters to Redwood City last week. They can now be reached at GoodNoise Corporation, 1991 Broadway, Second Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063. Main number: 650-556-9733