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                                WEFUSION.COM INC.

                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

         This Employment Agreement (this "Agreement") is made and entered into
as of November 30, 2000, by and between WEFUSION.COM INC., a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), and CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON ("Employee").


         "BOARD" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

         "COMPANY GROUP" shall mean the Company and each Person that the Company
directly or indirectly Controls or that Controls the Company.

         "CONTROL" shall mean, with respect to any Person, (i) the beneficial
ownership of more than 50% of the outstanding voting securities of such Person
or (ii) the power, directly or indirectly, by proxy, voting trust or otherwise,
to elect a majority of the outstanding directors, trustees or other managing
persons of such Person.

         "DATE OF TERMINATION" shall mean the effective date of the termination
of Employee's employment pursuant to Section 4 herein.

         "DISABILITY" with respect to Employee, shall mean that, for physical or
mental reasons, Employee is unable to perform the essential functions of
Employee's duties under this Agreement for 90 days during any six month period.
Employee agrees to submit to a reasonable number of examinations by a medical
doctor reasonably acceptable to Employee advising the Company as to whether
Employee shall have suffered a disability and be unable to return to work for 90
days. Employee hereby authorizes the disclosure and release to the Company and
its agents and representatives medical records relating to the issue of
Employee's Disability. If Employer is not legally competent, Employee's legal
guardian or duly authorized attorney-in-fact will act in Employee's stead for
the purposes of submitting Employee to the examinations, and providing the
authorization of disclosure of Employee's ability or inability to return to

         "EMPLOYMENT DATE" shall mean the date on which Employee commences
employment with the Company.

         "FOR CAUSE" shall mean, in the context of a basis for termination of
Employee's employment with the Company, that:

         (a)      Employee breaches any obligation, duty or agreement under this
Agreement, which breach is not cured or corrected within 20 days of written
notice thereof from the Company (except for breaches of Sections 2.3, 7 or 8 of
this Agreement, which cannot be cured and for which the Company need not give
any opportunity to cure); or
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         (b)      Employee commits any act of fraud, embezzlement, breach of
fiduciary duty or trust against any member of the Company Group; or

         (c)      Employee is indicted for, convicted of, or pleads guilty or
nolo contendre with respect to, theft, fraud, a crime involving moral turpitude,
or a felony under federal or state law; or

         (d)      Employee commits any act of personal conduct that, in the
reasonable opinion of the Board, gives rise to any member of the Company Group
of a material risk of liability under federal or state law for discrimination or
sexual or other forms of harassment or other similar liabilities to employees;

         (e)      Employee commits continued and repeated substantive violations
of specific written directions of the Board, the Company's Chief Executive
Officer or any other superior officer of Employee's, which directions are
consistent with this Agreement.

         "PARENT" shall mean Symposium Corporation, a Delaware corporation.

         "PERSON" shall mean an individual, partnership, corporation, trust,
estate, association, limited liability company, governmental authority or other

         "SEVERANCE PERIOD" shall mean the period during which Employee is
receiving severance compensation under Section 5 herein.


         2.1      Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this
Agreement, the Company hereby employs Employee as its Chief Technology Officer,
and Employee accepts such employment. Employee shall also serve from time to
time as an officer and employee of such subsidiaries or affiliates of the
Company as the Board, Chief Executive Officer or President of the Company may
from time to time request.

         2.2      Employee agrees to devote all of Employee's business time,
energy and efforts to the business of the Company and will use Employee's best
efforts and abilities faithfully and diligently to promote the Company's
business interests. Employee's duties and responsibilities shall be as set forth
on Exhibit A attached hereto. In addition, Employee's duties shall include those
duties and services for the Company and its affiliates as the Board or the
Company's Chief Executive Officer or President shall, in their sole and absolute
discretion, from time to time reasonably direct.

         2.3      After Company gives Employee notice of termination under
Section 4 herein and during any period Employee is receiving severance
compensation under Section 5 herein, Company may instruct Employee to stop
performing services hereunder or may require Employee to perform such
administrative, training or other functions as Company may reasonably regard as
necessary or appropriate to facilitate transition and minimize the adverse
impact to Company Group.

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         For so long as Employee shall be employed by the Company, Employee
shall receive the following compensation and benefits:

         3.1      SALARY. The Company shall pay Employee a salary at an annual
rate of $120,000. The Board may, but shall not be obligated to, adjust
Employee's salary from time to time. The salary shall be payable in installments
in the same manner and at the same times the Company pays salaries to other
executive officers of the Company, but in no event less frequently than equal
monthly installments. The salary shall be pro-rated for any year in which
Employee has been employed hereunder for fewer than twelve months.

         3.2      BONUS. For each calendar year commencing in 2001, Employee
shall be entitled to an annual bonus of up to 15% of the salary paid to Employee
in such calendar year (the "Bonus") based upon Employee's performance during
each year as measured by mutually established goals and criteria. The Company
shall pay to Employee any Bonus earned on or before January 31 following the end
of each year. The Bonus shall be prorated for any year in which Employee has
been employed hereunder for fewer than twelve months.

         3.3      EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT. Employee shall be entitled to
reimbursement from the Company for the reasonable out-of-pocket costs and
expenses which Employee incurs in connection with the performance of Employee's
duties and obligations under this Agreement in a manner consistent with the
Company's practices and policies therefor.

         3.4      EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN. Employee shall be entitled to
participate in any and all pension, profit-sharing savings, and group life,
disability, medical, dental, and other insurance and group benefit plans that
the Company makes available to its executive officers generally; Company shall
have no obligation to establish, make available or maintain any such plan.

         3.5      VACATION. Employee shall be entitled to paid vacation which
accrues at a rate of three weeks per calendar year. Vacation shall accrue in
accordance with the Company's standard vacation accrual policy.

         3.6      DISABILITY. In the event of any Disability, Employee's salary
and benefits shall continue until termination of his employment, provided that
if Employee shall receive payments as a result of such Disability under any
disability plan maintained by the Company or from any government agency, the
Company shall be entitled to deduct the amount of such payments received from
base salary paid or payable to Employee during the period of such Disability.

         3.7      WITHHOLDING. The Company may deduct from any compensation
payable to Employee (including payments made pursuant to Section 5 of this
Agreement in connection with or following termination of employment) amounts it
believes are required to be withheld under federal and state law, including
applicable federal, state and/or local income tax withholding, old-age and
survivors' and other social security payments, state disability and other
insurance premiums and payments.

         3.8      EMPLOYMENT BONUS. Within ten (10) days after the Employment
Date, Company will pay Employee a $6,000 starting bonus.

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         Employee's term of employment pursuant to this Agreement shall commence
as of the date hereof and shall terminate upon the earliest to occur of the
following (the "DATE OF TERMINATION"):

         4.1      the third anniversary of the Employment Date (the "ANNIVERSARY

         4.2      the death of Employee (effective on the date of death);

         4.3      Company's delivery to Employee of written notice of
termination by the Company if Employee shall suffer a Disability (effective on
the ninetieth (90th) day of Disability);

         4.4      Company's delivery to Employee of written notice of
termination by the Company For Cause (effective on delivery of such notice); or

         4.5      Company's delivery to Employee of at least thirty (30) days
prior written notice of termination by the Company not For Cause (effective on
the thirtieth (30th) day after such notice is given).


         5.1      If Employee's employment is terminated by the Company pursuant
to Section 4.5 prior to the Anniversary Date, the Company shall: (a) until the
earlier to occur of the Anniversary Date or two months from the Date of
Termination, continue to (i) pay to Employee salary at the rate in effect on the
Date of Termination; and (ii) pay for Employee's (and his immediate family's)
participation in all the Company's medical, life, dental, disability and similar
plans in which he was participating to the extent permitted by the plan; and (b)
pay to Employee a pro-rated share of any Bonus which would have been earned by
Employee pursuant to Section 3.2 of this Agreement had Employee been employed
the entire year in which the Date of Termination occurs. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, the Company may terminate any payments pursuant to this Section 5.1
upon any breach by Employee of any provision of Section 7 of this Agreement. The
calculation of the pro rata share of any Bonus shall be based upon the number of
days in such calendar year during which Employee shall have been employed

         5.2      If Employee's employment is terminated for any reason other
than by the Company not For Cause prior to the Anniversary Date, the Company
shall pay to Employee (or Employee's estate or beneficiary, as the case may be),
any unpaid salary through the Date of Termination and, if termination was
pursuant to Sections 4.2 or 4.3, the Company shall pay to Employee a pro-rated
share of any Bonus which would have been earned by Employee pursuant to Section
3.2 of this Agreement had Employee been employed the entire year in which the
Date of Termination occurs. Employee shall not be entitled to any Bonus (other
than as set forth in the preceding sentence) for the year in which the Date of
Termination occurs. All rights and benefits which Employee or his estate may
have under employee benefit plans in which Employee shall be participating at
the Date of Termination shall be determined in accordance with such plans.

         5.3      Employee acknowledges that the Company has the right to
terminate Employee's employment at any time and that such termination shall not
be a breach of this Agreement or any other express or implied agreement between
the Company and Employee. Accordingly, in the event of such termination,
Employee shall be entitled only to those benefits specifically provided in this

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Section 5, and shall not have any other rights to any compensation or damages
from the Company for breach of contract.

         5.4      Employee acknowledges that in the event of termination of
Employee's employment for any reason, Employee (nor Employee's estate, heirs,
beneficiaries or others claiming through Employee) shall not be entitled to any
severance or other compensation from the Company except as specifically provided
in this Section 5. Without limiting on the generality of the foregoing, this
Section supersedes any plan or policy of the Company which provides for
severance to its officers or employees, and Employee shall not be entitled to
any benefits under any such plan or policy.

6.       OPTIONS

         6.1      Employee will be granted options (the "Options") to purchase
50,000 shares of the Parent's Common Stock under the Parent's 1998 Stock Option
Plan (the "Plan"). The Options will vest quarterly over a three year period
(8.33% per quarter) beginning three months after the Employment Date and the
exercise price under the Options will be the closing price of the Parent's
Common Stock on the Employment Date.

         6.2      A Summary of the Plan is attached as Exhibit B hereto.


         7.1      CERTAIN DEFINITIONS. In addition to the other definitions set
forth in this Agreement, for purposes of this Section 7, the following terms
shall have the following meanings:

                  "COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY" means any activity which competes with
any substantial aspect or part of the business of any member of the Company
Group in the Restricted Area, whether as a proprietor, partner, shareholder,
owner, member, employer, employee, independent contractor, venturer or

                  "COMPETITOR" means any Person, other than a member of the
Company Group, which at any time during the Restriction Period engages in any
Competitive Activity.

                  "CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION" means all information of or
relating to the Company Group, its business or practice, which is not generally
known or available to the public (whether or not in written or tangible form)
including, without limitation, customer lists, supplier lists, processes,
know-how, trade secrets, pricing policies and other confidential business

                  "CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS" means any and all documents, records,
reports, lists, notes, plans, materials, programs, software, disks, diskettes,
recordings, manuals, correspondence, memoranda, magnetic media or any other
tangible media (including, without limitation, copies or reproductions of any of
the foregoing) in which any Confidential Information may be contained.

                  "EMPLOYER" means the Company and each other member of the
Company Group to which Employee provides services.

                  "PERSONNEL" means any and all employees, contractors, agents,
consultants or other Persons rendering services to a member of the Company
Group, for compensation in any form.

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                  "RESTRICTED AREA" means the United States, Canada, and their
respective territories and possessions, except that the Restricted Area shall be
worldwide with respect to any Competitive Activity involving the Internet, the
World Wide Web, telemarketing, telephony or other electronic or similar media.

                  "RESTRICTION PERIOD" means the period of time (subject to
extension pursuant to Section 7.6 below), commencing on the date hereof and
expiring at the end of the Severance Period, except that if Employee's
employment is terminated For Cause or voluntarily by Employee, the period of
time (subject to extension pursuant to Section 7.6 below) shall expire two (2)
years after such termination.

         7.2      CONFIDENTIALITY.

         (a)      Confidential Information. Subject to Section 7.2(c):

                  (1)      Duty to Maintain Confidentiality. Employee shall
                           maintain in strict confidence and duly safeguard to
                           the best of his ability any and all Confidential

                  (2)      Covenant Not to Disclose, Use or Exploit. Employee
                           shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose, divulge
                           or otherwise communicate to anyone or use or
                           otherwise exploit for the benefit of anyone, other
                           than Employer, any Confidential Information.

                  (3)      Confidential Materials. All Confidential Information
                           and Confidential Materials are and shall remain the
                           exclusive property of the Company Group and no
                           Confidential Materials may be copied or otherwise
                           reproduced, removed from the premises of Employer or
                           entrusted to any Person (other than Employer or the
                           Personnel entitled to such materials) without prior
                           written permission from Employer.

         (b)      Survival of Covenants. Notwithstanding anything herein to the
contrary, the covenants set forth in this Section 7.2 shall survive the
termination of this Agreement and any other agreement among any or all of the
parties hereto (regardless of the reason for such termination), unless
terminated by a written instrument that expressly terminates by specific
reference the covenants set forth in this Section 7.2.

         (c)      Permitted Activities. If Employee receives a request or demand
for Confidential Information (whether pursuant to a discovery request, subpoena
or otherwise), Employee shall immediately give Employer written notice thereof
and shall exert his best efforts to resist disclosure, including, without
limitation, by fully cooperating and assisting Employer in whatever efforts it
may make to resist or limit disclosure or to obtain a protective order or other
appropriate remedy to limit or prohibit further disclosure or use of such
Confidential Information. If Employee complies with the preceding sentence but
nonetheless becomes legally compelled to disclose Confidential Information,
Employee shall disclose only that portion of the Confidential Information that
he is legally compelled to disclose.

         7.3      COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE. During the Restriction Period,
Employee shall not, directly or indirectly, whether as a sole practitioner,
owner, partner, shareholder, investor, employee, employer, venturer, independent
contractor, consultant or other participant, (i) own, manage, invest in or
acquire any economic stake or interest in any Person involved in a Competitive
Activity, (ii) derive economic benefit from or with respect to any Competitive
Activity or (iii) otherwise engage or

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participate in any manner whatsoever in any Competitive Activity (other than
participation in e-mail marketing or similar activities involving the Internet
or the World Wide Web which does not compete with any substantial aspect or part
of the business of any member of the Company Group); provided, however, this
Section 7.3 shall not restrict Employee from owning less than 2% of the publicly
traded debt or equity securities issued by a corporation or other entity or from
having any other passive investment that creates no conflict of loyalty or
interest with any duty owed to Employer. Employee shall be deemed to have
derived economic benefit in violation of this Section 7.3 if, among other
things, any of his compensation or income is in any way related to any
Competitive Activity conducted by any Person. Further, during the Restriction
Period Employee shall not directly or indirectly advance, cooperate in or help
or aid any Competitor in the conduct of any Competitive Activity.

         7.4      COVENANT NOT TO INTERFERE. During the Restriction Period,
Employee shall not, directly or indirectly, recruit, solicit or otherwise induce
or influence any Personnel of Employer to discontinue, reduce the extent of,
discourage the development of or otherwise harm such Personnel's relationship or
commitment to Employer. Conduct prohibited under this Section 7.4 shall include,
without limitation, employing, seeking to employ or causing, aiding, inducing or
influencing a Competitor to employ or seek to employ any Personnel of Employer.

         7.5      EQUITABLE RELIEF. Each of the parties acknowledges that the
provisions and restrictions of this Section 7 are reasonable and necessary for
the protection of the legitimate interests of the Company Group. Each of the
parties further acknowledges that the provisions and restrictions of this
Section 7 are unique and that any breach or threatened breach of any of such
provisions or restrictions will provide the Company Group with no adequate
remedy at law, and the result will be irreparable harm to the Company Group.
Therefore, the parties hereto agree that upon a breach or threatened breach of
the provisions or restrictions of this Section 7, the Company Group shall be
entitled, in addition to any other rights and remedies which may be available to
it, to institute and maintain proceedings at law or in equity, to recover
damages, to obtain an equitable accounting of all earnings, profits or other
benefits resulting from such breach or threatened breach and to obtain specific
performance or a temporary and permanent injunction.

         7.6      FULL RESTRICTION PERIOD. If Employee violates any restrictive
covenant contained herein and a member of the Company Group institutes action
for equitable relief, such member, as a result of the time involved in obtaining
such relief, shall not be deprived of the benefit of the full Restriction
Period. Accordingly, the Restriction Period shall be deemed to have the duration
specified in Section 7.1, computed from and commencing on the date on which
relief is granted by a final order from which there is no appeal, but reduced,
if applicable, by the length of time between the date the Restriction Period
commenced and the date of the first violation of any restrictive covenant by

         7.7      EQUITABLE ACCOUNTING. Each member of the Company Group shall
have the right to demand and receive equitable accounting with respect to any
consideration received by Employee in connection with activities in breach of
the restrictive covenants herein, and shall be entitled to payment from Employee
of such consideration on demand.

         7.8      PRIOR BREACHES. Neither the expiration of the Restriction
Period nor the termination of the status of any Customer or Personnel as such
(whether or not due to a breach hereof by Employee) shall preclude, limit or
otherwise affect the rights and remedies of a member of the

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Company Group against Employee based upon any breach hereof during the
Restriction Period or before such status of Customer or Personnel terminated.

         7.9      NONCIRCUMVENTION OF COVENANTS. Employee acknowledges and
agrees that, for purposes of this Agreement, an action shall be considered to
have been taken by Employee "indirectly" if taken by or through (a) any member
of his family (whether a close or distant relation by blood, marriage or
adoption), (b) any Person owned or controlled, solely or with others, directly
or "indirectly" by Employee or a member of his family, (c) any Person of which
he is an owner, partner, employer, employee, trustee, independent contractor or
agent, (d) any employees, partners, owners or independent contractors of any
such Person or (e) any other one or more representatives or intermediaries, it
being the intention of the parties that Employee shall not directly or
indirectly circumvent any restrictive covenant contained herein or the intent

         7.10     NOTICE OF RESTRICTIONS. During the Restriction Period,
Employee shall notify each prospective employer, partner or co-venturer of the
restrictions contained in this Agreement. Employer is hereby authorized to
contact any of such Persons for the purpose of providing notice of such

provisions hereof including, without limitation, the periods of time, geographic
areas and types and scopes of duties of, and restrictions on the activities of,
the parties hereto specified herein are and are intended to be divisible, and if
any portion thereof (including any sentence, clause or word) shall be held
contrary to law or invalid or unenforceable in any respect in any jurisdiction,
or as to one or more periods of time, areas or business activities or any part
thereof, the remaining provisions shall not be affected but shall remain in full
force and effect, and any such invalid or unenforceable provision shall be
deemed, without further action on the part of any party hereto or other Person,
modified and amended to the minimum extent necessary to render the same valid
and enforceable in such jurisdiction.

         7.12     FAIRNESS OF RESTRICTIONS. Employee acknowledges and agrees
that (a) compliance with the restrictive covenants set forth herein would not
prevent him from earning a living that involves his training and skills without
relocating, but only from engaging in unfair competition with, misappropriating
a corporate opportunity of, or otherwise unfairly harming the Company Group and
(b) the restrictive covenants set forth herein are intended to provide a minimum
level of protection necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the Company
Group. In addition, the parties acknowledge that nothing herein is intended to
or shall, limit, replace or otherwise affect any other rights or remedies at law
or in equity for protection against unfair competition with, misappropriation of
corporate opportunities of, disclosure of confidential and proprietary
information of, or defamation of the Company Group, or for protection of any
other rights or interest of the Company Group.

         7.13     SURRENDER OF RECORDS AND PROPERTY. Upon termination of his
employment with Company, Executive shall promptly deliver to Company all
records, manuals, books, blank forms, documents, letters, memoranda, notes,
notebooks, reports, data, tables, calculations and copies thereof, which are the
property of Company or which relate in any way to the business, products,
practices or techniques of Company, and all other property, trade secrets and
confidential information of Company, including, without limitation, all
documents which in whole or in part contain any trade secrets or confidential
information of Company, which in any of these cases are in his possession or
under his control.

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8.       ASSIGNMENT.

         Except as expressly provided below, this Agreement shall not be
assignable, in whole or in part, by either party without the prior written
consent of the other party. Company may, without the prior written consent of
Employee, assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement to (i) any
member of the Company Group or (ii) any other Person with or into which Company
may merge or consolidate, or to which Company may sell or transfer all or
substantially all of its assets, provided, however, that such assignment may be
made without Employee's prior written consent only if (a) such assignment has a
valid business purpose and is not for the purpose of avoiding Company's
obligations hereunder or Employee's realization of the benefits of this
Agreement and (b) the assignee expressly assumes in writing all obligations and
liabilities hereunder. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the
benefit of Company and its respective successors and permitted assigns. This
Agreement and all rights of Employee hereunder shall inure to the benefit of and
be enforceable by his heirs, personal or legal representatives and


         If Employee's employment continues following the Anniversary Date: (a)
such employment shall be "at will," and may be terminated either by the Employee
upon 30 days written notice to the Company or by the Company at any time; and
(b) except as otherwise provided in writing, all of the provisions of this
Agreement shall be applicable to such continued employment, except (i)
Employee's compensation shall consist only of salary at the rate in effect at
the Anniversary Date, (ii) Employee shall not be entitled to any bonus
compensation except for the Bonus; and (ii) the provisions of Section 4 shall be
superseded to the extent discussed in this Section 9.


10.1 NOTICES. All notices, requests, demands and other communications
(collectively, "NOTICES") given pursuant to this Agreement shall be in writing,
and shall be delivered by personal service, courier, facsimile transmission or
by United State first class, registered or certified mail, addressed to the
following addresses:

                  If to the Company, to:

                  c/o Symposium Corporation
                  410 Park Avenue
                  Suite 830
                  New York, New York 10022
                  Attn: President

                  If to Employee, to:

                  Employee's address as set forth
                  on the books and records of the Company

 Any Notice, other than a Notice sent by registered or certified mail, shall be
effective when received; a Notice sent by registered or certified mail, postage
prepaid return receipt requested, shall be

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effective on the earlier of when received or the third day following receipt
requested, shall be effective on the earlier of when received or the third day
following deposit in the United States mails. Any party may from time to time
change its address for further Notices hereunder by giving notice to the other
party in the manner prescribed in this Section.

         10.2     ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement contains the sole and entire
agreement and understanding of the parties with respect to the entire subject
matter of this Agreement, and any and all prior discussions, negotiations,
commitments and understandings, whether oral or otherwise, related to the
subject matter of this Agreement are hereby merged herein. The express terms
hereof shall control and supersede any course of conduct and/or custom or usage
of the profession inconsistent with any of the terms hereof. Neither this
Agreement nor any provision herein may be, amended, waived or modified orally,
but only by an agreement in writing signed by the party against whom enforcement
of any amendment, waiver or modification is sought. Neither a beneficiary nor
potential beneficiary of Employee nor any other person or entity with an
expectation of value hereunder shall have any rights under this Agreement, and
this Agreement or any provision herein may be waived, modified, amended,
extended or discharged without the knowledge or consent of any other person or
entity. No representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, other than
those contained in this Agreement have been relied upon by any party to this

         10.3     SEVERABILITY. In the event that any provision or portion of
this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid or unenforceable for any
reason, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be
unaffected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest
extent permitted by law.

         10.4     GOVERNING LAW; VENUE. This Agreement has been made and entered
into in the State of Delaware and shall be considered in accordance with the
laws of the State of Delaware without regard to principles of conflict of laws.
The parties irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of the Delaware courts
located in Wilmington, Delaware and/or the U.S. District Court located in
Wilmington, Delaware in any action or proceeding pursuant hereto and agree to
service of process in accordance with Section 10.1 herein.

         10.5     CAPTIONS. The various captions of this Agreement are for
reference only and shall not be considered or referred to in resolving questions
of interpretation of this Agreement.

         10.6     COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in any number of
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

         10.7     ATTORNEYS' FEES. If any action or proceeding is brought to
enforce or interpret any provision of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall
be entitled to recover as an element of its costs, and not its damages, its
reasonable attorneys' fees, costs and expenses. The prevailing party is the
party who is entitled to recover its costs in the action or proceeding. A party
not entitle to recover its costs may not recover attorneys' fees. No sum for
attorneys' fees shall be counted in calculating the amount of a judgment for
purposes of determining whether a party is entitled to recover its costs or
attorneys' fees.

represents and warrants to Company that, as of the date hereof and throughout
the term of this Agreement Employee is not and will not in any way whatsoever be
contractually restricted or prohibited from entering into this

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Agreement and performing the services and obligations required herein and
Employee's execution of this Agreement and his performance of the services and
obligations required herein do not and will not constitute a default or an event
that, with or without notice or lapse of time or both, would be a default,
breach or violation of any agreement, contract, instrument or arrangement to
which he is a party or by which he is bound.

         10.9     NO WAIVER. No term or condition of this Agreement shall be
deemed to have been waived, nor shall there be any estoppel to enforce any
provisions of this Agreement, except by a statement in writing signed by the
party against whom enforcement of the waiver or estoppel is sought. Any written
waiver shall not be deemed a continuing waiver unless specifically stated, shall
operate only as to the specific term or condition waived and shall not
constitute a waiver of such term or condition for the future or as to any act
other than that specifically waived.

         10.10    NUMBER OF DAYS. In computing the number of days for purposes
hereof, all days shall be counted, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
(unless only business days are specified); provided, however, that if the final
day of any time period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, then the final
day shall be deemed to be the following day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or

         10.11    BINDING EFFECT. This Agreement and all terms hereof shall be
binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective
heirs, successors, personal and estate representatives, administrators and, to
the extent permitted hereby, assigns. The parties recognize that this Agreement
is a personal service contract, and, therefore, Employee may not assign any of
her rights or obligations hereunder.

         10.12    CUMULATIVE RIGHTS AND REMEDIES. All of the rights and remedies
of Company are separate and cumulative and in addition to, not exclusive or in
lieu of, any other rights and remedies available at law, in equity, under any
other agreement between or among any or all of the parties hereto or otherwise
(including, without limitation, corporate opportunities doctrine and other laws
and principles for protection against defamation, unfair competition,
interference with contractual or business relationships and for protection of
confidential and proprietary information). Any and all rights and remedies of
Company may be exercised one or more times, and no such exercise shall be deemed
to be a waiver, exhaustion or relinquishment of the same or any other rights or

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         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the
date first above written.

                                            WEFUSION.COM INC.

                                            By: /s/ Richard Kaufman
                                              Name: Richard Kaufman
                                              Title: Vice President


                                            /s/ Christopher Thompson
---------------------------------           -----------------------------------
                                            CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON

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                                    EXHIBIT A

(1)      Work with mgmt. to devise online strategies and approaches that are
         consistent with overall corporate objectives

(2)      Oversee all aspects of systems development, including modeling,
         prototyping and design

(3)      Oversee developers, DBAs and interface designers to implement database
         architecture and application designs that support corporate mission

(4)      Coordinate with external/internal service providers

(5)      Work with mgmt. to make hiring decisions in IT area

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                                    EXHIBIT B



         Any person who is a director, officer, employee or consultant of the
Company, or any of its subsidiaries (a "Participant"), is eligible to be
considered for the grant of awards under the Option Plan.


         The Common Stock underlying an award may be issued for any lawful
consideration as determined by the Administrator, including, without limitation,
a cash payment, services rendered, or the cancellation of indebtedness. An award
may provide for a purchase price of the Common Stock at a value less than the
fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant. In addition, an
award may permit the recipient to pay the purchase price of the Common Stock or
to pay such recipient's tax withholding obligation with respect to such
issuance, in whole or in part, by delivering previously owned shares of capital
stock of the Company or other property, or by reducing the number of shares of
Common Stock otherwise issuable pursuant to such award.


         All options granted under the Option Plan expire ten years from the
date of grant, or such shorter period as is determined by the Administrator. No
option is exercisable by any person after such expiration. If an option expires,
terminates or is canceled, the shares of Common Stock not purchased thereunder
shall again be available for issuance under the Option Plan.


         The Administrator may amend the Option Plan at any time, may suspend it
from time to time or may terminate it without approval of the shareholders;
provided, however, that shareholder approval is required for any amendment which
materially increases the number of shares for which awards may be granted,
materially modifies the requirements of eligibility, or materially increases the
benefits which may accrue to recipients of awards under the Option Plan.
However, no such action by the Board of Directors or shareholders may
unilaterally alter or impair any award previously granted under the Option Plan
without the consent of the recipient of the award. In any event, the Option Plan
shall terminate on December 31, 2007 unless sooner terminated by action of the
Board of Directors.


         The following is a general discussion of the principal tax
considerations for both "incentive stock options" within the meaning of Section
422 of the Code ("Incentive Stock Options") and non-statutory stock options
("Non-statutory Stock Options"), and is based upon

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the tax laws and regulations of the United States existing as of the date
hereof, all of which are subject to modification at any time. The Option Plan
does not constitute a qualified retirement plan under Section 401(a) of the Code
(which generally covers trusts forming part of a stock bonus, pension or
profit-sharing plan funded by the employer and/or employee contributions which
are designed to provide retirement benefits to participants under certain
circumstances) and is not subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act
of 1974 (the pension reform law which regulates most types of privately funded
pension, profit sharing and other employee benefit plans).


         No income is recognized for federal income tax purposes by an optionee
at the time an Incentive Stock Option is granted, and, except as discussed
below, no income is recognized by an optionee upon his or her exercise of an
Incentive Stock Option.

         If the optionee makes no disposition of the Common Stock received upon
exercise within two years from the date such option was granted or one year from
the date such option is exercised, the optionee will recognize mid-term or
long-term capital gain or loss when he or she disposes of his or her Common
Stock depending on the length of the holding period. Such gain or loss generally
will be measured by the difference between the exercise price of the option and
the amount received for the Common Stock at the time of disposition.

         If the optionee disposes of the Common Stock acquired upon exercise of
an Incentive Stock Option within two years after being granted the option or
within one year after acquiring the Common Stock, any amount realized from such
disqualifying disposition will be taxable as ordinary income in the year of
disposition to the extent that (i) the lesser of (a) the fair market value of
the shares on the date the Incentive Stock Option was exercised or (b) the fair
market value at the time of such disposition exceeds (ii) the Incentive Stock
Option exercise price. Any amount realized upon disposition in excess of the
fair market value of the shares on the date of exercise will be treated as
long-term, mid-term or short-term capital gain, depending upon the length of
time the shares have been held.

         The use of stock acquired through exercise of an Incentive Stock Option
to exercise an Incentive Stock Option will constitute a disqualifying
disposition if the applicable holding period requirement has not been satisfied.

         For alternative minimum tax purposes, the excess of the fair market
value of the stock as of the date of exercise over the exercise price of the
Incentive Stock Option is included in computing that year's alternative minimum
taxable income. However, if the shares are disposed of in the same year, the
maximum alternative minimum taxable income with respect to those shares is the
gain on disposition. There is no alternative minimum taxable income from a
disqualifying disposition in subsequent years.


         No income is recognized by a holder of Non-statutory Stock Options at
the time Non-statutory Stock Options are granted under the Option Plan. In
general, at the time shares of Common Stock are issued to a holder pursuant to
exercise of Non-statutory Stock Options, the

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holder will recognize ordinary income equal to the excess of the fair market
value of the shares on the date of exercise over the exercise price.

         A holder will recognize gain or loss on the subsequent sale of Common
Stock acquired upon exercise of Non-statutory Stock Options in an amount equal
to the difference between the selling price and the tax basis of the Common
Stock, which will include the price paid plus the amount included in the
holder's income by reason of the exercise of the Non-statutory Stock Options.
Provided the shares of Common Stock are held as a capital asset, any gain or
loss resulting from a subsequent sale will be short-term, mid-term or long-term
capital gain or loss depending upon the length of time the shares have been


         The Company will not be allowed a deduction for federal income tax
purposes at the time of the grant or exercise of an Incentive Stock Option.
There are also no federal income tax consequences to the Company as a result of
the disposition of Common Stock acquired upon exercise of an Incentive Stock
Option if the disposition is not a disqualifying disposition. At the time of a
disqualifying disposition by an optionee, the Company will be entitled to a
deduction for the amount received by the optionee to the extent that such amount
is taxable to the optionee as ordinary income.


         Generally, the Company will be entitled to a deduction for federal
income tax purposes in the year and in the same amount as the optionee is
considered to have realized ordinary income in connection with the exercise of
Non-statutory Stock Options.