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July 28, 1998

Kal Raman


We are delighted to extend you an offer to be VP of Information Technology and
Chief Information Officer. As you know, time is of the essence. The complete
dedication, devotion and energy that you have already exhibited will be crucial
to your success. You work with us will entail many duties including building the
business management and transaction systems to enable to become a
leader in the ecommerce arena. You will be a key part of the management team and
will report to the CEO.

We are offering you a monthly salary of $14,583 that is equivalent to $175,000
per year, along with the Company's standard employee benefits. Your salary will
be paid bimonthly in accordance with the Company's standard payroll policies.
You will be eligible for an annual performance bonus of 0-15% of your salary. In
addition, you will receive a lump sum signing bonus of $100,000, payable on or
about your first day of employment. If you choose to leave within
6 months of your employment, you must re-pay the signing bonus. Your
compensation package will be reviewed annually by the CEO.

You will be granted an option (the "Option") to purchase 150,000 shares of common stock ("Option Shares"). The exercise price will be equal
to $0.04 per share. The options will be subject to a vesting period over 4
years, 25% on the first anniversary and 12.5% at the end of each subsequent 6-
month period. No transfers allowed prior to vesting. No transfers permitted
during lockup period required by underwriters in connection with stock offerings
by the Company. Vesting will depend upon your continued employment with the
Company. The Option will be an incentive stock option to the extent permitted
under the Internal Revenue Code and will be subject to the terms of the
Company's 1998 Stock Option Plan and the related Stock Option Agreement between
you and

The company will agree to guarantee a loan from a bank in the amount of
$250,000, secured by your options. You are completely responsible
for re-paying the principal and interest of this loan. In addition, we agree to
reimburse you for the amount of the interest you re-pay on this loan, until such
time as the value of your vested stock options exceeds $250,000, at which time
you will become solely responsible for these interest payments. You agree and
recognize that you have to pay any income and withholding taxes on this

We will relocate you and your family to the Seattle area. We will pay all
reasonable relocation expenses, including travel costs (including a reasonable
number of house hunting trips), temporary living expenses, and reasonable moving
expenses. We will reimburse you for the $5000 earnest money you will lose on the
house in Florida.

Your start date will be no later than August 11, 1998. We ask that you complete
our standard form "Confidentiality and Inventions Agreement" prior to commencing
employment, a copy of which will be provided to you upon acceptance of this
letter. In part, the agreement requests that a departing employee refrain from
using or disclosing the Company's Confidential Information (as defined in the
agreement) or any confidential information received during your prior employment
in any manner which might be detrimental to or conflict with the business
interests of the Company or its employees. The agreement does not prevent a
former employee from using his or her general knowledge and experience -- no
matter when or how gained -- in any new field or position. If you have any
questions about the "Employee Confidential Information and Inventions
Agreement," please call us. In addition, employees have the right to terminate
their employment at any time with or without cause or notice, and the Company
reserves for itself the same right. Your employment at may be
terminated by you or at any time.

Kal, should you choose to come aboard, CONGRATULATIONS. I personally look
forward to working with you to build a great company. It's going to be an
exciting ride, and we believe you will make ecommerce history with this venture.
All of us are very excited that you're joining the team and look forward to a
beneficial and rewarding relationship.

You will be a major contributor to our success. We look forward to working with
you. Kindly indicate your consent to the terms in this offer letter by signing
and returning a copy to us by July 29, 1998.


/s/ Peter M. Neupert

Agreed and accepted: /s/Srinivarsan Kalyaraman

Start Date: 08/24/98