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      EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, dated as of January 22, 2001 between Jeffrey Baudo
(the "Executive") and, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company").

      1. Term of Agreement. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the term
of employment of the Executive under this Employment Agreement shall be for the
period of two years commencing on January 22, 2001 unless sooner terminated as
provided in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 hereof. Such term of
employment is herein sometimes called the "Employment Term.

      2. Duties and Responsibilities. The Executive shall have the title and
perform the duties of Chief Operating Officer for the Company. The Executive
shall perform such duties consistent with his title and position, reporting
directly to Company's Executive Committee. During the Employment Term, Executive
shall devote his full time, skill, energy and attention to the business of the
Company and shall perform his duties in a diligent, trustworthy, loyal and
businesslike manner.

      3. Compensation. The Company shall pay to Executive a salary (the
"Salary") at the rate of $180,000 per year payable in such manner as it shall
determine, but in no event any less often than monthly. In addition the Company
shall pay to Executive an additional $2,750 per month (the "Additional
Compensation") to compensate Executive for use of a personal automobile for
Company related travel, for normal out-of-pocket expenses incurred both locally
and for out of town travel on behalf of Company, and for the premium expenses
for certain personal insurance, without requiring Executive to account to
Company for such expenses. Both Salary and Additional Compensation will be
treated as compensation income by Company and will be paid less the withholding
required by law.

      4. Incentive Stock Options. Executive shall participate in the Company's
Employee Stock Option Plan that is in effect as of the date of this Agreement,
pursuant to which the Company grants to Executive options to acquire 100,000
shares of common stock. One-third of these stock options shall vest and become
exercisable on each of January 22, 2002, January 22, 2003 and January 22, 2004.

      5. Expenses and Benefits.

            (a) The Company shall, consistent with its policy of reporting and
reimbursement of business expenses, reimburse Executive for such ordinary and
necessary business related expenses as shall be incurred by Executive in the
course of the performance of his duties under this Agreement, excluding any of
the expenses that are included in the Additional Amount as defined above.

            (b) Executive shall be eligible to participate to the extent that he
qualifies in all benefit plans, including without limitation, pension, term life
insurance, hospitalization, medical insurance and disability plans as are made
available from time-to time to executives of the Company.

            (c) Company shall reimburse Executive for the actual expenses
related to relocating his family from Plano, Texas to Los Angeles, CA., such
reimbursement by Company not to exceed $15,000.

            (d) Executive shall be entitled to three weeks of paid vacation
annually, which shall be taken in accordance with the procedures of the Company
in effect from time-to-time.

6. Termination.

            (a) The Company shall have the right to terminate the employment of
the Executive under this Agreement for disability in the event Executive suffers
an injury, illness or incapacity of such


character as to substantially disable him from performing his duties hereunder
for a period of more one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days upon the Company
giving at last thirty (30) days' written notice of termination.

            (b) This Agreement shall terminate upon the death of Executive.

            (c) The Company may terminate this Agreement at any time because of
(i) Executive's material breach of any term of this Agreement, (ii) Executive's
disloyalty or (iii) the willful engaging by the Executive in misconduct which is
materially injurious to the Company, monetarily or otherwise.

            (d) The Executive may terminate this agreement for good reason,
consisting of the material breach of this agreement by the Company including
effecting a material change in the Executive's title, reporting relationships or

            (e) In the event the Company terminates Executive's employment
without cause or the Executive terminates his employment with good reason
pursuant to Section 6(d) the Company shall pay the Executive for the balance of
what would have been the Employment Term but for its early termination as
described in this Section 6(e) one half of the monthly compensation payable to
him under Section 3 hereof or twelve full months of compensation under Section
3, whichever is higher, provided, however, that no payment shall be made
hereunder for any month in which the Company makes a payment to the Executive
pursuant to Section 8 hereof. If the amount payable under this section exceeds
two months compensation, the Company may at its option pay the Executive a lump
sum payment equal to two months compensation and the balance in 10 equal monthly
installments with interest thereon at the rate of 8% per annum.

      7. Revealing of Trade Secrets, etc. Executive acknowledges the interest of
the Company in maintaining the confidentiality of information related to its
business and shall not at any time during the Employment Term or thereafter,
directly or indirectly, reveal or cause to be revealed to any person or entity
the supplier lists, customer lists or other confidential business information of
the Company; provided, however, that the parties acknowledge that it is not the
intention of this paragraph to include within its subject matter (a) information
not proprietary to the Company, (b) information which is then in the public
domain, or (c) information required to be disclosed by law.

      8. Covenants Not to Compete. During the Employment Term and, subject to
the last sentence of this paragraph, for a period of one year thereafter, the
Executive shall not, directly or indirectly: (i) in any manner, engage in any
business which competes with any business conduced by the Company and will not
directly or indirectly own, manage, operate, join, control or participate in the
ownership, management, operation or control of, or be employed by or connected
in any manner with any corporation, firm or business that is so engaged,
(provided, however, that nothing herein shall prohibit the Executive from owning
not more than three (3%) percent of the outstanding stock of any publicly held
corporation), (ii) persuade or attempt to persuade any employee of the Company
to leave the employ of the Company or to become employed by any other entity or
(iii) persuade or attempt to persuade any current client or former client with,
or to reduce the amount of business it does or intends or anticipates doing with
the Company. If the Executive is terminated without cause or if he terminates
his employment with good reason prior to the end of the Employment Term, the
covenant not to compete shall terminate unless the Company agrees to continue to
pay Executive his compensation as set forth in Section 3 for one year subsequent
to termination in which event the Executive shall be bound by the
non-competition covenant for such one year period.

      9. Opportunities. During his employment with the Company, and for one year
thereafter, Executive shall not take any action which might divert from the
Company any opportunity learned about by him during his employment with the
Company (including without limitation during the Employment


Term) which would be within the scope of any of the businesses then engaged in
or planned to be engaged in by the Company.

      10. Survival. In the event that this Agreement shall be terminated, then
notwithstanding such termination, the obligations of Executive pursuant to
Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement shall survive such termination.

      11. Contents of Agreement, Parties in Interest, Assignment, etc. This
Agreement sets forth the entire understanding of the parties hereto with respect
to the subject matter hereof. All of the terms and provisions of this Agreement
shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the
respective heirs, representatives, successors and assigns of the parties hereto,
except that the duties and responsibilities of Executive hereunder which are of
a personal nature shall neither be assigned nor transferred in whole or in part
by Executive. This Agreement shall not be amended except by a written instrument
duly executed by the parties.

      12. Severability. If any term or provision of this Agreement shall be held
to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such term or provision shall be
ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability without
invalidating the remaining terms and provisions hereof, and this Agreement shall
be construed as if such invalid or unenforceable term or provision had not been
contained herein.

      13. Notices. Any notice, request, instruction or other document to be
given hereunder by any party to the other party shall be in writing and shall be
deemed to have been duly given when delivered personally or five (5) days after
dispatch by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt
requested, to the party to whom the same is so given or made:

         If to the Company
           addressed to:          , Inc.
                                            4553 Glencoe Avenue
                                            Marina del Rey, CA 90292

         with a copy to:                    Morse, Zelnick, Rose & Lander, LLP
                                            450 Park Avenue
                                            New York, New York 10022

         If to Executive
           addressed to:                    Jeffrey Baudo
                                            13229G Fiji Way
                                            Marina del Rey, CA 90292

or to such other address as the one party shall specify to the other party in

      14. Indemnification. The Company shall amend its Certificate of
Incorporation to provide its officers with the maximum indemnification permitted
under Delaware law.


      15. Counterparts and Headings. This Agreement may be executed in one or
more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument. All headings are inserted
for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the meaning or
interpretation of this Agreement.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be
duly executed and delivered as of the day and year first above written.

                                        ADSTAR.COM, INC.

                                        By: /s/ Eli Rousso

                                                   /s/ Jeffrey Baudo
                                                     JEFFREY BAUDO