August 09, 2000 09:36am
Voquette Inc. and Nerve.com Team to Make Nerve Audio Available Anytime, Anywhere
Source: Voquette Inc. and Nerve.com
by: Company Press Release
(SAN MATEO, CA) -- Voquette Inc., a pioneer in personal Web audio, and Nerve.com, the online publisher of exceptional writing and photography about sex, gender and culture, have partnered to provide Nerve's provocative audio content on the Voquette.com directory. The deal also enables Nerve.com fans to savor the site's audio content offline and on the go with the Voquette Media Manager and a portable device.
Nerve.com online sexual content and literature features works from distinguished writers and photographers. The site also includes smart and honest chat and message areas about sex for both men and women. The free Voquette Media Manager(TM) software is a VCR-like application that will let Nerve.com fans record their favorite audio programs for remote playback on portable devices such as MP3 players, MiniDiscs, cassette recorders, CDR/CDRW and laptops.
``Our relationship with Voquette means our dedicated readership can become dedicated listeners as well, with access to Nerve audio content everywhere they go,'' said Louis Kanganis, Nerve.com chief financial officer. ``Coupled with our inclusion in the Voquette.com directory, we've successfully established a strong presence in Web audio.''
``Nerve.com's provocative content is an excellent example of the increasing quality and selection of Web audio for all tastes. Voquette's goal is to personalize the Web audio experience by making it easier to find, access and enjoy personally relevant content,'' said Dave Galvan, Voquette director of business development.
The companies' partnership ensures that Nerve.com audio content will appear on the Voquette site, together with links back to www.nerve.com. Likewise, Nerve.com members and visitors will have access to the Voquette Media Manager download directly from the Nerve.com site.
Voquette is expanding the potential of Web audio with new technologies that enable people to find, capture, organize and listen to all forms of Internet audio content on their computers and a variety of portable audio devices. Voquette has partnered with leading consumer electronics manufacturers, including Philips Electronics and Sharp Electronics, and major content providers and Web audio leaders such as MP3.com. Voquette is venture backed by a group including 21st Century Internet Ventures, Citigroup Investments, MP3.com, Inc., Philips Electronics, iMinds Ventures and Voquette's CEO and Chairman, Philip J. Monego, Sr. Based in San Mateo, CA, Voquette is led by a team of industry veterans from highly successful Internet, computer, networking, database and consumer electronics companies. www.voquette.com.
After its smash debut on the Web on June 26, 1997 (the same day the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Communications Decency Act), Nerve.com has consistently brought its readers the best in material that is ``direct with both word and image, whether the result is flushed faces or just reflective thought.'' With contributions from writers like Norman Mailer, Rick Moody, Camille Paglia, Joycelyn Elders, Erica Jong and A.M. Homes, as well as photographers such as Andres Serrano, Sylvia Plachy and Edward Weston, Nerve has become one of the most visited original online magazines.
Through international expansion and multiple brand extensions in traditional media, Nerve.com, Inc. has developed into a diversified, global media company anchored by its two online properties Nerve.com and Bianca.com, which reach a total of 2.8 million unique users per month, generating 130 million page views per month. Nerve is translated into three languages: French, Spanish, and German. NerveRadio, a complete online experience for the mind and body, was launched in January, and Nerve Center, the online community of thoughtful hedonists, was launched in October 1999. Four books based on the site have been sold. The first, ``Nerve: Literate Smut,'' a book of Nerve stories and essays, was published by Broadway Books in 1998 and is currently in its fourth printing. ``Full Frontal Fiction: a collection of Nerve stories'' and ``The Naughty Bits: A Guided Tour of Sex in the History of Literature'' will be published by Crown in the fall of 2000 and 2001, respectively. ``Nerve: The New Nude,'' a daring collection of photographs from the site, is slated for publication by Chronicle books in the fall of 2000. Predictably, Nerve is also expanding into the sexy and glamorous world of TV and film. The company's first venture is an independent documentary, ``The Lifestyle: Group Sex in the Suburbs,'' produced by Good Machine in affiliation with Nerve and directed by filmmaker David Schisgall.
SIPR for Voquette
Julie Rose, 650/373-2967
Bryan Blatstein, 212/625-9914 ext. 228