Foster City, CA - May 19, 2009

Rearden Commerce Named A 2009 FiReStarter By Strategic News Service

Nomination Underscores the Maturity of the Rearden Commerce™ Platform and Growth Potential of the Internet Assistant Market

Rearden Commerce, provider of the leading on-demand platform that helps companies buy and manage services online, announced today that it was selected as a 2009 FiReStarter company to be announced at the Future in Review (FiRe) conference (May 19-23, San Diego), hosted by the Strategic News Service® (SNS), a leading predictive newsletter covering the computing and communications industries. SNS recognized Rearden Commerce for developing the first, viable on-demand, intelligent personal assistant that leverages contextual information to create efficiencies in the workplace and provide individuals with a superior end-user experience. Rearden Commerce was selected to be one of twelve FiReStarters for 2009 out of hundreds of nominations. Companies selected as FiReStarters are considered to be building technologies that are changing the world.

"Rearden Commerce is a global leader in the high-potential area we have been calling Internet Assistants," said Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service. "All of us have been waiting for a company to break open the world of customized, integrated Net-based services, and now the time has come. This is a huge opportunity, and Rearden Commerce has worked hard to get there in time."

"It's great to see that the concept of the Internet Assistant is finally being recognized at this caliber," said Patrick Grady, CEO and founder, Rearden Commerce. "Being selected as a FiReStarter validates what we've been building for the past eight years and re-confirms the importance of an intelligent layer on top of the Web and how that will only increase in popularity in the future."

Rearden Commerce continues to be recognized for creating a product – the Rearden Personal Assistant™ – that considers the individual's identity, the context of what they are doing, their immediate location, and their corporate policy settings to deliver personalized information so they can make informed decisions. For companies, the Rearden Commerce™ Platform brings increased visibility into spend across multiple categories and leverages real-time data for control over employee habits, including point-of-purchase approvals and comprehensive price comparisons.

About FiRe and the Firestarter Program

Hosted by Mark Anderson, founder and publisher of the Strategic News Service, the FiRe conference exposes world experts and participants to new ideas in a manner that produces an accurate portrait of the future in technology, including nanotechnology, space travel, biology and medical diagnostics, policy, and other fields that contribute to technology outcomes. This intimate conference, held oceanside at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, is designed to be intellectually challenging, financially rewarding, and fun.

For the third year in a row, Strategic News Service (SNS) is selecting 12 businesses – top startups or businesses with new startup technology – for world promotion, based on nominations by trusted strategic investment SNS Members. We believe that these FiReStarter businesses, which are integrated into the FiRe program, are on the cusp of making great strides in improving our world. They are businesses we believe you should know about.