For Immediate Release
Director of Business Development
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
IBM JOINS SILICON VALLEY WORLD
Participation in Prestigious "Think Tank"
Furthers IBM’s Commitment to West Coast Web Community
Palo Alto, CA-- April 13, 2000 -- IBM today announced its
sponsorship of the Silicon Valley World Internet Center (http://www.worldinternetcenter.com),
a premier collaboration and networking facility for the advancement
of Internet-related technologies and markets.
As an executive sponsor, IBM will participate with other Silicon
Valley industry leaders in community development programs, partnership
opportunities and customized “think tank” sessions to solicit and
exchange new ideas. The combination of the Center’s activities
and IBM’s leading research on e-business technology and innovation
will be a valuable resource for Internet entrepreneurs.
IBM, the largest information technology company in the world, is
also one of the largest employers in Silicon Valley, with more than
11,000 employees. Joining the Silicon Valley World Internet
Center, long recognized for its delivery of new business opportunities,
is a natural complement to the company’s commitment to, and involvement
with, the Bay Area Internet community.
"IBM is excited about collaborating with the Silicon
Valley World Internet Center, which has developed strong relationships
with local thought leaders who are shaping the next generation of
e-business," said Leslie Givens, Program Director for e-business
technologies, IBM Corp., located in Cupertino. "Through
our participation, we hope to contribute to the Center’s objectives
in advancing Internet innovation."
As an executive sponsor, IBM will also showcase its technology
innovations and perspective on emerging business models to Center
participants, hold panel discussions with sponsors and other Internet
thought leaders, and participate in customer showcases and special
events. IBM will also be a regular participant at the Center’s weekly
informal open meetings.
"The possibilities for collaborative advancement of e-markets
are endless. We are thrilled to welcome IBM as a world renowned
thought leader to contribute to this dynamic knowledge network.
The entire industry will benefit from that contribution," said
Dr. Susan J. Duggan, CEO, Silicon Valley World Internet Center.
IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with
80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software
offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating
systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers
to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest
way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM
Software home page at http://www.software.ibm.com.
SILICON VALLEY WORLD INTERNET CENTER
The Center, a dynamic think tank, showcase and collaboration facility
for the advancement of eMarkets and Internet-related technologies,
is currently sponsored by key companies in the Internet revolution:
Amdocs, Inc., Deutsche Telekom, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation,
SAP, and Sun Microsystems.