IDG Executive Forums Introduces Information Portal

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA- MAY 23, 2000 – IDG Executive Forums today launched, from the Vortex 2000 conference in Southern California, a new information and resource-sharing platform for the technology industry elite. Vortex.Net, a Web site spun from the exclusive Vortex conference, aggregates news, information and ideas about the convergence of the Internet, telephone and television networking technologies. Designed for the industry leaders who are responsible for the way the world communicates, Vortex.Net forms a community for today's most relevant networking industries to share resources, learn, and develop partnerships.

IDG Executive Forums has partnered with sister company IDG.Net to aggregate relevant articles and news from IDG's vast IT publications, including Network

World, Computerworld, CIO, and InfoWorld magazine. Additionally, Vortex.Net features a weekly electronic newsletter highlighting

specific convergence-related stories, market activity and industry analysis.

The Vortex editorial team includes John Gallant, Vortex associate producer, and Bob Metcalfe, industry pundit, Vortex executive producer, inventor of

Ethernet, founder of 3Com, and vice president technology at IDG.

"Vortex.Net is a free resource for the world's convergence professionals who are implementing key business strategies, developing technologies, and

changing the way society communicates and accesses information," said Lia Lorenzano, president of IDG Executive Forums. "This year-round site provides

an invaluable information exchange similar to that developed by the Vortex conference."

Vortex.Net is supported by the companies that are leading the networking technology revolution. Sponsors include AT&T, 3Com, Cisco, Credit Suisse

First Boston, Level 3, Mayfield Fund, Nortel, Siermens, Merrill Lynch, Lucent, Motorola and Sprint. Vortex.Net is specifically designed for the industry

leaders selected each year to participate in the Vortex conference, an international community of senior industry executives, venture capitalists,

government policy makers, securities analysts and key business and trade press.

About Vortex

Vortex products confront the business issues arising from the convergence of the Internet, telephone and television networking technologies. The highest

aim of Vortex is to assist in forming the new community of those who will be leading this convergence.

Vortex.Net, the online resource for news, information and ideas about the converging network technologies, is designed to provide a critical information

exchange for the Vortex community. The Vortex conference is by invitation only, for senior industry executives, government policy makers, securities

analysts, and press. Hosted by executive producers Bob Metcalfe and John Gallant, Vortex 2000 will be held May 23-26, 2000 in Laguna Niguel,

California. For more information, visit http://www.vortex2000.com/ .

About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the technology marketplace. The company provides the industry

analysis, information, insights and strategic networking opportunities its customers need to excel in today's fastest-paced global marketplace. Most widely known for producing the industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include Agenda(R), Demo(R), DemoMobile(R), Vortex(R), Demo Executive Roundtable(R), DemoLetter(R), and Vortex.Net. More information can be found at http://www.idgexecforums.com .

About IDG

IDG Executive Forums is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net ), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .