If there was any doubt that Baratz is an idiot

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From: Mark Baker (distobj@acm.org)
Date: Sun Jun 11 2000 - 20:23:41 PDT

Baratz & Zaplets, a match made in heaven.

These guys were at JavaOne, and had an unbelievably lame booth showing
absolutely nothing of interest. Did anybody here try their
JavaOne-schedule emailer? More lameness - I asked it to send me my
schedule, and I got somebody else's schedule instead.


                   Former Sun exec Baratz joins
                   June 11, 2000
                   by Adam Feuerstein

                   Alan Baratz, the former high-profile Sun
                   Microsystems executive, is taking the CEO
                   post at a Silicon Valley Internet startup backed
                   by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

                   Baratz, known for his executive stewardship of
                   the Java computer language while at Sun
                   (SUNW), will join FireDrop Inc. on July 10,
                   after some persistent lobbying from Vinod
                   Khosla, the celebrated Kleiner partner in charge
                   of the firm's FireDrop investment.

                   "At first, I met with the FireDrop team only to get
                   Vinod off my phone," Baratz says, jokingly. "I'm
                   glad I did, because I've never seen anything as
                   cool as the FireDrop technology. This is the most
                   compelling thing I've seen since Java."

                   Instant sharing
                   FireDrop has created a new group
                   communications platform that it calls Zaplets. A
                   hybrid of email, Web page and instant
                   messaging, Zaplets transforms once-static email
                   into a "live" website where groups of people can
                   share opinions, photos, information or messages.



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