A Massachusetts based start-up plans to build and run intranets for small businesses and non profit organisations free of charge.
Intranets.com used to be called Intranetics and created off the shelf software for companies to build their own intranets, but the board met in June and decided to refocus and rename the company.
Intranets.com, which has European headquarters in the Netherlands, now provides customers with a series of software templates to help them design their own Web pages, which it then hosts on its own computers. The service includes free Internet applications, Web hosting and custom made URLs.
The firm said it has already attracted more than 2,000 customers in the two weeks it has been testing the service.
Steve Crummey, Intranets.com's chief executive and cofounder, claimed: "We're taking the complexity out of intranets." Intranets are based on the same technology as the Web, but run on corporate networks.
To subscribe to the service, customers fill out a questionnaire to enable the firm to design an intranet that fits their profile. The intranets use the Goto.com search engine of Intranets.com's sister company and customised content from Newsedge, a news wholesaler.
Intranets.com has also announced partnerships with Stockpoint, which will assist in building a personal finance area on the intranets to provide portfolios, stock quotes, mutual fund data and company profiles.
The company also plans to introduce an "Intranetsrewards" programme to provide customers with financial incentives to make purchases through its intranets. Digital River will host the Intranets.com Software Store, which will sell more than 100,000 downloadable packaged software applications and digital products.
The start-up is backed by entrepreneur Bill Gross, founder of investment firm, idealab! His ventures also include FreePC.com, which gives away computers to consumers who agree to be exposed to advertising, Netzero, which offers free Internet access services, and Homepage.com, which provides free Web home pages to consumers.
Intranets.com is expected to go public within the next twelve months.
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