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TSC's Net Stocks '99 Summit

-- an event in which five money managers and analysts will join



Jim Cramer


Herb Greenberg

for a two-hour discussion on that most infamous of sectors, the Internet. The summit convenes at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 in New York City. You can listen in real audio and read the transcripts. But first, here are some quick bios of our guest panelists.

Ryan Jacob


Kinetics Asset Management

in 1997 as portfolio manager of the

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Internet mutual fund. During his first year at the helm, the fund grew from less than $200,000 in assets to $22 million. It finished the year at the top of the mutual fund heap with a spectacular 196.1% return. Assets in the fund have since ballooned to $120 million.

Jacob's views on Internet stocks appear frequently in major financial news publications like

The Wall Street Journal


The Los Angeles Times


. The top-performing fund manager has also appeared on



Before joining Kinetics, Jacob spent three years at

Horizon Asset Management

, where he managed private accounts and directed research for the company's

IPO Value Monitor

. He began his investment career in 1992 as an assistant portfolio manager with

Bankers Trust


Brian Salerno

is one of five portfolio managers of the $750 million

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Munder NetNet fund. The fund soared 98% last year, finishing 1998 among the top 10 mutual funds.

The 29-year-old manager is also a member of the team responsible for

Munder Capital Management's

equity security analysis, specializing in the technology sector. Michigan-based Munder has $50 billion in assets under management.

Before joining Munder in 1996, Salerno held equity analyst positions with

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System


Ohio School Employees Retirement System


Andy Kessler

is a partner at

Velocity Capital

and runs a technology and communications fund out of Palo Alto, Calif. Kessler ran a venture fund at

Unterberg Harris

, a private investment fund. Before getting in the venture business, he spent a number of years on Wall Street, including a five-year stint at

Morgan Stanley

as technology strategist and equity analyst.

Nick Moore

is a research analyst specializing in technology stocks at

Jurika & Voyles

. Previously, he was a vice president at

Orbitex Management

, and he was the portfolio manager of the

Orbitex Growth

fund. Before Orbitex, Moore worked for the

Franklin Templeton Group

, where he was the co-manager of the

Franklin California Growth

fund and assistant manager of the

Franklin Small Cap Growth


Henry Blodget

is a senior analyst and managing director at

CIBC Oppenheimer

, where he covers the Internet and e-commerce industries. Prior to joining the firm in 1996, Blodget worked in corporate finance at

Prudential Securities

from 1994 to 1996, where he arranged public and private equity financings and M&A transactions for emerging-growth technology companies. A former journalist, he worked as a freelancer for

CNN Business News


Harper's Magazine

and other news organizations.

Photo of Ryan Jacob by Alison Moore; photo of Henry Blodget by Randy Masser.