10 Hot Start-Ups To Watch Highlighted In Annual Network World 200 Issue

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – APRIL 23, 2001 – Network World, the nation's leading network news publication, today published its annual list of 10 hot networking start-ups to watch in the Network World 200 Issue. The NW200 Issue is a special Signature Series edition ranking the 200 biggest U.S. public companies in the network industry by revenue and examining their health and financial well being. The complimentary start-up package reports on 10 innovative network companies poised to make significant strides in the year 2001.


This year's list of the 10 start-ups to watch consists of new ventures backed by experienced network professionals. Network World editors chose companies based on the innovation they've shown in creating products or services aimed at addressing challenging new business needs and opening markets. Other considerations included the industry experiences of each company's founders, top executives and other personnel; the amount and type of funding the company has received; and early customer and test center testimonials, where applicable. More information and analysis on these companies is available on our special NW200 portal on Network World Fusion, at http://www.nwfusion.com/nw200/2001, as well as an update on the start-ups to watch for 2000.

Representing an array of network technologies — from content delivery to fiber optics, e-commerce and security — these start-ups are all being built for the long haul. Network World's choices for 2001 are:

· Access360 (www.access360.com)

· Arbor Networks (www.arbornetworks.com)

· Asera (www.asera.com)

· Cereva Networks (www.cereva.com)

· CoreExpress (www.coreexpress.com)

· Ecora (www.ecora.com)

· GiantLoop Network (www.giantloop.com)

· Groove Networks (www.groovenetworks.com)

· Procket Networks (www.procket.com)

· Surgient Networks (www.surgient.com)

"You won't find any 20-somethings on this year's list. These entrepreneurs are focused on the essentials: delivering products, attracting enterprise customers and earning profits," said Beth Schultz, editor of the Signature Series. "Like previous start-ups we've picked, some of these companies will end up in future versions of the Network World 200, our annual ranking of the top public network companies."

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