Vortex 2000 Announces Underwriters and Speakers; DEMO at Vortex Pavilion to Showcase New Convergence Appliances

SAN MATEO, CA – MAY 9, 2000 – As Vortex 2000 approaches sold- out status, producers Bob Metcalfe and John Gallant today announced underwriters, speakers and panelists for the annual event, which addresses business issues arising from convergence of the Internet, telephone and television networking industries. In addition, IDG announced 17 demonstrators at this year's new DEMO(R) at Vortex Pavilion. Vortex 2000, to be held May 23-26 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, will gather invited executives from the converging industries, entrepreneurs, investors, government policy makers, analysts and the press.

Speakers with Diverse Viewpoints to Present

To spark discussion and debate, Vortex 2000 speakers and panelists represent a wide range of viewpoints and industry roles. They include Eric Benhamou, 3Com; Henry Blodget, Merrill Lynch; Eric Brewer, Inktomi; Todd Brooks, Mayfield Fund; Jim Crowe, Level 3; Yogen Dalal, Mayfield Fund; Sky Dayton, eCompanies; Jon DeVaan, Microsoft; John Drew, Lucent; Kathleen Earley, AT&T; Bill Esrey, Sprint; Dave Farber, FCC; Adam Grosser, Excite@Home; Joe Guglielmi, Motorola; Dan Hesse, TeraBeam; Reed Hundt, McKinsey & Company; David Isenberg, isen.com; Philippe Kahn, LightSurf; Marty Kaplan, Sprint; Bill Kennard, FCC; Andy Kessler, Velocity Capital; Anil Khatod, Nortel; Vinod Khosla, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ; Roland Koch, Siemens AG; Joe Nacchio, Qwest; Jim Olson, SkyStream; Jim O'Toole, SightPath; Jim Parmelee, Credit Suisse First Boston; Virginia Postrel, Reason Magazine; John Prisco, 2nd Century Communications; Mike Ramsay, TiVo; Jimmy Schaeffler, The Carmel Group; Jonathan Seelig, Akamai; John Sidgmore, MCI WorldCom; Brad Silverberg, Ignition; Solomon Trujillo, U S West; Ralph Ungermann, FVC.com; Les Vadasz, Intel; and Mike Volpi, Cisco.

DEMO at Vortex 2000

Vortex has joined forces with DEMO producers Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes to showcase the hottest convergence appliances in the Internet, telephone and television networking industries. Demonstrators include: AT&T Media Labs; Be, Inc.; BeVocal; BuzzMe; Congruency; GeoCast; iSurfTV; Kerbango; Mongo Music; Microsoft; Motorola; Nortel Networks; Palm; Phone.com; PictureIQ; Polycom and Siemens.

Technology Leaders Underwrite Conference

Vortex 2000's twelve underwriters are 3Com, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group, Level(3), Lucent Technologies, Mayfield Fund, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Siemens and Sprint.

Attendance at Vortex 2000 is by invitation-only and capped at 350. For more information, please visit www.vortex2000.com , or call IDG Executive Forums at 1-800-633-4312.

About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the high technology marketplace. The company provides the industry analysis, information, insights and networking opportunities its customers need to excel in the fastest-paced marketplace in the world. Most widely known for producing the high-tech industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include Agenda(R), Demo(R), DemoMobile(R), Vortex(TM), Demo Executive Roundtable(TM), and DemoLetter(TM). IDG Executive Forums is a business unit of International Data Group, the world's leading supplier of information services on information technology. Company information is available at www.idgexecforums.com .

About IDG

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 (www.idg.net ), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

About Bob Metcalfe

Technology pundit Bob Metcalfe is a successful engineer, entrepreneur, educator, and opinion leader in the high-tech community. After graduating from MIT and Harvard, Metcalfe joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he invented Ethernet in 1973. Metcalfe is also noted for having founded 3Com Corporation, now a $5 billion global data networking company. In 1992 he joined the International Data Group where he serves as Vice President Technology and writer of an internationally syndicated weekly column in InfoWorld. In addition to Vortex, Metcalfe is the executive producer of Agenda, the annual gathering of the leaders of the computer industry.