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Day: September 7, 1999 (Page 2 of 2) Secures First Round of Venture Funding, announced that it has received a first round of equity financing from Madrona Investment Group and ARCH Venture Partners. The company will use the funding to ramp operations and plans to release its first product early next year for advanced XML database technology for enterprise and e-commerce products. In addition to VC funding, the company has received financial backing from David Pool, CEO of DataChannel. headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. was founded in June, 1999.

Sequoia Software Announces Partnership with The Windward Group

Sequoia Software Corporation announced a reseller agreement with The Windward Group. The Sequoia XML Portal is a platform upon which Windward’s technical staff will deliver customized enterprise information portals.This agreement will extend Sequoia Software’s presence throughout the western United States via Windward’s headquarters near San Jose and its affiliate offices near Seattle, San Diego and Salt Lake City. Sequoia’s XML Portal delivers personalized information snapshots assembled from any of the XML data elements managed by the portal’s patent-pending XML index.,

Microsoft Ships Vizact 2000

Microsoft Corp. announced the immediate worldwide availability of Microsoft Vizact 2000, which allows users to add the dynamic and engaging features of the Web to their HTML documents. The Vizact 2000 technology allows users to add multimedia functionality such as timing, animation and interactivity to their Web documents, turning them into “active documents.” With Vizact 2000, document authors can control multimedia functionality (e.g., text, images and sound) in their documents to increase attention to key messages, enhancing readers’ understanding and retention of ideas. Via the Vizact Timeline, users can control when elements appear and disappear, the movement of elements, and the reaction of the elements to a user’s mouse. Since Vizact looks and works like the Office family of applications, new users can get up and running quickly and easily. Vizact includes professionally designed wizards and templates, giving users impressive, professional results without requiring them to master new technology. Part of Microsoft’s overall knowledge management strategy, Vizact is an example of providing knowledge workers with the right information at the right time. Vizact 2000 is available now in stores for the suggested retail price of $149.

NCompass Labs Establishes U.S. Office; Hires VPs Of Sales & Business Development

NCompass Labs Inc. announced the opening of its U.S. center of operations in Silicon Valley. The company’s newly appointed vice president of sales, Chris Sterbenc, will be responsible for all operations at NCompass Labs USA, which is headquartered at 2155 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 210, Campbell, Calif. Also new to NCompass Labs USA is Stan Shull, the company’s vice president of business development. Previously, Sterbenc was the vice president of sales for Rainmaker Systems, a business process outsource company for large software publishers. Prior to Rainmaker Systems, Sterbenc managed the reseller channel at Edify Corporation, a provider of intelligent software agents for the Web. Prior to joining NCompass Labs, Shull was the director of business development at Boeing Enterprises, the investment arm of The Boeing Company.

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