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Between the Lines
Whether you use the term "downsizing" or "rightsizing,"
many savvy firms are devising new schemes to survive the lagging economy.
We regularly print stories about entrepreneurs and public companies
who have, under stress, devised intelligent ways to serve their clients
and meet their payrolls.
In this issue read about how a small company (Mainsail Associates,
page 4) and a big company (Opinion Research Corporation, page 44)
are meeting those challenges, in part by moving to different spaces.
A third entrepreneur, unfortunately, has had to close her doors (page
Though everyone is feeling the pinch now, it seems like just yesterday
that the dotcoms were the ones taking the hit. The headline "Dotcom,
Dotgone" turned into a cliche. But when we looked at Internet-based
companies from three years ago, we found that some are doing surprisingly
well. You will find stories for nine of them, starting on page 10.
Our thanks to Stan Kephart for transforming an array of head shots
into a whimsical scene of Internet survivors on our cover.
They are, from left to right, JanMarie Zwiren of Publicis eHealth
Solutions (page 42), Raj Lakhanpal of HealthAtoZ.com (page 10), Mike
Meighan, president of BAMnet (page 11), Niki Fielding of Digital Brand
Expressions (page 41), David Sobin, formerly of a division of Ariel,
now CEO of BAMnet (page 11), Michael Simmons, formerly of Princeton
Internet Solutions (page 39), and Flint Lane, formerly of Paytrust
and founder of Factor Systems (BillTrust, page 40).
In the cover story on VivoMetrics (July 16), Andy Behar
lives in Ventura, California, not in Manhattan, and Marvin Sackner
MD is a pulmonologist. Also, the company’s product, the LifeShirt,
does not "give" energy expenditure, core temperature, and
CO2 output. Rather, it estimates those values. And this quotation,
"the company is creating an environment where a patient can have
a 24-hour cardio-pulmonary kinetic profile," should have said
the patient "is viewed" in terms of that profile.
I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed the reviews
of Opera Festival of New Jersey’s productions of "Eugene Onegin"
and "Wozzeck" by Elaine Strauss (U.S. 1, July 16). My husband
and I attended both, including the final performance of "Wozzeck"
on July 19. It was the first time we had seen "Wozzeck," although
we had heard it via the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.
I read Ms. Strauss’s review both before and after the performance,
and she really described the production, music, and staging perfectly
We have been attending OFNJ since moving to East Windsor three years
ago and can only agree with Ms. Strauss that it is too bad the season
presented by this professional opera company is over.
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