From: Mark Baker (email@example.com)
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."
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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