FirstRain Partners With Leading Information Sources To Provide Money Managers With Customized Access To Information In The Life Sciences, Semiconductor And Energy Markets

Premium Research Service Provides Targeted Information from Investor's Business Daily,
Institutional Investor, PharmaLive, Solid State Technology, Oil & Gas Journal and More Than 12,000 Other Authoritative Sources

Foster City, Calif., August 28, 2006 - FirstRain, a premium research service that provides targeted and relevant information to fuel clients' insights, today announced that it has partnered with leading publications to deliver valuable information on companies and trends to institutional money managers with investments in the life sciences, semiconductor and energy markets. Clients now have customized access to more than 12,000 crucial information resources, including Investor's Business Daily, Institutional Investor, PharmaLive, Solid State Technology and Oil & Gas Journal.

The FirstRain service combines an innovative research methodology with patented search technology to give clients a comprehensive view of a company or a trend within its unique market context. FirstRain searches thousands of authoritative sources, including international media, regional publications and blogs, to provide each client with information customized to their investments and insights. This individualized view of critical information helps clients make better business decisions.

"We partner with original, authoritative and specialized information leaders to help us deliver a customized view of information for each of our clients," said Penny Herscher, president and CEO of FirstRain. "Our ongoing client-facing approach and automated search technology ensure that portfolio managers not only receive relevant information from these sources, but also information that is continually updated and customized to keep pace with the evolving market."

With access to key information sources on the life sciences, semiconductor and energy markets, FirstRain's financial services clients can make informed investment decisions. Comments from key source partners include:

"We are pleased to partner with FirstRain and provide special access to Investor's Business Daily's unique content on companies and industries," said Heather Davis, V.P. Licensing of Investor's Business Daily. "The proprietary news and research we present combined with the precision of FirstRain's delivery will help users stay competitive in today's marketplace."

"The Institutional Investor family of publications publishes the content that the investor community depends on for making day-to-day business decisions. We've partnered with FirstRain so that our readers can receive a customized view of this news," said Chris Brown, CEO of Institutional Investor.

"PharmaLive.com has partnered with FirstRain because they have designed an approach to gathering information that is highly specialized. Merging our integrated suite of news and information sources for the pharma and biotech markets with FirstRain's deep knowledge of research and information discovery offers money managers who invest in life sciences the insights they need to make informed decisions," said Jim Hannan, group publisher of PharmaLive.com.

"Our publications track several constantly shifting industries, such as energy and electronics, by providing in-depth analysis of industry issues, events and technology, as well as the important statistics on international markets and activity. It would be hard to imagine anyone investing in these sectors making decisions without consulting the news and trends we publish," said Tom Cintorino, SVP of Digital Media at PennWell Corporation, publisher of Oil & Gas Journal and Solid State Technology, among other leading business-to-business publications. "FirstRain is a valuable service that puts our content in the hands of those who need it, when they need it."

About FirstRain

FirstRain is a premium research service that fuels clients' insights by providing targeted and relevant information on companies and trends, each in their own unique market context. This highly relevant and timely information from across the web-including hard-to-find sources such as sector-specific sources, premium subscription sites, influential blogs and local and international news-enables FirstRain clients to make better business decisions more quickly, using fewer resources. FirstRain is a privately held company headquartered in Foster City, Calif., with additional offices in New York, NY, Boston, Mass., and Gurgaon and Mumbai, India. Contact FirstRain at www.firstrain.com.

Contact:

Izumi Barker
FirstRain, Inc.
650-356-9076
ibarker@firstrain.com

Evonne Lum
Ogilvy Public Relations
415-677-2704
evonne.lum@ogilvypr.com

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