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1998 Stock Option Plan for Senior Executives - Netgateway Inc.

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                                NETGATEWAY, INC.


1. Purpose; Type of Awards; Construction.

      The purpose of the 1998 Stock Option Plan for Senior Executives (the
"Plan") of NetGateway, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the "Company"), is to attract
and retain senior executives (including officers) of the Company, or any
Subsidiary or Affiliate which now exists or hereafter is organized or acquired,
and to furnish additional incentives to such persons by encouraging them to
acquire a proprietary interest in the Company. Pursuant to Section 6 of the
Plan, there may be granted Options, including "incentive stock options" and
"nonqualified stock options". The Plan is intended to satisfy the requirements
of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under Section 16 of the Exchange Act and shall be
interpreted in a manner consistent with the requirements thereof.

2. Definitions.

      For purposes of the Plan, the following terms shall be defined as set
forth below:

            (a) "Administrator" means the Board or, if and so long as a
Committee has been established and is in existence, the Committee.

            (b) "Affiliate" means any entity if, at the time of granting of an
Option, (i) the Company, directly, owns at least 20% of the combined voting
power of all classes of stock of such entity or at least 20% of the ownership
interests in such entity or (ii) such entity, directly or indirectly, owns at
least 20% of the combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company.

            (c) "Beneficiary" means the person, persons, trust or trusts which
have been designated by an Optionee in his or her most recent written
beneficiary designation filed with the Company to receive the benefits specified
under the Plan upon his or her death, or, if there is no designated Beneficiary
or surviving designated Beneficiary, then the person, persons, trust or trusts
entitled by will or the applicable laws of descent and distribution to receive
such benefits.

            (d) "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company.

            (e) "Change in Control" means a change in control of the Company
which will be deemed to have occurred if:

                  (i) any "person," as such term is used in Section 13(d) and
            14(d) of the Exchange Act (other than an Exempt Person), is or
            becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the
            Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company
            representing 50% or more of the combined voting power of the
            Company's then outstanding voting securities;


                  (ii) during any period of two consecutive years, individuals
            who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any
            new director (other than a director designated by a person who has
            entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction
            described in clause (i), (iii), or (iv) of this Section 2(e)) whose
            election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company"
            stockholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the
            directors then still in office who either were directors at the
            beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election
            was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute at
            least a majority thereof;

                  (iii) the stockholders of the Company approve a merger or
            consolidation of the Company with any other corporation, other than
            (A) a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting
            securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto
            continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being
            converted into voting securities of the surviving or parent entity)
            50% or more of the combined voting power of the voting securities of
            the Company or such surviving or parent entity outstanding
            immediately after such merger or consolidation or (B) a merger or
            consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of the
            Company (or similar transaction) in which no "person" (as
            hereinbefore defined), other than an Exempt Person, acquired 50% or
            more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding
            securities, or

                  (iv) the stockholders of the Company approve of a plan of
            complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement for the sale or
            disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the
            Company's assets (or any transaction having a similar effect).

            (f) "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from
time to time.

            (g) "Committee" means the committee, consisting exclusively of two
or more Non-Employee Directors (as defined in Rule 16b-3), if and as the same
may be established by the Board to administer the Plan; provided, however, that
to the extent required for the Plan to comply with the applicable provisions of
Section 162(m) of the Code, "Committee" means either such committee or a
subcommittee of that committee, as the case may be, which shall be constituted
to comply with the applicable requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code and the
regulations promulgated thereunder.

            (h) "Company" means NetGateway, Inc., a corporation organized under
the laws of the State of Nevada, or any successor corporation.

            (i) "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended from time to time, and as now or hereafter construed, interpreted and
applied by regulations, rulings and cases.

            (j) "Exempt Person" means (1) the Company, (2) any trustee or other
fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company, (3)
any corporation


owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders of the Company in
substantially the same proportions as their ownership of Stock, or (4) any
person or group of persons who, immediately prior to the adoption of this Plan,
owned more than 50% of the combined voting power of the Company's then
outstanding voting securities.

            (k) "Fair Market Value" means, with respect to Stock or other
property, the fair market value of such Stock or other property determined by
such methods or procedures as shall be established from time to time by the
administrator. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the per share Fair Market Value of
Stock as of a particular date shall mean (I) if the shares of Stock are then
listed on a national securities exchange, the closing sales price per share of
Stock on the national securities exchange on which the Stock is principally
traded, for the last preceding date on which there was a sale of such Stock on
such exchange, or (ii) if the shares of Stock are then traded on the National
Market System of the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated
Quotation System ("NASDAQ"), the reported per share closing price of the Stock
on the day prior to such date or, if there was no such price reported for such
date, on the next preceding date for which such a price was reported, or (iii)
if the shares of Stock are then traded in an over-the-counter market other than
on the NASDAQ National Market System, the average of the closing bid and asked
prices for the shares of Stock in such over-the-counter market for the last
preceding date on which there was a sale of such Stock in such market, or (iv)
if the shares of Stock are not then listed on a national securities exchange or
traded in an over-the-counter market, such value as the Administrator, in its
sole discretion, shall determine in good faith.

            (l) "ISO" means any Option intended to be and designated as an
incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code.

            (m) "NQSO" means any Option not designated as an ISO.

            (n) "Option" means a right, granted to an Optionee under Section
6(b) of the Plan, to purchase shares of Stock. An Option may be either an ISO or
an NQSO.

            (o) "Optionee" means a person who, as a senior executive of the
Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate, has been granted an Option.

            (p) "Plan" means this NetGateway, Inc. 1999 Stock Option Plan for
Senior Executives as amended from time to time.

            (q) "Rule 16b-3" means Rule 16b-3, as from time to time in effect,
promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 16 of the
Exchange Act, including any successor to such Rule.

            (r) "Stock" means the common stock, par value $.001 per share, of
the Company.

            (s) "Stock Option Agreement" means any written agreement, contract,
or other instrument or document evidencing an Option.

            (t) "Subsidiary" means any corporation in which the Company,
directly or indirectly, owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined
voting power of


all classes of stock of such corporation.

3. Administration

      The Plan shall be administered by the Administrator. The Administrator
shall have the authority in its discretion, subject to and not inconsistent with
the express provisions of the Plan, to administer the Plan and to exercise all
the powers and authorities either specifically granted to it under the Plan or
necessary or advisable in the administration of the Plan, including, without
limitation, the authority to grant Options; to determine the persons to whom and
the time or times at which Options shall be granted; to determine the type and
number of Options to be granted, the number of shares of Stock to which Options
may relate and the terms, conditions, restrictions and performance criteria
relating to any Options; to determine whether, to what extent, and under what
circumstances Options may be settled, canceled, forfeited, exchanged, or
surrendered; to make adjustments in the terms and conditions of, and the
criteria and performance objectives included in, Options in recognition of
unusual or non-recurring events affecting the Company or any Subsidiary or
Affiliate or the financial statements of the company or any Subsidiary or
Affiliate, or in response to changes in applicable laws, regulations, or
accounting principles; to designate Affiliates; to construe and interpret the
Plan and any Options; to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations
relating to the Plan; to determine the terms and provisions of the Stock Option
Agreements (which need not be identical for each Optionee); and to make all
other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the

      The Administrator may appoint a chairperson and a secretary and may make
such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as it shall deem
advisable, and shall keep minutes of its meetings. All determinations of the
Administrator shall be made by a majority of its members either present in
person or participating by conference telephone at a meeting or by written
consent. The Administrator may delegate to one or more of its members or to one
or more agents such administrative duties as it may deem advisable, and the
Administrator or any person to whom it has delegated duties as aforesaid may
employ one or more persons to render advice with respect to any responsibility
the Administrator or such person may have under the Plan. All decisions,
determinations and interpretations of the Administrator shall be final and
binding on all persons, including the Company, and any Subsidiary, Affiliate or
Optionee (or any person claiming any rights under the Plan from or through any
Optionee) and any stockholder.

      No member of the Board or Committee shall be liable for any action taken
or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Option
granted hereunder.

4. Eligibility.

      Options may be granted to senior executives of the Company and its present
or future Subsidiaries and Affiliates, in the discretion of the Administrator.
In determining the person to whom Options shall be granted and the type of
Options granted (including the number of shares to be covered by such Options),
the Administrator shall take into account such factors as the Administrator
shall deem relevant in connection with accomplishing the purposes of the Plan.

5. Stock Subject to the Plan.


      The maximum number of shares of Stock reserved for the grant of Options
under the Plan shall be 5,000,000 shares of Stock, subject to adjustment as
provided herein. Such shares may, in whole or in part, be authorized but
unissued shares or shares that shall have been or may be reacquired by the
Company in the open market, in private transactions or otherwise. The number of
shares of Stock available for issuance under the Plan shall be reduced by the
number of shares of Stock subject to outstanding Options. If any shares subject
to an Option are forfeited, canceled, exchanged or surrendered or if an Option
otherwise terminates or expires without a distribution of shares to the
Optionee, the shares of Stock with respect to such Option shall, to the extent
of any such forfeiture, cancellation, exchange, surrender, termination or
expiration, again be available for Options under the Plan. In no event shall any
Optionee acquire, pursuant to any awards of Options under this Plan, more than
40% of the aggregate number of shares of Stock reserved for awards under the

      In the event that the Administrator shall determine that any dividend or
other distribution (whether in the form of cash, Stock, or other property),
recapitalization, stock split, reverse split, reorganization, merger,
consolidation, spin-off, combination, repurchase, or share exchange, or other
similar corporate transaction or event, affects the Stock such that an
adjustment is appropriate in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the
rights of an Optionee under the Plan, then the Administrator shall make such
equitable changes or adjustments as it deems necessary or appropriate to any or
all of (I) the number and kind of shares of Stock which may thereafter be issued
in connection with Options, (ii) the number and kind of shares of Stock issued
or issuable in respect of outstanding Options, and (iii) the exercise price,
grant price, or purchase price relating to any Option; provided that, with
respect to ISOs, such adjustment shall be made in accordance with Section 424(h)
of the Code.

6. Specific Terms of Options.

      (a) General. The term of each Option shall be for such period as may be
determined by the Administrator. The Administrator may make rules relating to
Options, and may impose on any Option or the exercise thereof, at the date of
grant or thereafter, such additional terms and conditions, not inconsistent with
the provisions of the Plan, as the Administrator shall determine.

      (b) Options. The Administrator is authorized to grant Options to Optionees
on the following terms and conditions:

            (i) Type of Option. The Stock Option Agreement evidencing the grant
      of an Option under the Plan shall designate the Option as an ISO (in the
      event its terms, and the individual to whom it is granted, satisfy the
      requirements for ISOs under the Code), or an NQSO.

            (ii) Exercise Price. The exercise price per share of Stock
      purchasable under an Option shall be determined by the Administrator;
      provided that in the case of an ISO, such exercise price shall be not less
      than the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock on the date of grant of
      such Option and, in the case of an ISO granted to the holder of more than
      10% of the Stock outstanding at the date of grant of such Option, such
      exercise price shall be not less than 110% of the Fair Market Value on
      such date of grant. In no event shall the exercise price for the purchase
      of shares of Stock be less than par value. The


      exercise price for Stock subject to an Option may be paid in cash or by an
      exchange of Stock previously owned by the Optionee, or a combination of
      both, in an amount having a combined value equal to such exercise price.
      Any shares of Stock exchanged upon the exercise of any Option shall be
      valued at the Fair Market Value on the date on which such shares are
      exchanged. An Optionee also may elect to pay all or a portion of the
      aggregate exercise price by having shares of Stock with a Fair Market
      Value on the date of exercise equal to the aggregate exercise price
      withheld by the Company or sold by a broker-dealer in accordance with
      applicable law.

            (iii) Term and Exercisability of Options. The date on which the
      Administrator adopts a resolution expressly granting an Option shall be
      considered the day on which such Option is granted. Options shall be
      exercisable over the exercise period (which shall not exceed ten years
      from the date of grant or five years from the date of grant in the case of
      an ISO granted to a holder of more than 10% of Stock outstanding as of
      such date), at such times and upon such conditions as the Administrator
      may determine, as reflected in the Stock Option Agreement. An Option may
      be exercised to the extent of any or all full shares of Stock as to which
      the Option has become exercisable, by giving written notice of such
      exercise to the Company's Secretary and paying the exercise price as
      described in Section 6(b)(ii).

            (iv) Termination of Employment, etc. An Option may not be exercised
      unless the Optionee is then in the employ of the Company or any Subsidiary
      or Affiliate (or a company or a parent or subsidiary company of such
      company issuing or assuming the Option in a transaction to which Section
      424(a) of the Code applies), and unless the Optionee has continuously
      maintained any of such relationships, since the date of grant of the
      Option; provided that, the Stock Option Agreement may contain provisions
      extending the exercisability of Options, in the event of specified
      terminations, to a date not later than the expiration date of such Option.
      The Administrator may establish a period during which the Beneficiaries of
      an Optionee who died while an employee, director or independent contractor
      of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate or during any extended
      period referred to in the immediately preceding proviso may exercise those
      Options which were exercisable on the date of the Optionee's death;
      provided that, no Option shall be exercisable after its expiration date.

            (v) Nontransferability. Options shall not be transferable by an
      Optionee except by will or the laws of descent and distribution and shall
      be exercisable during the lifetime of an Optionee only by such Optionee or
      his guardian or legal representative.

            (vi) Other Provisions. Options may be subject to such other
      conditions as the Administrator may prescribe in its discretion.

7. Change in Control Provisions.

      In the event of a Change in Control, any and all Options then outstanding
shall become fully exercisable and vested, whether or not theretofore vested and


8. General Provisions.

      (a) Compliance with Legal and Exchange Requirements. The Plan, the
granting and exercising of Options thereunder, and the other obligations of the
Company under the Plan and any Stock Option Agreement, shall be subject to all
applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, and to such approvals
by any regulatory or governmental agency as may be required. The Company, in its
discretion, may postpone the issuance or delivery of Stock under any Option
until completion of such stock exchange listing or registration or qualification
of such Stock or other required action under any state, federal or foreign law,
rule or regulation as the Company may consider appropriate, and may require any
Optionee to make such representations and furnish such information as it may
consider appropriate in connection with the issuance or delivery of Stock in
compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

      (b) No Right to Continued Employment, etc. Nothing in the Plan or in any
Option granted or Stock Option Agreement entered into pursuant to the Plan shall
confer upon any Optionee the right to continue in the employ of the Company, any
Subsidiary or any Affiliate, as the case may be, or to be entitled to any
remuneration or benefits not set forth in the Plan or such Stock Option
Agreement or to interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company or
any such Subsidiary or Affiliate to terminate such Optionee's employment,
directorship or independent contractor relationship.

      (c) Taxes. The Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate is authorized to
withhold from any Option granted, any payment relating to an Option under the
Plan (including from a distribution of Stock), or any other payment to an
Optionee, amounts of withholding and other taxes due in connection with any
transaction involving an Option, and to take such other action as the
Administrator may deem advisable to enable the Company and an Optionee to
satisfy obligations for the payment of withholding taxes and other tax
obligations relating to any Option. This authority shall include authority to
withhold or receive Stock or other property and to make cash payments in respect
thereof in satisfaction of an Optionee's tax obligations.

      (d) Amendment and Termination of the Plan. The Board may at any time and
from time to time alter, amend, suspend, or terminate the Plan in whole or in
part; provided that, no amendment which requires stockholder approval in order
for the Plan to continue to comply with Rule 16b-3 or Sections 422 and 424 of
the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder shall be effective unless
the same shall be approved by the requisite vote of the stockholders of the
Company entitled to vote thereon. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no amendment
shall affect adversely any of the rights of any Optionee, without such
Optionee's consent, under any Option theretofore granted under the Plan.

      (e) No Rights to Options; No Stockholder Rights. No Optionee shall have
any claim to be granted any Option under the Plan, and there is no obligation
for uniformity of treatment of Optionees. Except as provided specifically
herein, an Optionee or a transferee of an Option shall have no rights as a
stockholder with respect to any shares covered by the Option until the date of
the issuance of a stock certificate to such Optionee for such shares.

      (f) Unfunded Status of Options. The Plan is intended to constitute an
"unfunded" plan for incentive and deferred compensation. Nothing contained in
the Plan or any Option shall give any such Optionee any rights that are greater
than those of a general creditor of the Company.


      (g) No Fractional Shares. No fractional shares of Stock shall be issued or
delivered pursuant to the Plan or any Option. The Administrator shall determine
whether cash, other Options, or other property shall be issued or paid in lieu
of such fractional shares or whether such fractional shares or any rights
thereto shall be forfeited or otherwise eliminated.

      (h) Governing Law. The Plan and all determinations made and actions taken
pursuant hereto shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without
giving effect to the conflict of laws principles thereof.

      (i) Effective Date. The Plan shall take effect upon its adoption by the

      (j) Plan Termination. The Board may terminate the Plan at any time with
respect to any shares of Stock that are not subject to Options. Unless
terminated earlier by the Board, the Plan shall terminate ten years after the
effective date and no Options shall be granted under the Plan after such date.
Termination of the Plan under this Section 8(j) will not affect the rights and
obligations of any Optionee with respect to Options granted prior to termination