Friday, October 01, 1999

Bits & Bytes -and- Shakers & Stirrers 10/1/99

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Marielle Smith, Silicon Alley Connections' brilliant recruiter placed Howard Witt as the Editor at Howard came from Chicago Tribune, and he is going to head
Brill's Content website. Reports are that he started on Monday and is very happy!

Ofer Cohen has left SonicNet to start his own firm, Pumpum.

David Centner has launched a new Internet business, MaterialNet, which will be a neutral business-to-business marketplace for buyers of raw materials. MaterialNet's mission is to globally transform the way raw materials are purchased. Raw materials procurement is a $1.4 trillion industry in the U.S. They've raised several million dollars in financing a few months ago, and were just written up by Bear Stearns as one of 50 emerging Internet marketplaces!

Philadelphia Internet professional services pioneer i-site today announced the hiring of Laurie Snyder as Director of Interactive Design, and Aaron Weber as Web Developer.

David Frackman (madscience INC- is doing fine in SF, after moving out there from NYC. He just got a ceo for his company (who was at Myriad).

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announced the launch of Films, a feature film production company established as a new division of , the New York-based media and entertainment interactive development company. “’s mission has always been to conceive, produce and distribute innovative entertainment experiences across multiple media platforms,” explains CEO Mark Patricof. “ Films is a natural evolution of that mission.”

EDGAR Online Inc. announced that it has chosen ORB Digital as its advertising agency of record.

Flycast and CMGI announced a definitive agreement that CMGI would acquire Flycast Communications Corporation.

R/GA Interactive has designed the first Web site for French Connection UK, the British fashion label. The site ( launches tomorrow, and opens with a series of saucy images and corresponding text. The US section of the site offers visitors the ability to browse an online catalog, provides a list of store addresses in the US and around the world, and contains an e-commerce section where you can buy the latest line of French Connection T-shirts, complete with suggestive, tongue-in-cheek taglines.

Marcis Interactive and Pitaru Design have come together together to bring a one-of-a-kind project to the Internet. A hybrid advertising/production company, Marcis Interactive is creating a weekly episodic entertainment program on the Internet for the purpose of attracting advertisers.