Ariba Announces Larry Mueller and SOFTBANK's Masayoshi Son to Join Its Board Of Directors

Expansion of Board Underscores Commitment to B2B Market Expansion Ariba Board

Member John Mumford Retires



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ariba, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA)
 the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce solutions provider, today
 announced that Ariba CEO, Larry A. Mueller and President and CEO of SOFTBANK
 CORP., Masayoshi Son, have been appointed to its Board of Directors replacing
 Crosspoint Corporation founder John Mumford, who has retired from Ariba's
 board to focus on his entrepreneurial business endeavors.
     "Expanding Ariba's Board of Directors to include Larry Mueller and
 Masayoshi Son brings the added depth and experience necessary to extend our
 lead in the eCommerce market worldwide," said Keith Krach, chairman of Ariba.
 "I look forward to working with both Larry and Son-san to direct Ariba's next
 phase of growth.  We are extremely grateful for the contributions John Mumford
 made to Ariba's Board during our company's inception and drive to market
 leadership; we wish him all the best in the future, we know he will always be
 a part of the Ariba family."
     "Ariba is the undisputed leader and pioneer in B2B eCommerce and together
 with SOFTBANK has realized tremendous success in Japan, a strong world market
 for many industries," said Masayoshi Son. "We look forward to expanding our
 existing relationship as I join the Board of Directors and work even more
 closely with Larry and Keith to grow Ariba's international presence."
     Masayoshi Son is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of
 SOFTBANK CORP, a leading pioneer in the global acceptance of the Internet.
 Today, SOFTBANK owns a wide variety of Internet companies and has leading
 ownership positions in the Internet's blue chip companies.  With Masayoshi
 Son, SOFTBANK has continually expanded into new areas.  In 1988, the company
 began multinational activities by establishing SOFTBANK America, which
 coordinated SOFTBANK's business in North America.  Over the past several
 years, SOFTBANK has expanded into international markets through a series of
 joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions.  SOFTBANK has also expanded
 internationally by establishing regional joint ventures and private equity
 funds to build the best Internet companies in Europe, Latin America, Asia and
 Australia.
     "My four and a half years on Ariba's Board of Directors have been an
 incredibly rewarding professional experience," said Mumford.  "I leave knowing
 that the new appointments, Larry Mueller and Masayoshi Son, will make huge
 contributions to the Board and Ariba."
 
     About Ariba
     Ariba, Inc. is the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce solutions
 provider.  Ariba's open, end-to-end, interoperable software solutions and
 hosted Web-based commerce services enable efficient online trade, integration
 and collaboration between B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce
 service providers.  The global reach and best-of-breed functionality of Ariba
 B2B eCommerce solutions create Internet-driven economies of scale and process
 efficiencies for leading companies around the world.  Ariba can be contacted
 in the U.S. at 650-930-6200 or at www.ariba.com.
 
     NOTE:  Ariba and the Ariba logo are registered trademarks of Ariba, Inc.
 All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification
 purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 1995:  Information and announcements in this release involve Ariba's
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future and are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties.  All forward-looking statements included in this release are
 based upon information available to Ariba as of the date of the release, and
 we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.  These
 statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could
 differ materially from our current expectations.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:  delays in
 development or shipment of new versions of our Ariba B2B Commerce Platform;
 lack of market acceptance of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform or other new
 products or services; inability to continue to develop competitive new
 products and services on a timely basis; introduction of new products or
 services by major competitors; our ability to attract and retain qualified
 employees; difficulties in assimilating companies previously acquired,
 including Tradex, Trading Dynamics, and SupplierMarket.com; inability to
 expand our operations to support increased growth; lengthening sales cycles
 and the recognition of an increasing portion of revenues at the end of the
 quarter; declining economic conditions, including a recession; inability to
 control costs; changes in our pricing or compensation policies; inability to
 successfully manage a reduction in the company's workforce; and significant
 fluctuations in our stock price.  These and other factors and risks associated
 with our business are discussed in the Company's Form 10-K filed
 December 29, 2000 and Form 10-Q filed February 14, 2001.
 
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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA)
 the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce solutions provider, today
 announced that Ariba CEO, Larry A. Mueller and President and CEO of SOFTBANK
 CORP., Masayoshi Son, have been appointed to its Board of Directors replacing
 Crosspoint Corporation founder John Mumford, who has retired from Ariba's
 board to focus on his entrepreneurial business endeavors.
     "Expanding Ariba's Board of Directors to include Larry Mueller and
 Masayoshi Son brings the added depth and experience necessary to extend our
 lead in the eCommerce market worldwide," said Keith Krach, chairman of Ariba.
 "I look forward to working with both Larry and Son-san to direct Ariba's next
 phase of growth.  We are extremely grateful for the contributions John Mumford
 made to Ariba's Board during our company's inception and drive to market
 leadership; we wish him all the best in the future, we know he will always be
 a part of the Ariba family."
     "Ariba is the undisputed leader and pioneer in B2B eCommerce and together
 with SOFTBANK has realized tremendous success in Japan, a strong world market
 for many industries," said Masayoshi Son. "We look forward to expanding our
 existing relationship as I join the Board of Directors and work even more
 closely with Larry and Keith to grow Ariba's international presence."
     Masayoshi Son is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of
 SOFTBANK CORP, a leading pioneer in the global acceptance of the Internet.
 Today, SOFTBANK owns a wide variety of Internet companies and has leading
 ownership positions in the Internet's blue chip companies.  With Masayoshi
 Son, SOFTBANK has continually expanded into new areas.  In 1988, the company
 began multinational activities by establishing SOFTBANK America, which
 coordinated SOFTBANK's business in North America.  Over the past several
 years, SOFTBANK has expanded into international markets through a series of
 joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions.  SOFTBANK has also expanded
 internationally by establishing regional joint ventures and private equity
 funds to build the best Internet companies in Europe, Latin America, Asia and
 Australia.
     "My four and a half years on Ariba's Board of Directors have been an
 incredibly rewarding professional experience," said Mumford.  "I leave knowing
 that the new appointments, Larry Mueller and Masayoshi Son, will make huge
 contributions to the Board and Ariba."
 
     About Ariba
     Ariba, Inc. is the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce solutions
 provider.  Ariba's open, end-to-end, interoperable software solutions and
 hosted Web-based commerce services enable efficient online trade, integration
 and collaboration between B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce
 service providers.  The global reach and best-of-breed functionality of Ariba
 B2B eCommerce solutions create Internet-driven economies of scale and process
 efficiencies for leading companies around the world.  Ariba can be contacted
 in the U.S. at 650-930-6200 or at www.ariba.com.
 
     NOTE:  Ariba and the Ariba logo are registered trademarks of Ariba, Inc.
 All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification
 purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 1995:  Information and announcements in this release involve Ariba's
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future and are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties.  All forward-looking statements included in this release are
 based upon information available to Ariba as of the date of the release, and
 we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.  These
 statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could
 differ materially from our current expectations.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:  delays in
 development or shipment of new versions of our Ariba B2B Commerce Platform;
 lack of market acceptance of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform or other new
 products or services; inability to continue to develop competitive new
 products and services on a timely basis; introduction of new products or
 services by major competitors; our ability to attract and retain qualified
 employees; difficulties in assimilating companies previously acquired,
 including Tradex, Trading Dynamics, and SupplierMarket.com; inability to
 expand our operations to support increased growth; lengthening sales cycles
 and the recognition of an increasing portion of revenues at the end of the
 quarter; declining economic conditions, including a recession; inability to
 control costs; changes in our pricing or compensation policies; inability to
 successfully manage a reduction in the company's workforce; and significant
 fluctuations in our stock price.  These and other factors and risks associated
 with our business are discussed in the Company's Form 10-K filed
 December 29, 2000 and Form 10-Q filed February 14, 2001.
 
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