HotDispatch Strengthens Powerful Technical Exchange With New Functionality And Improved Usability

Online Community Knowledge Marketplace Aims to Continue Rapid User Growth With

Features Designed to Enhance Site's Functions



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from HotDispatch, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- HotDispatch, a leading
 provider of infrastructure to power online technical communities, today
 launched an even more powerful and efficient HotDispatch exchange.
 Substantial upgrades to site functionality and a re-designed user interface
 will make it easier for developers to post questions, propose or locate talent
 for project work and, exchange software.  HotDispatch's commitment to
 improving its visitors' experience has contributed to an 800 percent increase
 in the site's user base over the last year.
     HotDispatch hosts a technical marketplace, providing users access to
 global IT talent with whom they can exchange knowledge.  Significant
 improvements will enhance the site's usability and the accessibility of
 important information.  HotDispatch's revamped task dashboard will give
 developers streamlined access to the questions and tasks most appropriate to
 their skills.  Information is now being presented in a layout familiar to the
 developer community -- a mail-style interface that offers a concise view of
 the options available.  The task dashboard will enable visitors to jump
 immediately to the topics that interest them, resulting in greatly increased
 efficiency.
     HotDispatch has also added a "Tell a Friend" tool that enables users to
 forward information about specific questions and projects to peers outside the
 community.  The Tell a Friend feature builds the community virally by inviting
 talented people in to find project work or answer questions.
     In addition to improvements to question and project functionality,
 usability of the site has been enhanced with increased search capabilities.
 HotDispatch re-designed the search algorithm in order to deliver
 better-targeted results faster.
     "HotDispatch was designed to increase productivity and foster innovation
 within the development community.  Giving developers the opportunity to work
 more efficiently results in quick resolution to technical issues and,
 ultimately, faster time-to-market," said Mike Kaul, CEO of HotDispatch.  "We
 will take every measure possible to make the HotDispatch experience helpful,
 easy and enjoyable for our visitors."
     The latest improvements to the site's design and functionality are
 evidence of HotDispatch's ongoing commitment to user satisfaction.  Since
 1999, the site has added over 50,000 members to its ever-expanding community.
     "HotDispatch has been an invaluable resource to me in the year and a half
 that I have been using the exchange.  It is an excellent place to build up
 international visibility and has exactly the right mix of questions and
 projects.  The HotDispatch features like archived questions, ratings, task
 management and payment transactions make it easy for me to do a great job as a
 knowledge provider," said Jeanette Winzenburg, an independent software
 designer.  "These improvements will help me answer questions and bid on
 projects even more efficiently and effectively."
     In related news, HotDispatch also announced today new corporate services,
 including HotDispatch Corporate Accounts and Corporate OfficeFronts.
 HotDispatch Corporate Accounts is a comprehensive online service that allows
 IT directors to give their internal staff access to a worldwide pool of
 technical expertise for project support.  The service includes upgrades to the
 site's project functionality, such as more flexible payments, simplified
 account management and decreased transaction fees on projects over
 $50,000.  Corporate OfficeFronts allows corporations to quickly create a
 corporate store within the HotDispatch network that showcases the company's
 services and software, enabling them to sell or offer downloads of digital
 products such as software, application patches or educational materials.
 HotDispatch incorporates the OfficeFronts pages into a gallery of talents that
 can be viewed by other visitors seeking freelance talent and software.
 
     About HotDispatch
     HotDispatch, Inc. provides a fully hosted solution for powering online
 communities that allow users to answer questions posted by others, propose or
 locate talent for project work, and exchange software.  Companies such as Sun,
 IBM, HP Bluestone and Palm use HotDispatch technology to provide powerful Web
 destinations that form the foundation for strong technical communities.
 Prominent angel investors Mitchell Kapor and Omar Khudari and leading venture
 capital firms New Enterprise Associates, SAP Ventures, Worldcom Ventures and
 Accel Partners finance HotDispatch.  The company is headquartered in
 Mountain View, Calif. Additional information is available at
 www.HotDispatch.com.
 
 

SOURCE HotDispatch, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- HotDispatch, a leading
 provider of infrastructure to power online technical communities, today
 launched an even more powerful and efficient HotDispatch exchange.
 Substantial upgrades to site functionality and a re-designed user interface
 will make it easier for developers to post questions, propose or locate talent
 for project work and, exchange software.  HotDispatch's commitment to
 improving its visitors' experience has contributed to an 800 percent increase
 in the site's user base over the last year.
     HotDispatch hosts a technical marketplace, providing users access to
 global IT talent with whom they can exchange knowledge.  Significant
 improvements will enhance the site's usability and the accessibility of
 important information.  HotDispatch's revamped task dashboard will give
 developers streamlined access to the questions and tasks most appropriate to
 their skills.  Information is now being presented in a layout familiar to the
 developer community -- a mail-style interface that offers a concise view of
 the options available.  The task dashboard will enable visitors to jump
 immediately to the topics that interest them, resulting in greatly increased
 efficiency.
     HotDispatch has also added a "Tell a Friend" tool that enables users to
 forward information about specific questions and projects to peers outside the
 community.  The Tell a Friend feature builds the community virally by inviting
 talented people in to find project work or answer questions.
     In addition to improvements to question and project functionality,
 usability of the site has been enhanced with increased search capabilities.
 HotDispatch re-designed the search algorithm in order to deliver
 better-targeted results faster.
     "HotDispatch was designed to increase productivity and foster innovation
 within the development community.  Giving developers the opportunity to work
 more efficiently results in quick resolution to technical issues and,
 ultimately, faster time-to-market," said Mike Kaul, CEO of HotDispatch.  "We
 will take every measure possible to make the HotDispatch experience helpful,
 easy and enjoyable for our visitors."
     The latest improvements to the site's design and functionality are
 evidence of HotDispatch's ongoing commitment to user satisfaction.  Since
 1999, the site has added over 50,000 members to its ever-expanding community.
     "HotDispatch has been an invaluable resource to me in the year and a half
 that I have been using the exchange.  It is an excellent place to build up
 international visibility and has exactly the right mix of questions and
 projects.  The HotDispatch features like archived questions, ratings, task
 management and payment transactions make it easy for me to do a great job as a
 knowledge provider," said Jeanette Winzenburg, an independent software
 designer.  "These improvements will help me answer questions and bid on
 projects even more efficiently and effectively."
     In related news, HotDispatch also announced today new corporate services,
 including HotDispatch Corporate Accounts and Corporate OfficeFronts.
 HotDispatch Corporate Accounts is a comprehensive online service that allows
 IT directors to give their internal staff access to a worldwide pool of
 technical expertise for project support.  The service includes upgrades to the
 site's project functionality, such as more flexible payments, simplified
 account management and decreased transaction fees on projects over
 $50,000.  Corporate OfficeFronts allows corporations to quickly create a
 corporate store within the HotDispatch network that showcases the company's
 services and software, enabling them to sell or offer downloads of digital
 products such as software, application patches or educational materials.
 HotDispatch incorporates the OfficeFronts pages into a gallery of talents that
 can be viewed by other visitors seeking freelance talent and software.
 
     About HotDispatch
     HotDispatch, Inc. provides a fully hosted solution for powering online
 communities that allow users to answer questions posted by others, propose or
 locate talent for project work, and exchange software.  Companies such as Sun,
 IBM, HP Bluestone and Palm use HotDispatch technology to provide powerful Web
 destinations that form the foundation for strong technical communities.
 Prominent angel investors Mitchell Kapor and Omar Khudari and leading venture
 capital firms New Enterprise Associates, SAP Ventures, Worldcom Ventures and
 Accel Partners finance HotDispatch.  The company is headquartered in
 Mountain View, Calif. Additional information is available at
 www.HotDispatch.com.
 
 SOURCE  HotDispatch, Inc.