Virtual networking Featured

9:48am EDT July 22, 2002, a new online service, promises to turn travel downtime into an opportunity to forge new business contacts.

Members can post their business trip itinerary, interests and messages, while gaining access to the contact details of others in town during that time and a report on potential networking possibilities. The site also includes a reference section that offers travelers everything from weather reports to subway maps.

“The club can be anything a business traveler wants it to be,” says William Richards, creator of “For example, it can provide an opportunity to ‘overview’ who is doing what and where within your industry, or an opportunity to identify new business and suppliers.”

Richards is offering free two-year memberships to the first 10,000 people who visit the site. If you miss out on that, a one-year membership will cost you $79.

Jim Vickers