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Despite Earlier Rumors, Zelerate's Still in Business

Mar 30, 2001, 00:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

Despite earlier reports intimating that Zelerate.com, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of open source e-commerce applications, has ceased operations, CEO Bonnie Crater says that simply isn't the case despite drastic reductions in staff.

Rumors first began circulating about the company's demise late yesterday afternoon, attracting the attention of press in part because of the company's relationship to idealab Capital Partners, a prominent underwriter of numerous Internet companies. A report released early this morning by The Register claimed the company was suspending operations today while a skeleton crew staff finished the process of shutting down for good.

Fuel was added to the speculative fire when Crater refused to confirm or deny the rumors, waiting instead until this afternoon to grant interviews discussing the situation in any detail. In an interview with LinuxToday, however, Crater said that while there have, indeed, been heavy layoffs, the remaining staff of five employees will continue to do business, working on a new software project she declined to discuss because it's in early developmental stages. Crater said Glen Ferber, a co-founder and Vice President of Technology, will be heading up the new project.

Crater also laid to rest concerns about the status of the existing codebase of Open Source, GPL'd software the company maintains both on its own site and SourceForge, saying that the company will continue to not only maintain the projects but remains committed to Open Source software for its future projects:

"Open Source software," said Crater, "is super customer-centric and we'll continue to maintain that code."

Zelerate, founded in 1998, provides a suite of open-source, WAP-enabled e-commerce applications it calls Zelerate AllCommerce. The software is licensed under the GPL. Zelerate partnerships include a strategic alliance and referral agreement with Jabber.com, the commercial arm of the open source instant messaging software.

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