For Immediate Release
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
METIOM NAMED FIRST AFFILIATE SPONSOR OF SILICON
VALLEY WORLD INTERNET CENTER
New sponsorship class allows pre-IPO companies
to benefit from branding and market exposure.
Palo Alto, CAóSeptember 27, 2000 -- The Silicon Valley World
Internet Center (www.worldinternetcenter.com) today named Metiom
(www.metiom.com), a New York-based e-Marketplace builder formerly
known as Intelisys, to be the Centerís premiere Affiliate Sponsor.
Metiom is the first company to take advantage of a new level of
sponsorship now available to pre-IPO Internet-related companies.
The Center, headquartered in Palo Alto, is a combination think tank,
showcase and collaboration facility for the advancement of Internet
technologies and markets.
Metiom is a privately held company whose major
backers are Chase Manhattan and Forstmann Little. Metiom builds
many-to-many e-Marketplaces for large corporate and public sector
clients like First Union, Intuit, BHP as well as the State of Maryland
and the Multi-State EMall. Last month, Metiom kicked off a $22 million
national marketing campaign featuring ads in the Wall Street Journal,
Forbes, Fortune and other major publications.
"Until now, only very large, key companies
in the Internet revolution such as IBM, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard
Company, Deutsch Telekom, and Amdocs, Inc. at the $200,000-per-year
level could reap the exposure, branding and knowledge exchange benefits
of being a sponsor of the Center," said Susan J. Duggan, CEO
and co-founder of the Center.
"We've had requests from smaller companies
who want to become sponsors but cannot yet allocate $100,000 or
$200,000 for the Associate and Executive Sponsorships. With the
establishment of the new Affiliate Sponsorship at $25,000 per year,
the well-funded start-ups can, for the first time, be seen and heard
as innovators and thought leaders of the Internet economy as sponsors
of the Center," she said.
"The Silicon Valley World Internet Center
is one of the top thought leaders in the technology field today,"
said Chris Wagner, president and chief executive officer of Metiom.
"As the Centerís first affiliate sponsor, we will work with
the Center to promote the open exchange of ideas on how the Internet
can help small and medium-sized businesses."
Affiliate Sponsorship at the Center provides pre-IPO
companies with a suite of features to assist them in branding, knowledge
exchange and new market and partner opportunities. These include
technology and service demonstrations; exclusive "Pub Talks" to
the weekly gathering of more than 100 executives, venture capitalists
and entrepreneurs; priority inclusion in Center programs and events;
description of company, product and services, with recognition and
hyperlinks on the Center website; signage at the Center; recognition
in Center publications; and the ability to order custom programming
at the Center at a discounted rate.
"We are the only company building easy-to-use
e-Marketplaces for millions of small and medium-sized businesses,"
said Wagner. "We joined the center because we recognized the
benefits of keeping in touch with new trends and ideas in the industry."
Metiom™ Inc. (pronounced Mee-tee-um), formerly
Intelisys Electronic Commerce, is a leading provider of e-Marketplace
solutions used by Global 2000 companies, large public sector organizations,
and small businesses. The Metiom ConnectTrade™ suite of products
is a dynamic, open e-procurement solution that connects businesses
of all sizes as buyers and suppliers over the Internet to deliver
the true promise of B2B e-commerce. Metiom ConnectTrade automates
corporate purchasing online, and is based on open standards, real-time
Supplier-Managed Catalogs™ and Point-and-Click Purchasing™.
Metiom solutions deliver the easiest and fastest way to dramatically
reduce the high cost of enterprise purchasing, while generating
new revenue streams by turning buyers into suppliers overnight.
For information on Metiom, visit our Web site at www.metiom.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,
Metiom, SAP, and Sun Microsystems.