Collaboration Agreement - E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. and ImproveNet Inc.

                             COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

         This Agreement is dated the 3rd day of December 1999 (the "Effective
         Date") and is made between E. I du Pont de Nemours and Company
         ("DuPont"), a Delaware corporation, having its principal place of
         business at 1007 Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19803, and
         ImproveNet, Inc. ("ImproveNet") a Delaware corporation, having its
         principal place of business at 720 Bay Road, Redwood City, California
         94063.

                                    WHEREAS:

A.       ImproveNet has developed and operates an internet based service
         providing content on products and services to consumer endusers and
         matching consumer endusers with builders/remodelers.

B.       DuPont, among other businesses, develops, manufactures and sells
         materials for countertops and other residential products.

C.       ImproveNet wishes to receive from DuPont content for consumer endusers
         and both wish to collaborate in the areas of brand awareness, marketing
         and revenue generation.

D.       Further, the parties acknowledge and understand that DuPont's
         participation in the collaboration contemplated by this Agreement and
         its corresponding obligations are limited to DuPont's 
         Corian-Registered Trademark- surfaces SBU and no other business of 
         DuPont is bound by any provision of this Agreement or arrangements 
         contemplated hereby unless and until such DuPont business agrees to 
         participate. 

E.       The parties intend to exchange with each other the services described
         in this Agreement at a mutually agreed upon value in recognition that a
         precise valuation of the services provided by one party to the other
         party is not readily quantifiable.

                         IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS;

1.       IMPROVENET OFFERING TO DUPONT

1.1      During the entire term of this Agreement, ImproveNet agrees to 
         provide the following to DuPont:

(a)      BANNER ADVERTISING - ImproveNet will add and maintain at least one
         banner advertisement on consumer site and prosite ("Sites") rotating
         through pages of the Sites that are most relevant to DuPont 
         Corian-Registered Trademark- surfaces products ("Products") as 
         mutually agreed upon by the parties and documented in Exhibit I to 
         this Agreement. The content for each banner shall be provided by 
         DuPont in a form to be mutually agreed upon with the content subject 
         to change up to twelve times each year at no cost to DuPont.

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(b)      BUTTON ADVERTISING - ImproveNet will add and maintain a button
         identifying DuPont with continuous presence on button bar for the Sites
         rotating through pages of the Sites that are most relevant to DuPont
         Products as mutually agreed upon by the parties and documented in
         Exhibit I to this Agreement. The content for each button shall be
         provided by DuPont in a form to be mutually agreed upon with the
         content subject to change up to twelve times each year at no cost to
         DuPont.

(c)      ON-LINE PRODUCT BROCHURE - ImproveNet will add and maintain an on-line
         brochure for Products using content supplied by DuPont in a form to be
         mutually agreed upon and linked to the DuPont Corian-Registered 
         Trademark- website. The content will be subject to change up to three 
         times each year at no cost to DuPont.

(d)      MESSAGE BOARD SPONSORSHIP - DuPont will be credited as an official
         sponsor and the countertop sponsor as defined in Section I, 1(g) below
         of Kitchen Ideas message board with a banner permanently added and
         maintained on top of the message board. DuPont may provide information
         to respond to messages received. DuPont, or parties authorized by
         DuPont shall use reasonable efforts to respond to messages received
         with objective information. ImproveNet will have the final editorial
         authority.

(e)      PRODUCT SHOWCASE - ImproveNet will prominently feature Products in all
         product categories on the Sites most relevant to Products as mutually
         agreed upon by the parties and documented in Exhibit I to this
         Agreement. The content for Products shall be provided by DuPont in a
         form to be mutually agreed upon with the content subject to change up
         to six times each year at no cost to DuPont. DuPont will have at least
         as many products featured as any other manufacturer in each relevant
         category.

(f)      HOT LINKS - ImproveNet will add and maintain hot links between the 
         Sites and the DuPont Corian-Registered Trademark- website.

(g)      COUNTERTOP CONTENT SPONSORSHIP - DuPont shall be the exclusive provider
         of Countertop content on the Sites. For the purposes of this
         Agreement, "Countertop" is defined as a horizontal work surface
         located in a residential kitchen, bathroom, wet bar, or home office.
         DuPont shall provide to ImproveNet fully developed content to add and
         maintain on the Sites. ImproveNet reserves the right to edit the
         content provided by DuPont but not to change the substantive
         information without giving DuPont the ability to comment on the
         proposed edit. If ImproveNet wishes to make available to its users
         certain Countertop content, and such content either is not available
         from DuPont or, in the reasonable opinion of ImproveNet, is not of
         acceptable quality, then ImproveNet will notify DuPont of the content
         ImproveNet wishes to obtain. If DuPont is not able to commence
         provision of such content within thirty (30) business days of such
         request, then ImproveNet shall be permitted to present such content
         provided by a third party.

(h)      SERVICE PROVIDER SCREENING - ImproveNet will screen/evaluate service
         providers identified by DuPont using criteria established by ImproveNet
         for all service providers to ImproveNet, ImproveNet will work with
         DuPont to inform and educate DuPont's

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         fabricator and distributor network on ImproveNet's offering through 
         attendance at meetings/conferences of DuPont's fabricator and 
         distributor network at no cost to DuPont.

(i)      SITE ENHANCEMENT - ImproveNet will modify its site to enable early
         indication of consumer's interest in Countertops and. other aspects
         necessary for effective utilization of Smart Lead Messaging (as
         hereinafter defined in section 4 below).

(j)      DATABASE ACCESS - ImproveNet will provide DuPont information drawn from
         ImproveNet's databases of consumers and contractors. The information
         will be defined by DuPont and be necessary for effective utilization of
         Smart Lead Messaging subject to ImproveNet's privacy policy as
         communicated on the Sites.

1.2      CONSIDERATION. In consideration for the ImproveNet offering to DuPont
         for the year 2000, DuPont agrees to pay ImproveNet the amount of
         [...***...] Dollars ($[...***...]). The consideration for subsequent
         calEndar years during the term of this Agreement shall be negotiated by
         the parties prior to the beginning of each calendar year with the
         expectation that the value of each Party's offering to the other Party
         shall be commensurate. The Parties shall invoice each other on a
         calendar quarter basis for one fourth of the total amount of
         consideration charged for each calendar year of this Agreement.
         Invoices shall be payable net 30 days from the date of such invoice.

2.       DUPONT OFFERING TO IMPROVENET

2.1      During the entire term of this Agreement, DuPont agrees to provide 
         the following to ImproveNet;

(a)      CO-BRANDED ADVERTISING - DuPont will develop co-branded advertising
         with ImproveNet to build awareness of ImproveNet's Sites. ImproveNet
         will participate in all aspects of creative development and media
         placement that pertains to ImproveNet's presence in the co-branded
         advertising campaign. DuPont retains final editorial and creative
         decision with ImproveNet having a right of refusal. DuPont will not be
         required to materially alter or revise its advertising strategies and
         plans to implement the co-branded advertising campaign.

(b)      DIRECT MAIL INSERTS - DuPont will include promotional material supplied
         by ImproveNet in direct mailings sent by DuPont in response to certain
         programs identified by DuPont. The material from ImproveNet shall be
         developed at no cost to DuPont and must be in a mutually agreed upon
         format appropriate to the direct mailing and DuPont's brand aesthetics.
         DuPont's material for direct mail it send shall be developed at no cost
         to ImproveNet. The total value to ImproveNet of the Co-Branded
         Advertising and Direct Mail Inserts, should be equal to or greater than
         $[...***...] annually and will be determined on the following scale:

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         -    For advertisements and inserts that mention ImproveNet and provide
              some promotion of its services. DuPont will receive credit in an
              amount not less than [...***...] ([...***...]) of the total net 
              media value of the advertisement, but not more than [...***...]
              ([...***...]) of the total Net media value of the advertisement,
              exact percentage to be mutually agreed upon by the parties based
              upon the degree of the ImproveNet promotion.

         -    For advertisements and inserts that prominently feature
              ImproveNet, and promote ImproveNet's services, DuPont will receive
              credit in an amount not less than [...***...] ([...***...]) of the
              total net media value of the advertisement, but not more than 
              [...***...] ([...***...]) of the total net media value of the 
              advertisement, the exact percentage to be mutually agreed upon by
              the parties based upon the degree of the ImproveNet promotion.

         -    For advertisements and inserts that prominently feature ImproveNet
              more than DuPont, and promote ImproveNet's services, DuPont will
              receive credit in an amount not less than [...***...] 
              ([...***...]) of the total net media value of the advertisement,
              but not more than [...***...] ([...***...]) of the total net 
              media value of the advertisement, the exact percentage to be
              mutuallY agreed upon by the parties based upon the degree of the
              ImproveNet promotion.

(c)      TRADE SHOW PRESENCE - DuPont will make available to ImproveNet
         reasonable space in DuPont's trade show booth at selected major
         industry shows for signage and live site demonstrations by ImproveNet.
         The signage, content and structure of the materials for inclusion in
         the trade show booth shall be supplied at no cost to DuPont and must be
         in a mutually agreed upon format appropriate to DuPont's booth and
         DuPont's brand aesthetics identity.

2.2      CONSIDERATION.  In consideration for the DuPont offering to ImproveNet 
         for the year 2000, ImproveNet agrees to pay DuPont the amount of
         [...***...] Dollars ($[...***...]). The consideration for subsequent
         calendar years during the term of this Agreement shall be negotiated
         by the parties prior to the beginning of each calendar year with the
         expectation that the value of each Party's offering to the other Party
         shall be commensurate. The Parties shall invoice each other on a
         calendar quarter basis for one fourth of the total amount of
         consideration charged for each calendar year of this Agreement.
         Invoices shall be payable net 30 days from the date of such invoice.

3.       EXCLUSIVITY.  During the term of this Agreement, ImproveNet agrees 
         not to enter into relationships with (i) other manufacturers of 
         [...***...] other than with DuPont for advertising (including 
         banners and buttons), sponsorships, and other mutually agreed upon 
         ImproveNet offerings in the Sites and (ii) other manufacturers of 
         [...***...] other than DuPont for Smart Leads and Brochure Showcase. 
         In addition, only for Smart Leads and Brochure Showcase, ImproveNet 
         may enter into relationships with the specifically identified brands 
         of [...***...] identified on Attachment A to this Agreement. Upon 
         written request from ImproveNet, DuPont may waive this restriction 
         for other manufacturers of [...***...] DuPont will 

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         inform ImproveNet whether it will waive this restriction within 
         sixty (60) days of receiving the request, ImproveNet retains the 
         right to include any manufacturer in the Design Gallery, Product 
         Showcase and any other editorial feature provided DuPont products 
         are always prominently featured in all relevant sections of the 
         Sites as mutually agreed upon by the parties. ImproveNet retains the 
         right to charge any manufacturer for live links from ImproveNet to 
         the manufacturer's site except Banners and Burtons. During the term 
         of this Agreement, DuPont agrees that the DuPont Corian-Registered 
         Trademark- business will not establish a similar relationship with 
         another third party, non- DuPont, based residential remodeling 
         contractor referral site.

4.       SMART LEADS MESSAGING.  ImproveNet has a system of issuing leads to
         customers who access the Sites arid contractors who are service
         providers qualified with ImproveNet during certain steps in the
         process of project or job evolution ("Smart Leads Messaging"), DuPont
         desires to participate in ImproveNet's Smart Leads Messaging Program
         at times currently designed by ImproveNet and upon ImproveNet's
         enhancing the Sites at times other than currently designed by
         ImproveNet; for example, prior to job submission for referrals and
         upon job completion. DuPont and ImproveNet shall mutually agree upon
         the timing and content and other criteria for each Smart Lead sent by
         ImproveNet based on meeting DuPont's objective to increase brand
         awareness and revenue generation. DuPont agrees to pay for Smart Leads
         generated wing this criteria at rates to be attached as Exhibit II to
         this Agreement. The cost for Smart Leads shall be fixed for the term
         of the Agreement with the total cost varying based on number of
         messages sent during a billing period.

5.       FIND A CONTRACTOR.  DuPont will place a button to ImproveNet, entitled,
         "Find A Contractor", on the DuPont Corian-Registered Trademark- 
         website. Consumers submitting a project to ImproveNet through this 
         button link will be referred, on an exclusive basis, to DuPont service 
         providers qualified with ImproveNet. If after forty eight hours after 
         the initial referral a sufficient number (a maximum of four) of DuPont 
         service providers have not responded to the lead, the project will be 
         offered to other qualified service providers in the ImproveNet 
         network. ImproveNet agrees to pay DuPont a fee of $[...***...] on all 
         real billable jobs valued greater than [...***...] Dollars 
         ($[...***...]) submitted to ImproveNet that originate from the DuPont 
         Corian-Registered Trademark- website. A "real billable job" means that 
         all information required from consumer is obtained and interest 
         request sent to an ImproveNet service provider. ImproveNet shall 
         report on a calendar quarter basis the billable jobs and submit 
         payment to DuPont for the fees on the billable jobs. 

6.       BRAND PROTECTION. Recognizing the importance of maintaining the
         strength, market presence, and integrity of DuPont's brand, ImproveNet
         will consult with DuPont on removing or modifying any ImproveNet
         service or other offerings which DuPont deems will dilute or adversely
         impact the DuPont brand.

7.       IMPLEMENTATION. Implementation of the arrangements as described in this
         Agreement including content providing and access to sites shall require
         execution of licenses and other agreements by the parties containing
         terms and conditions typical of interact based 

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         business. Such agreements shall be completed promptly (within forty 
         five (45) days from execution) after execution of this Agreement and 
         must be in place before sharing of data or providing access.

8.       TERM; TERMINATION.

8.1      TERM. This Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall
         continue in full force and effect until December 31, 1999 ("1999 Term")
         and thereafter automatically renew for a period of four(4) years
         ("Initial Term") subject to the provisions hereof, as provided for
         below, Prior to the end of the Initial Term of this Agreement, if
         DuPont decides to continue this Agreement it will notify ImproveNet and
         a new agreement will be executed containing the same or different terms
         and conditions, Termination shall nor relieve either party of any
         rights, obligations, or liabilities arising prior to termination of
         this Agreement, Termination of this Agreement in accordance with the
         provisions of this Agreement shall be without liability and neither
         DuPont or ImproveNet shall be liable, or responsible to the other for
         termination compensation or payments of any kind, including but not
         limited to, investment, promotion or selling expense payments.

8.2      EARLY TERMINATION. Either party may terminate this Agreement without
         cause upon ninety (90) days prior written notice to the other party to
         be effective at any time after December 31, 2000, or any renewal term
         of this Agreement. Either party may terminate this Agreement at any
         time during the Initial Term or any renewal term immediately by notice
         to the-other party upon the occurrence of any of the following events
         of default by the other party:

         (a)      The other party fails to observe, perform or fulfill any of
                  its obligations or warranties (other than confidentiality
                  obligations) under the Agreement and fails to cure such
                  default within thirty (30) days after the non-defaulting party
                  gives written notice of such failure;

         (b)      The other party fails to observe, perform or fulfill any
                  confidentiality obligation imposed hereunder and fails to cure
                  such default within ten (10) days after the non-defaulting
                  party gives notice of such failure;

         (c)      The other party's business is liquidated, dissolved or 
                  suspended;

         (d)      The other party's adverse change in financial condition that
                  materially impairs its ability to perform its obligations
                  under this Agreement; or

         (e)      The other party's organization, ownership, operation, or
                  business philosophy change in a manner which in the other
                  party's judgment conflicts with such party's business
                  objectives set forth in this Agreement.

8.3      SURVIVAL. The provisions of the Agreement, which by their nature are
         intended to survive termination or expiration of this Agreement, shall
         survive expiration or termination of this Agreement.

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9.       MANAGEMENT OF THE COLLABORATION

9.1      To facilitate the anticipated scope and importance of the alliance
         created by this Agreement, the parties will jointly establish teams to
         execute the terms of this alliance, and these teams will be located to
         facilitate communications, e.g., Redwood City, Wilmington.

9.2      If ImproveNet considers an international development and deployment of
         the ImproveNet strategy, ImproveNet will consult with DuPont. If
         interested, DuPont and ImproveNet may enter into a separate alliance
         for the international development and deployment of the ImproveNet
         strategy.

9.3      The parties will meet periodically in person or by telephone (and at
         least once per calendar quarter) to discuss operations of this
         collaboration, possible changes to the collaboration and possible
         additional areas of collaborative activity,

9.4      The parties work together to maximize opportunities between the
         companies and to mutually agree on goals and measurable metrics to
         demonstrate increase in desired economics.

10.      PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND CONFIDENTIALITY.

10.1     PROPRIETARY INFORMATION. "Proprietary Information" means any data or
         information regarding (i) the business operations of a party which is
         not generally known to the public and affords such party a competitive
         advantage, including but not limited to, information regarding its
         products and product development, suppliers, marketing strategies,
         finance, operations, customers, sales, and internal performance
         results; (ii) proprietary software, including but not limited to;
         concepts, designs, documentation, reports, data, specifications, source
         code, object code, flow charts, file record layouts, databases,
         inventions and trade secrets, whether or not patentable or
         copyrightable; and (iii) the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

10.2     OWNERSHIP AND PROTECTION. Each parry agrees that it has no interest in
         or right to use the Proprietary In. formation of the other except in
         accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Each party acknowledges
         that it may disclose Proprietary Information to the other in the
         performance of this Agreement. The party receiving the Proprietary
         Information shall (i) maintain it in strict confidence and take all
         reasonable steps to prevent its disclosure to third panics, except to
         the extent necessary to carry out the purposes of this Agreement,, in
         which case these confidentiality restrictions shall be imposed upon the
         third parties to whom the disclosures are made; (ii) use at least the
         same degree of care as it uses in maintaining the secrecy of its own
         Proprietary Information (but no less than a reasonable degree of care);
         and (iii) prevent the removal of any proprietary, confidential or
         copyright notices placed on the Proprietary Information.

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10.3     LIMITATION. Neither party shall have any obligation concerning any
         portion of the Proprietary Information of the other which (i) is
         publicly known prior to or after disclosure hereunder other than
         through acts or omissions attributable to the recipient or its
         employees or representatives; (ii) as demonstrated by prior written
         records, is already known to the recipient at the time of disclosure
         hereunder; (iii) is disclosed in good faith to the recipient by a third
         party having a lawful right to do so; or (iv) is the subject of written
         consent of the party which supplied such information authorizing
         disclosure; (v) is required to be disclosed by the receiving party by
         applicable law or legal process, provided that the receiving party
         shall immediately notify the other party so that it can take steps to
         prevent its disclosure; or (vi) is independently developed by the
         recipient by personnel having no knowledge of the disclosure hereunder.

10.4     REMEDIES FOR BREACH. In the event of a breach of this Section 9, the
         parties agree that the non-breaching party may suffer irreparable harm
         and the total amount of monetary damages for any injury to the
         non-breaching party may be impossible to calculate and would therefore
         be an inadequate remedy. Accordingly, the parties agree that the
         non-breaching party may be entitled to temporary, preliminary and
         permanent injunctive relief against the breaching party, its officers
         or employees, in addition to such other rights and remedies to which it
         may be entitled at law or in equity.

11.      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MATTERS.

11.1     Each party shall retain sole rights to any intellectual property
         developed by that party independently of the collaboration pursuant to
         this Agreement;

11.2     The parties shall jointly own any intellectual property which arises
         out of the collaboration pursuant to this Agreement provided that if
         one party specifies and funds particular research activities, such
         party shall have sole rights to any intellectual property arising out
         of such research activities

11.3     All content and material provided in any format by DuPont for use by
         ImproveNet under this Agreement shall remain the sole property of
         DuPont. DuPont retains all rights of ownership and use including
         copyright, trademark, patent, etc. to the content and material
         including the right to use on any other interact based medium.

11.4     Nothing contained in this Agreement shall, by express grant,
         implication, estoppel or otherwise, creates in either party any right,
         title, interest, or license in or to the inventions, patents, technical
         dam, computer software, or software documentation of the other party.

12.      DISPUTE RESOLUTION.  In the event of a dispute between the parties and
         for which dispute the parties are unable to reach a mutually agreeable
         resolution, the dispute shall be submitted to arbitration under the
         commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association
         then in effect. There shall be one arbitrator mutually agreed to by
         both parties; such arbitrator shall have experience in the area of
         controversy. After the hearing, the arbitrator shall decide the
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         setting forth the issues adjudicated, the resolution thereof and the 
         reasons for the award. The award of the arbitrator shall be 
         conclusive. Payment of the expenses of arbitration, including the 
         fee of the arbitrator, shall be assessed by the arbitrator based on 
         the extent to which each party prevails. 

13.      MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

13.1     INVESTMENT. This Agreement is subject to the execution and delivery of
         the Series E Preferred Stock and Warrant Purchase Agreement on or about
         November 19, 1999.

13.2     FEES; NO BROKERS. Except as expressly provided herein, each party shall
         bear its own costs incurred in performing under this Agreement. Without
         limiting the generality of the foregoing sentence, ImproveNet
         represents and warrants to DuPont, and DuPont represents and warrants
         to ImproveNet that no broker, finder, investment banker or other party
         is entitled to any brokerage, finder's or other fee or commission in
         connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

13.3     SEVERABILITY. If any term of this Agreement is held as invalid or
         unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected,
         and each term and provision shall be valid and enforced to the fullest
         extent permitted by law.

13.4     ASSIGNMENT. This Agreement and any interest hereunder shall inure to
         the benefit of and be binding upon the parties and their respective
         successors, legal representatives and permitted assigns. Upon prior
         notice to the other party, either party may assign this Agreement (i)
         to any legal entity in connection with the merger or consolidation of
         the assigning Party into such entity or the sale of all or
         substantially all of the assets of the assigning Party to such entity;
         or (ii) to any direct or indirect subsidiary of the assigning parry in
         connection with any corporate reorganization. Except as stated in the
         previous sentence, neither party may assign or delegate this Agreement
         without the other party's prior written consent, which consent shall
         not be unreasonably withheld. Any attempt to assign, delegate or
         otherwise transfer the Agreement in violation of this Section 10 is
         voidable by the other party.

13.5     INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. It is expressly agreed that ImproveNet and
         DuPont are acting under this Agreement as independent contractors, and
         the relationship established under this Agreement shall not be
         construed as a partnership, joint venture or other form of joint
         enterprise. Neither parry is authorized to make any representations or
         create any obligation or liability, expressed or implied, on behalf of
         the other party, except as may be expressly provided for in this
         Agreement.

13.6     ACCESS TO BOOKS AND RECORDS. The parties shall keep complete, accurate
         and up-to-date books and records in accordance with generally accepted
         accounting principles and sound business practices covering all
         transactions relating to this Agreement. Either party and/or its
         authorized representatives shall upon reasonable notice have the right
         (not more than once annually) to inspect, audit, and/or copy such
         records in order to determine whether all provisions of this Agreement
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         that all information and records obtained in such audit shall be 
         considered Proprietary Information. This right to audit shall be 
         available to either party for up to two (2) years following the 
         termination of this Agreement.

13.7     NOTICES. All notices, requests, demands and other communications
         (collectively, "Notices") required or permitted by this Agreement shall
         be in writing and shall be delivered by hand, telex, telegraph,
         facsimile or like method of transmission or mailed by registered or
         certified mail, return receipt requested, first class postage prepaid,
         addressed as follows:

         If to DuPont:
         DuPont Corian-Registered Trademark-
         E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
         P.O. Box 80012
         Wilmington, DE 19850-0012
         Attn: Global Communications Manager
         Fax:

         If to ImproveNet:
         ImproveNet, Inc.
         720 Bay Road
         Redwood City, California 94063
         Attn:
         Fax:

         If delivered by hand, telex, telegraph, facsimile or like method of
         transmission, the date on which a Notice is actually delivered shall be
         deemed the date of receipt and if delivered by mail, the date on which
         a Notice is actually received shall be deemed the date of receipt.
         Either party may change the address or designated person for receiving
         Notices by providing notice in accordance with this Section 11.g.

13.9     EXHIBITS. This Agreement incorporates the attached Attachment, Exhibits
         and any subsequent Attachments, Exhibits or schedules referencing this
         Agreement.

13.10    Y2K.

         Each party covenants and agrees that it will not permit a Year 2000
         Problem to computer systems, software or equipment owned, leased or
         licensed by it, its affiliates or subsidiaries to interfere with its
         performance under this Agreement. This undertaking is subject to any
         standard of performance or any excuse for non-performance provided in
         this Agreement, at law, or in equity. Each party further agrees, to the
         extent that the party deems it appropriate, to request, from those of
         its suppliers whose performance may materially affect that party's
         performance hereunder, that each such supplier undertake the same
         obligation with respect to such material performance. The parties will
         use reasonable commercial efforts to cooperate and share information to
         further comply with this section, and to minimize the impact of any
         Year 2000 Problem

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         on performance of this Agreement. Each party will inform the other 
         party of any circumstance indicating a possible obstacle to such 
         compliance, and the steps being taken to avoid or overcome the 
         obstacle. Provided a party complies with the previous paragraph, it 
         will not be liable to the other party for any failure to perform 
         obligations under this Agreement to the extent such failure arises 
         from a Year 2000 Problem (l) affecting one of the non-performing 
         party's suppliers or (2) beyond that party's reasonable control 
         (e.g., a Year 2000 Problem affecting a governmental entity). IN 
         PARTICULAR, SUCH NON-PERFORMING PARTY SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR 
         ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, 
         CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OK EXEMPLARY DAMAGES.

         A "Year 2000 Problem" means a date handling problem relating to the
         Year 2000 date change that would cause a computer system, software or
         equipment to fail to correctly perform, process and handle date-related
         data for the dates within and between the twentieth and twenty-first
         centuries and all other centuries.

13.10    GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement is to be construed, and the respective
         rights of DuPont and ImproveNet are to be determined, according to the
         laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to choice of law or
         conflicts principles of such other state which might otherwise be
         applicable, and the courts of Delaware shall have exclusive
         jurisdiction over any disputes, controversies or issues arising under
         this Agreement. This Agreement shall not be governed by the United
         Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

13.11    ENTIRE AGREEMENT/AMENDMENTS. This Agreement including all exhibits
         attached hereto, contains the entire agreement between the parties
         covering the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and
         contemporaneous proposals, discussions and writings by and between the
         parties and relating to the subject matter hereof. None of the terms of
         this Agreement shall be deemed to be waived by either party or amended
         or supplemented unless such waiver, amendment or supplement is written
         and signed by both parties. The invalidity or unenforceability of any
         particular provision of this Agreement, as determined by any court of
         competent jurisdiction or any appropriate legislature, shall not affect
         the other provisions hereof, and this Agreement shall be construed in
         all respects as if such invalid or unenforceable provision had been
         omitted. No usage of trade or industry course of dealing shall be
         relevant to explain or supplement any term expressed in this Agreement.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, ImproveNet and DuPont, intending to be legally bound by the
terms of this Agreement, have caused this Agreement to be executed by their duly
authorized representatives.

E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY       IMPROVENET, INC.

By: /s/ Keith R. McLoughlin               By: /s/ Ronald B. Cooper
   --------------------------------          --------------------------------

Name:  Keith R. McLoughlin                Name:  Ronald B. Cooper
     ------------------------------          --------------------------------

Title: Vice President and                 Title: President and CEO
       General Manager                          -----------------------------
     ------------------------------

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                                    Exhibit I

    Pages of Consumer Site and Prosite Relevant to DuPont Corian-Registered 
    Trademark- Products 

CONSUMER SITE
Design Gallery - Top Page
Design Gallery - Kitchens
Design Gallery - Baths
Product Showcase - Top Page
Product Showcase - Counters
Product Showcase - Bath Collections
Product Showcase - Kitchen Sinks 
Product Showcase - Bath Sinks 
Product Showcase - Shower and Tub Enclosures
Product Showcase - Tub and Shower Combos 
Expert Advice - Top Page
Expert Advice - Pro Advice Library 
Expert Advice - Message Boards - Top Page
Expert Advice - Message Boards - Kitchen Ideas
Expert Advice - Message Boards - Bath Ideas
Expert Advice - Message Boards - Cabinetry and Counters
Manufacturer Listings - Counters

PRO SITE
Design Gallery - Top Page
Design Gallery - Kitchens
Design Gallery - Baths
Product Ideas - Bath
Collections Product Ideas - Bath Sinks
Product Ideas - Counters 
Product Ideas - Kitchen Sinks 
Product Ideas - Shower & Tub Enclosures 
Product Ideas - Tub and Shower Combos 
Manufacturer Listings - Counters

Important Notes regarding relevant pages

         -        Not all relevant pages accept banner and button advertising.
                  This is not a guarantee that a banner/button for DuPont
                  Corian-Registered Trademark- will always be found on one of 
                  these pages. 

         -        New pages are added to both the consumer and ProSite on a
                  regular basis. Part of the management of the collaboration
                  will be keeping DuPont up to speed on planned editorial
                  changes in the site and determining the relevance of each.

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                                   Exhibit II

                               Smart Leads Program

The  base cost per message ($[...***...] - $[...***...] based on segmentation)
     will remain the same for duration of the Agreement, but the total cost will
     change depending upon the number of messages sent and the return to DuPont
     from the SmartLeads. The estimated costs below are for 2000, ImproveNet
     will update the projections annually during DuPont's budgeting cycle.
     DuPont will be billed only for the actual number of messages sent if the
     true number falls below the estimates. If the number of messages surpasses
     estimates, DuPont will be receiving those additional messages at no
     additional charge.

ImproveNet will send custom SmartLeads to the following groups:

1.       To selected homeowners submitting a kitchen or bath remodeling project
         - Estimated number of jobs submitted to ImproveNet - [...***...]
         - Cost per message - $[...***...], with no segmentation of budget or 
           geography, additional $[...***...] per segment.
         - Total Net Maximum Cost - $[...***...]
2.       To contractors working with homeowners on above projects
         - [...***...] contractor messages sent 
         - Cost per message - $[...***...]
         - Total Net Maximum Cost - $[...***...]
3.       To recent purchasers of DuPont products
         Post project offer to recent purchasers to include DuPont 
         Corian-Registered Trademark- on their next project 
         -    Estimated [...***...] messages
         -     Cost per message - $[...***...]
         -     Total Net Maximum Cost - $[...***...]
4.       To "Early Birds" consumers who have submitted a project to ImproveNet,
         too early to be matched with a service provider. 
         -    Estimated number of "Early Bird" kitchen and bath remodeling jobs
              submitted - [...***...]
         -    Cost per message - $[...***...]
         -    Total Net Maximum Cost - $[...***...]


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EX-10.18

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EXHIBIT 10.18





                                                                   EXHIBIT 10.18



                                            ***TEXT OMITTED AND FILED SEPARATELY
                                                CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT REQUESTED
                                          UNDER 17 C.F.R. SECTIONS 200.80(b)(4),
                                                            200.83 AND 240.24b-2


           INTERNET DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

         This INTERNET DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT (the
"Agreement") is dated as of September 10, 1999 (the "Effective Date"), by and
between ImproveNet, Inc., a Delaware corporation, with its principal place of
business at 1286 Oddstad Drive, Redwood City, CA 94063 ("ImproveNet"), General
Electric Company, a New York corporation, ("GE") by and through its General
Electric Appliances operating unit having a place of business at Appliance Park,
Louisville, Kentucky 40225 ("GEA") and GE Capital Equity Investments, Inc.

(solely with regard to Article IV, Section 4.2 hereof).

                                    RECITALS

         WHEREAS, ImproveNet, itself and through its affiliates, has developed
and operates a proprietary Internet-based service for matching consumer
end-users with builders/remodelers;

         WHEREAS, GEA manufactures and/or sells appliance products and services
to builders/remodelers and desires to strengthen its relationship with
builders/remodelers through a commercial arrangement with ImproveNet;

         WHEREAS, ImproveNet wishes to provide builder/remodeler customers and
consumer end-users utilizing the ImproveNet System with linkage to certain
content and capabilities owned or licensed by GEA relating to various GEA
products and services; and

         WHEREAS, ImproveNet, GE, GEA and GE Capital Equity Investments, Inc.
have determined that it is in their respective interests to enter into this
agreement;

         NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, and in
consideration of the mutual covenants and conditions herein set forth, and with
the intent to be legally bound thereby, ImproveNet and GEA hereby agree as
follows:

                                    ARTICLE I

                                   DEFINITIONS

     Section 1.1    DEFINED TERMS. Unless the parties, in writing, agree 
otherwise, the following defined terms shall have the meanings set forth herein:

                    (a) "ABD" means a GEA Authorized Builder-Distributor.

                    (b) "AFFILIATE" means any entity that controls, is
controlled by, or is under common control with the named entity, whether
directly or through one or more intermediaries. For purposes of this definition
"under common control with," "controlled by" and "control" each refer to
ownership of more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting capital stock or other
interests having voting rights with respect to the election of the board of
directors or similar governing authority.

                    (c) "HPS" means GEA's Home Products and Services business.

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                    (d) "IMPROVENET MARKS" means any and all trademarks, trade
names and/or service marks owned by ImproveNet and related to the ImproveNet
System.

                    (e) "IMPROVENET SYSTEM" means the current ImproveNet.com web
site and all ImproveNet business processes created in support of the
ImproveNet.com website consisting of: (i) ImproveNet's Internet website(s) as of
Effective Date, or ImproveNet's successor websites thereto; (ii) any other
websites or means of electronic display or presentation relating to the
builder/remodeler service process controlled by ImproveNet or its Affiliates
relevant to the builder/remodeler or service process; (iii) software developed
or utilized to create and publish product or service catalogs; and (iv) any
proprietary communications links between the ImproveNet System website and GEA.

                    (f) "COVERED ITEMS" means any products or services offered
for sale to builders and/or remodelers and End Users by GE in the following
categories: refrigeration, cooking, speed cooking, microwave, laundry,
dishwasher, and room air conditioners.

                    (g) "CUSTOMER" means any builder or remodeler that uses the
ImproveNet System to obtain access to potential End User buyers of building or
remodeling goods or services.

                    (h) "END USER" means a visitor to the ImproveNet System,
other than a Customer, who may be an actual or potential purchaser or consumer
of building or remodeling goods and services.

                    (i) "GEA CONTENT" means GEA product specifications and
descriptions for Covered Items, digitized representations of GEA products, and
any other proprietary informational content provided by GEA for placement on or
linkage from or to the ImproveNet System.

                    (j) "GEA MARKS" means any and all trademarks, trade names,
and/or service marks owned by GE and used in connection with the GEA Content.

                    (k) "GEA TECHNOLOGY" means: (i) GEA's CustomerNet and
Interactive Design Center sites and related software; (ii) GEA's order entry and
order fulfillment system; and (iii) any Proprietary Information of GEA provided
to ImproveNet under this Agreement.

                    (l) "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS" means intellectual
property and/or proprietary rights, including, without limitation, copyrights
(including, but not limited to, rights in audiovisual works, whether or not
registered); moral rights and all other rights in works of authorship; patent
rights (including patent applications and disclosures); rights of priority;
publicity rights, trade secret rights; registered or otherwise protected
trademarks, trade names, and service marks, and protections from trademark
dilution; to the extent that any of the foregoing are recognized in any country
or jurisdiction in the world.

                    (m) "MEMBER" means a manufacturer or distributor of building
or remodeling supplies or services who contracts with ImproveNet to market goods
or services to Customers or End-users through the ImproveNet System. Members
include those manufacturers and distributors, such as GEA, which are designated
as "Founding Members" by virtue of contracting for terms such as GEA has been
accorded in section 3.3 hereof.

                    (n) "PROPRIETARY INFORMATION" of a party means any
confidential, proprietary or trade secret information disclosed by a party that
is identified in writing as such at the time of its initial disclosure, or if
initially disclosed in intangible form, is reduced to tangible form and properly

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identified as such within thirty (30) days of initial unmarked disclosure, 
however, disclosed, whether orally, visually, electronically, in writing or 
otherwise, including without limitation: (i) information disclosed by a party 
relating to product development strategy and activity, corporate assessments 
and strategic plans, financial and statistical information, accounting 
information, software, systems, processes, formulae, inventions, discoveries, 
policies, guidelines, procedures, practices, disputes or litigation; (ii) 
trade information relating to such party's employees, advertisers, suppliers, 
contractors or customers which, if released, would cause an unlawful or 
actionable invasion of privacy; and (iii) compilations or summaries of 
information or data that is itself Proprietary Information. For purposes of 
this Agreement, information shall be deemed to be disclosed by a party if 
such information is disclosed by any of its officers, employees, directors, 
consultants, agents, representatives or Affiliates.

                    (o) "STATEMENT OF WORK" means the description of the
parties' responsibilities and implementation schedules set forth in EXHIBIT A.

                    (p) "ImproveNet Consumer Site" means ImproveNet's 
location on the internet where individual consumers access any of 
ImproveNet's product and service offering. Currently defined as 
www.improvenet.com. In the event ImproveNet defines other URL's for consumers 
to access its product and service offering in the future, these sites will 
also be included under this definition.

                    (q) "ImproveNet ProSite" means location or locations on 
the internet where individual contractors or groups of contractors access 
ImproveNet's complete product and service offering to the contractor network. 
The ProSite offering is still under development and will be defined with 
specific URLs after completion of this Agreement. All URLs where contractors 
will access ImproveNet's product and service offering are included in this 
definition.

                    (r) "SmartLeads" means targeted email messages, either 
stand alone messages or embedded as part of a broader message from 
ImproveNet, sent to consumers and contractors on behalf of ImproveNet's 
manufacturing and service partners such as GEA Appliances.

                    (s) "Smart Pro Fax" means faxes sent to contractors which 
includes a targeted message from an ImproveNet manufacturing and service 
partner such as GEA.

                    (t) "GEA Find A Contractor" means capability to access 
ImproveNet content directly on the GE Appliances web site via clicking on a 
button on the GE Appliances site that indicates this feature. The name of 
such button may vary from "Find a Contractor", per GEA's discretion but must 
suggest to the consumer that they will be sent to a site offering content 
consistent with ImproveNet's product and service offering and value 
proposition.

                    (u) "Six Sigma Process" means a business process that is 
designed using GE's "Six Sigma" quality assurance and improvement process 
methodology. This methodology is defined based on GE's internal training 
materials for Six Sigma and includes but is not limited to the use of process 
mapping and statistics to design and improve processes that best meet the 
defined objectives of a company's customers.

                    (v) "Competitor" means any person, corporation or other 
business entity, including their successors, in whole or in part, that 
produces or sells Covered Items, including but not limited to the following 
corporations: [...***...].

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                                   ARTICLE II

              DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION OF THE IMPROVENET SYSTEM

     Section 2.1 DEVELOPMENT OF IMPROVENET SYSTEM. ImproveNet will develop 
the ImproveNet System and link GEA Content and transactional capabilities in 
accordance with the specifications and schedule set forth in the Statement of 
Work. In connection with such development efforts, ImproveNet and GEA will 
perform the activities specified in this Article II and the Statement of Work.

     Section 2.2 IMPROVENET SYSTEM DESIGN. In consultation with ImproveNet, 
GEA will provide design input with respect to ImproveNet's links to GEA 
Content and will have final approval of the results of the linkage of the GEA 
Content and GEA Technology with the ImproveNet System before such results are 
made publicly available. No changes to the overall "look and feel" relating 
to GEA Content or GEA Covered Items will be made without prior approval of 
GEA. ImproveNet shall not alter the wording or context of any GEA Content 
without the prior written approval of GEA.

     Section 2.3 RISK MANAGEMENT CONTACT. ImproveNet and GEA will each 
designate a risk management contact (collectively, the "Risk Management") as 
the primary individuals responsible for facilitating communication between 
GEA and ImproveNet regarding the Statement of Work and for coordinating the 
development and integration efforts contemplated herein.

                    (a) MODIFICATIONS TO STATEMENT OF WORK. Upon mutual 
written agreement, GEA and ImproveNet may from time to time modify the 
Statement of Work, provided that any modifications to the Statement of Work 
will be made in a writing executed by each of the parties.

                    (b) SCHEDULE. GEA and ImproveNet will confer on a regular 
basis to assess the status of the development effort with respect to the 
agreed-upon schedule for such effort ("Schedule") as indicated on EXHIBIT B 
hereto, which may be updated or modified by the parties at any time in a 
writing executed by each of the parties hereto.

     Section 2.4 DEVELOPMENT PERSONNEL. ImproveNet will dedicate, as mutually 
agreed upon by GEA and ImproveNet, sufficient personnel with appropriate risk 
management skill to the development and integration effort contemplated by 
this Agreement in order to ensure that the ImproveNet System is developed and 
integrated in accordance with the Schedule.

     Section 2.5 "BEST OF BREED" PERFORMANCE STANDARDS TO BE MAINTAINED BY 
IMPROVENET. ImproveNet shall exercise commercially reasonable efforts to 
perform its responsibilities set forth in this Agreement so that, to the 
extent applicable, the ImproveNet System is competitive with or superior to 
any other commercial consumer service-oriented web sites offered in similar 
markets to similar customers ("Best of Breed Performance Standards"). For 
purposes of this Section, competitiveness or superiority shall be ascertained 
on the basis of material, objective performance factors, including response 
time, functionality, and reliability. Without limiting the foregoing, 
ImproveNet shall, (i) exercise reasonable commercial efforts to ensure that 
the ImproveNet System operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 
with no more than five percent (5%) Scheduled Downtime (periods of 
unavailability for scheduled maintenance or installation of upgrades), and 
(ii) ensure that there is no Scheduled Downtime between 6am and 9pm EST

     Section 2.6 GEA ASSISTANCE. GEA will use reasonable commercial efforts 
to provide appropriate and timely support to ImproveNet's development and 
integration efforts

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     Section 2.7 DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES. Except as expressly stated in this 
Agreement, ImproveNet will be responsible for its own cost of development of 
the ImproveNet System and integration with GEA and will pay for the costs of 
the personnel, materials, and facilities it contributes to such effort.

     Section 2.8 MAINTENANCE OBLIGATIONS. ImproveNet shall update the 
ImproveNet System as promptly as is practicable and at least as often as is 
necessary to maintain compliance with any applicable government regulations 
and standard industry practices. GEA shall update the GEA Content linked to 
the ImproveNet System as promptly as is practicable and at least as often as 
is necessary to maintain compliance with any applicable government 
regulations and standard industry practices. In addition, the parties will 
cooperate to maintain any transactional capabilities between GEA and 
ImproveNet as the ImproveNet System upgrades are released.

                                   ARTICLE III

                           MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION

     Section 3.1 IMPROVENET MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION RESPONSIBILITIES TO GEA

                    (a) Paid Banner Advertising - GEA will be represented 
with at least [...***...] paid banner [...***...] on the ImproveNet 
Consumer Site and the ProSite (a contractor site now in development), at all 
times over the life of the Agreement, including in one or more of the 
following four locations on the ImproveNet Consumer Site at ImproveNet's 
discretion: kitchen section of the product showcase, kitchen section of the 
design gallery, lead banner advertisement on the ImproveNet homepage, or 
kitchen sections of version 2.0. Both parties agree that banner locations may 
be relocated on the ImproveNet System, provided both parties agree, as the 
nature of the ImproveNet System changes over time. GEA, working with 
ImproveNet, will determine the GEA Content and linkages associated with the 
advertisements. ImproveNet guarantees minimum impressions for each 
advertisement at a level at least as high as that guaranteed within its 
normal signed Insertion Orders with other manufacturers. Banner sizes and 
nature will be at least consistent with (e.g. 488x60), but may exceed the 
standard advertisement terms agreed to by other manufacturers in signed 
Insertion Orders.

                    (b) Paid Button Advertising - GEA will be represented 
with [...***...] paid button [...***...] on both the ImproveNet Consumer Site 
and ProSite over the life of the Agreement. This paid button will be 
prominently placed and will be present on all pages of the ImproveNet 
Consumer Site and ProSite where there is relevant content for the Covered 
Items; provided, however, ImproveNet will place a GEA button in all places 
where a [...***...]appears on the ImproveNet Consumer Site and ProSite except 
the home page of the ImproveNet Consumer Site, provided that it is free of 
any [...***...]. In the event, ImproveNet makes the editorial decision to add 
any button advertising to the home page of the ImproveNet Consumer Site, a 
GEA button will be present on the home page at all times that other button 
advertising is present on the ImproveNet Consumer Site homepage. GEA, working 
with ImproveNet, will determine the GEA Content and linkages associated with 
the advertisements. ImproveNet guarantees minimum impressions for each 
advertisement at a level at least as high as that guaranteed within its 
standard signed Insertion Orders with other manufacturers. Button sizes and 
nature will be at least consistent (e.g. 66 x33) but may exceed the standard 
advertisement terms agreed to by other manufacturers in signed Insertion 
Orders.

                    (c) On-line Product Brochure - A GEA product brochure, 
linked to the 

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GEA site, will be part of the ImproveNet Consumer Site and ProSite site for 
the entire life of the agreement. GEA and ImproveNet will both work together 
in good faith to provide the resources needed to co-design the brochure to be 
launched as soon as possible. ImproveNet will agree to link the brochure to 
the GEA site if appropriate to eliminate the need for GEA to maintain 
multiple versions of brochures.

                    (d) Hot Links - The ImproveNet Consumer Site and ProSite 
will be "hot linked" to the GEA site for the entire life of the Agreement, in 
all places where GEA is referenced, unless GEA specifically agrees not to 
link specific references.

                    (e) Consumer SmartLeads - GEA has the right to submit 
SmartLeads to [...***...] ImproveNet [...***...] initiating on the GEA site 
and the ImproveNet System who submits a job related to kitchen designing and 
remodeling or general designing and remodeling that include kitchens, for the 
entire life of the Agreement. In addition, GEA will receive an additional 
[...***...]SmartLeads per year during this three-year Agreement to use at its 
discretion from customers initiating on other manufacturers sites (e.g. find 
a contractor). ImproveNet will seek the permission of the respective 
manufacturer whose site the customer originated on ("host manufacturer") for 
GEA to submit the SmartLeads. The host manufacturer retains the full 
authority to reject GEA SmartLeads to consumers originating on its site. GEA 
as a host manufacturer will also hold this veto right regarding leads from 
other manufacturers to consumers originating on its site. GEA SmartLeads will 
be consistent in nature (e.g. currently 3 messages per lead) with those 
agreed to by other manufacturers in standard signed Insertion Orders.

                    (f) Contractor SmartLeads - GEA has the right to submit 
SmartLeads to [...***...] ImproveNet [...***...] (including general and 
specialty remodeling contractors, designers and architects) responding to a 
job related to kitchen designing and remodeling or general designing and 
remodeling that include kitchens, for the entire life of this Agreement that 
comes from the ImproveNet System or GEA; provided, that such contractor has 
not opted out of receiving third-party promotions. These leads will be 
submitted to contractors who are both on-line and not on-line through a 
combination of e-mails via the ProSite and fax via the Smart ProFax. In 
addition, GEA will receive an additional [...***...] SmartLeads per year 
during the three-year agreement subject to the same host manufacturer rules 
as specified in Section 3.1(e) above, on the contractor ProSite to use at its 
discretion. GEA SmartLeads to contractors will be consistent in nature with 
those agreed to by other manufacturers in standard signed Insertion Orders.

                    (g) Product Showcase - Over the entire life of the 
Agreement, GEA product will be listed prominently under each of the "covered 
product categories" in the Product Showcase and will have the right to have 
GEA products listed in [...***...] under each of the "covered product 
categories" as [...***...].

                    (h) Support resource - ImproveNet agrees to assign a 
full-time individual to maximize opportunities between ImproveNet and GEA. In 
addition, ImproveNet agrees to provide the resources required to implement 
GEA "Find a Contractor," GEA product brochure, and other system requirements 
to ensure GEA is connected to ImproveNet as quickly as possible following the 
signing of this Agreement.

                    (i) GEA contractor screening - (1) ImproveNet agrees to 
screen/evaluate any contractors, builders and remodelers suggested by GEA for 
inclusion in the ImproveNet System, and (2) said screening/evaluation process 
shall be reviewed by GEA pursuant to its Six Sigma Process and GEA will make 
suggestions to ImproveNet as to potential changes or improvement; provided, 
however, ImproveNet shall in its sole discretion have the right to approve 
its screening and evaluation process and 

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determine if a contractor, builder or remodeler is included in the ImproveNet 
System.

                    (j) Marketing Data: Consistent with the terms of Article 
VII, (1) CUSTOMERS INITIATED ON GEA "FIND A CONTRACTOR": ImproveNet will, 
during the term of this Agreement, provide GEA with aggregated customer data 
for all customers initiating from the GEA "Find a Contractor" location. Such 
data will include, but not be limited to, consumer demographic data captured 
by ImproveNet, consumer click through data, and job/purchase basket analysis. 
ImproveNet will not share GEA specific data with any other parties, except to 
the extent that such data is aggregated with other manufacturer data and is 
not identifiable as GEA-specific data, and (2) CUSTOMERS INITIATED ON 
IMPROVENET SITE AND OTHER HOST MANUFACTURER SITES: During the term of this 
Agreement, ImproveNet will make commercially reasonable efforts to seek 
approval of all host manufacturers to provide to ImproveNet overall site and 
category level data for all product categories. The host manufacturers retain 
the full authority to reject any request for marketing data that includes 
consumers originating on their sites.

     Section 3.2 GEA MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION RESPONSIBILITIES TO IMPROVENET

                    (a) "Find A Contractor": GEA agrees to institute and 
support the "Find a Contractor" service for the entire life of the Agreement. 
GEA and ImproveNet will work together to execute the foregoing with two 
objectives in mind: (1) GEA customers will remain framed within GEA's 
websites (unless GEA, at its sole discretion, agrees otherwise). GEA will not 
become subject to ancillary liability for customer-contractor-ImproveNet 
disputes, except as may pertain to actual or alleged defects in GEA Covered 
Items. The precise form of this linkage will be determined by GEA in 
consultation with ImproveNet.

                    (b) GEA Point Person: GEA will support ImproveNet with a 
full-time dedicated person devoted to maximizing opportunities between 
ImproveNet and GEA (GEA Point Person). This person will be Six Sigma trained 
and their job will based on, but not limited to, undertaking the following 
activities:

                         (1) Promotion of Find a Contractor - GEA will work 
with marketing and other GEA functional groups to incorporate the ImproveNet 
"message" and GEA's implementation of "Find a Contractor" into GEA's general 
promotional and communications materials to the trade. GEA will work in good 
faith in this area but ImproveNet agrees to understand the broad and diverse 
nature of GEA communication materials, the needs and desires of the receiving 
parties of the materials, and the lead time associated with working to 
include such information in its materials, in its interpretation of "good 
faith."

                         (2) External Communications - GEA will work with 
ImproveNet and GEA communications to develop press releases and 
communications to other targeted manufacturers regarding the GEA-ImproveNet 
relationship and the ImproveNet value proposition.

                         (3) Trade shows - GEA will coordinate GEA-ImproveNet 
co-marketing activities at industry trade shows and events.

                         (4) Authorized builder distributors - GEA will work 
with HPS Marketing to fold the ImproveNet relationship into the ABD Prestige 
Remodeling Program including local ABD remodeling events

                         (5) Sales - GEA will work with GEA sales management 
to communicate the ImproveNet relationship to the GEA field sales force.

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                         (6) BuildNet - GEA will facilitate conversations to 
identify and implement mutually agreed upon opportunities between BuildNet, 
Inc., ImproveNet, and GEA.

                         (7) Six Sigma-GEA will complete a project to analyze 
ImproveNet's core business processes. Train key ImproveNet personnel on Six 
Sigma. Provide ongoing Six Sigma support.

                    (c) Call center key word search: GEA will build an 
ImproveNet marketing message into the Answer Center database by connecting it 
to keywords associated with remodeling and the ImproveNet value proposition. 
GEA will communicate this added feature to all service representatives in the 
Answer Center and will train all GEA service representatives in the Answer 
Center to use it. ImproveNet and GEA will work together to script the message 
and identify the list of keywords to be used.

                    (d) Automated call center message: GEA is currently 
developing automated, IVR, dealer locator functionality in the Answer Center. 
An ImproveNet message will be built into this new feature under remodeling.

                    (e) Direct marketing: GEA agrees to provide ImproveNet 
with the opportunity to insert ImproveNet promotional materials in [...***...]
third class direct mailings of GEA's affiliate Warranty Management Inc. each 
year for the entire term of the Agreement. Materials to be inserted will be 
developed by ImproveNet at their cost and must fit within the specifications 
used by GEA with other advertisers. Improvenet's third class mailing 
opportunities with GEA are anticipated to number at least [...***...] 
individual mailing pieces per year. In the event third class mailing 
opportunities fall below [...***...] pieces, GEA will provide opportunities 
for ImproveNet to insert in other class mailings until total opportunities 
reach [...***...] pieces in a given year.

                    (f) Direct marketing database: GEA to provide ImproveNet 
access to up to 12 "cuts" or "runs" of the GEA direct marketing database over 
the three year period. ImproveNet's use of the database must comply with the 
standards imposed by GEA in working with other third party users of the 
database

     Section 3.3 FOUNDING MEMBER AGREEMENT

GEA will be designated as a "founding member" of the ImproveNet manufacturers 
partners program. This membership applies to all the Covered Items and 
services defined above. As a founding member GEA will receive the following 
benefits:

                    (a) Equity investment [...***...]: During the term of 
this Agreement, ImproveNet agrees not to sell any capital stock to [...***...];
provided, however, the aforementioned limitation shall not apply to any stock 
sold in the public market or sold by the Company in any underwritten 
registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. GEA maintains the 
right to waive this exclusivity right at any time.

                    (b) Preferred SmartLeads placement: GEA SmartLeads will 
be the [...***...] manufacturer listed within a message when multiple 
manufacturers in the Covered Items categories are submitting a message to a 
Customer in the same message. In addition, when both GEA and other 
manufacturers in the Covered Items categories submit leads within separate 
messages to the same Customer, the GEA SmartLeads will be submitted in 
messages that [...***...] the messages containing 


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leads from other manufacturers in the Covered Items categories.

                    (c) ImproveNet personal project advisors will be trained 
to mention GEA first when discussing the Covered Items categories with 
consumers.

                    (d) GEA paid banner and button advertising will receive 
at least an equal position to other advertisements from other manufacturers 
of the Covered Items when located on the same page

                                   ARTICLE IV

                              MARKETING ASSISTANCE

     Section 4.1 CUSTOMER REFERRALS. For a period of three years commencing 
on the Effective Date, GEA agrees to pay ImproveNet the sum of [...***...]
dollars ($[...***...]) for each "completed customer" (the "Fee"). This will 
be done quarterly as the data is collected with both parties having 
appropriate audit rights. For purposes of this provision, a "completed 
customer" is defined as a consumer or contractor that is (i) referred to GEA 
through a lead initiated by ImproveNet, including both on-line leads sent 
electronically and paper-based leads printed off the ImproveNet System, and 
(ii) which buys GEA Covered Items in conjunction with that job as 
demonstrated by the customer's submission of an ImproveNet generated coupon 
pursuant to a promotional program developed and sponsored by GEA in its sole 
discretion; provided, however, the aggregate due to ImproveNet under this 
Section 4.1 shall not exceed in the aggregate $[...***...]during the first 
year of this Agreement, $[...***...] in the second year of this Agreement and 
$[...***...] during the third year of this Agreement.

     Section 4.2 WARRANT. In recognition of GEA's strategic contribution, 
ImproveNet hereby grants to GEA a warrant in the form attached hereto as 
EXHIBIT C, the intent and effect of which shall be that [...***...] GE 
Capital Equity Investments, Inc. shall be issued a warrant to purchase 
117,000 shares of Series D Preferred Stock at $0.01 per share. In 
consideration for such additional warrant, GE Capital Equity Investments, 
Inc. agrees to (a) work with ImproveNet to assist it in obtaining rights for 
ImproveNet to receive a preferred choice of time slots in buying remnant 
advertising space from NBC, (b) place the "Find a Contractor" Hotlink on the 
homepage of at least three of the four strategic GE businesses (i.e. GE 
Lighting, GE Plastics, GE Fleet and GE Mortgage) and (c) include ImproveNet 
in the GE Advantage program.

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                                    ARTICLE V

                                 LICENSE GRANTS

     Section 5.1 LICENSE FOR GEA CONTENT AND GEA MARKS. During the term of 
this Agreement, and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, 
GEA hereby grants to ImproveNet, in conjunction with ImproveNet's activities 
pursuant to this Agreement, a non-exclusive, non-transferable and, pursuant 
to the terms of this Agreement, revocable right and license:

                    (a) to reproduce and publicly display the GEA Content on 
or from the ImproveNet System and on or from any co-branded pages (i.e., 
pages identified with both GEA Marks and ImproveNet Marks, or the names or 
descriptions of both GEA and ImproveNet) to End Users and Customers, in the 
manner specified in this Agreement or otherwise agreed to by the parties, and 
to distribute and transmit the GEA Content for the sole purpose of permitting 
End Users and Customers to view it from the ImproveNet System and co-branded 
pages;

                    (b) subject to GEA's prior written right (within its sole 
discretion) of approval, to reproduce and publicly display the GEA Content on 
or from any Internet site, other electronic platform, or computer system that 
is not exclusively controlled by ImproveNet, and to electronically distribute 
and transmit the GEA Content for the sole purpose of permitting End Users and 
Customers to view it from such approved sites, platforms, or systems; 
provided, however, ImproveNet agrees to obtain GEA's prior written consent if 
it intends to enter into a contract or an arrangement with a third party 
which could or would result by virtue of the proposed terms of the applicable 
contract or arrangement in less than full pages of GEA Content being pulled 
through to a third party's website or any material alteration of GEA Content;

                    (c) to display the GEA Marks in direct connection with 
GEA Content on or from the ImproveNet System website and on or from any 
co-branded pages (i.e., pages identified with both GEA Marks and ImproveNet 
Marks, or the names or descriptions of both GEA and ImproveNet) as provided 
in this Agreement and, subject to GEA's prior written right of approval, (in 
its sole discretion) to display the GEA Marks in direct connection with GEA 
Content on any Internet site, other electronic platform, or computer system 
that is not exclusively controlled by ImproveNet, and

                    (d) to modify the selection, arrangement, and look and 
feel of the GEA Content, only such that ImproveNet may determine what 
portions of the GEA Content will be incorporated into the ImproveNet System 
or the co-branded pages referred to above and how that content is arranged 
and displayed, provided that ImproveNet shall have no right to alter the 
wording or context of the portions of the GEA Content selected, without the 
prior written approval of GEA, in its sole discretion.

     Section 5.2 LIMITATIONS.

               (a) The use of the GEA Marks shall always be in connection 
with GEA Content, be with appropriate attributions displayed to End Users and 
Customers, and as otherwise agreed by the parties, provided that: (i) 
ImproveNet shall at all times use an appropriate trademark or service mark 
legend as GEA may from time to time specify with respect to any use of the 
GEA Marks; (ii) GEA may request that ImproveNet correct the appearance of any 
GEA Marks by giving ImproveNet seven (7) calendar days prior written notice; 
and (iii) ImproveNet shall not modify the GEA Marks or use them for any 
purpose other than as set forth above. ImproveNet shall not engage in any 
activity associated with the GEA Marks that, in GEA's sole judgement, 
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reputation of GEA, and ImproveNet shall take commercially reasonable steps to 
ensure that Customers do not do so. All uses of the GEA Marks hereunder shall 
inure only to the benefit of GE, including GEA.

               (b) ImproveNet shall use the GEA Content, the GEA Marks, and 
the GEA Technology (to the extent that the parties agree that ImproveNet may 
use the GEA Technology) in accordance with any and all standards, policies, 
and/or guidelines adopted by GEA; provided, however, that GEA agrees to 
deliver to ImproveNet a written copy of any such standards, policies and/or 
guidelines adopted by GEA and ImproveNet shall not be required to conform to 
such policies until fifteen (15) business days after receipt of such 
materials from GEA, and GEA shall have the right to proscribe any use of the 
GEA Content, the GEA Marks, and the GEA Technology pursuant to the exercise 
of the foregoing license that is not in accordance with any and all such 
standards, policies and/or guidelines.

     Section 5.3 NO UNAUTHORIZED USE. ImproveNet shall not:

                    (a) copy, use, display, distribute, or transfer the GEA 
Content, the GEA Marks, or the GEA Technology, except as expressly 
contemplated in this Agreement;

                    (b) create any derivative works based upon the GEA 
Technology; and

                    (c) reverse engineer, disassemble, or decompile the GEA 
Technology.

     Section 5.4 NO OTHER LICENSES. ImproveNet's rights in and to the GEA 
Content, the GEA Marks, and the GEA Technology shall be limited to those 
expressly granted in this Agreement. All other uses, reproduction, or display 
of the GEA Content, the GEA Marks, and the GEA Technology shall be subject to 
GEA's prior written approval, in GEA's sole discretion.

     Section 5.5 LICENSE REGARDING IMPROVENET MARKS. Subject to the terms and 
conditions of this Agreement, ImproveNet hereby grants to GEA a 
non-exclusive, non-transferable and, pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, 
revocable right and license to display ImproveNet Marks in links from any GEA 
websites to the ImproveNet System and in links to the ImproveNet System from 
any co-branded pages (i.e., pages identified with both GEA Marks and those of 
third parties, or with the names or descriptions of both GEA and third 
parties) hosted by GEA, and subject to the approval of ImproveNet (which 
shall not be unreasonably withheld), to display ImproveNet Marks in GEA 
marketing collateral. The use of ImproveNet Marks shall be with appropriate 
attributions displayed, and as otherwise agreed by the parties, provided 
that: (i) GEA shall at all times use an appropriate trademark or service mark 
legend as ImproveNet may from time to time specify with respect to any use of 
ImproveNet Marks; (ii) ImproveNet may request that GEA correct the appearance 
of any ImproveNet Marks by giving GEA seven (7) calendar days prior written 
notice; and (iii) GEA shall not modify ImproveNet Marks or use them for any 
purpose other than as set forth above. GEA shall not engage in any action 
associated with ImproveNet Marks that, in ImproveNet's sole judgment, 
adversely affects the good name, goodwill, image or reputation of ImproveNet. 
All uses of ImproveNet Marks hereunder shall inure to the benefit of 
ImproveNet. GEA's rights in and to ImproveNet Marks shall be limited to those 
expressly granted in this Agreement. All other uses, reproduction, or display 
of ImproveNet Marks shall be subject to ImproveNet's prior written approval.

     Section 5.6 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. Nothing in this Agreement 
shall be construed to transfer from one party to another the ownership of any 
property subject to Intellectual Property Rights, or any rights to use, 
reproduce, or exhibit such property except as provided in this Article V. 
Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing: (i) GEA Technology and GEA 
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Property Rights therein, are and will remain the sole and exclusive property 
of GEA and its licensors; (ii) the ImproveNet System and all Intellectual 
Property Rights therein will remain the sole and exclusive property of 
ImproveNet and its licensors.

                                   ARTICLE VI

                                FEES AND PAYMENTS

     Section 6.1 CUSTOMER REFERRAL FEES Shall be as provided in section 4.2 
hereof.

     Section 6.2 GEA PAYMENTS TO IMPROVENET. In consideration for the 
ImproveNet services set forth in Section 3.1 hereof, GEA will pay to 
ImproveNet, annually in advance, the sum of $[...***...] in l999, $[...***...]
in 2000 and $[...***...] in 2001. The first payment shall be due and payable 
within 30 days of the Effective Date and each subsequent payment shall be due 
and payable within 30 days of the anniversary date of the Effective Date.

     Section 6.3 IMPROVENET PAYMENTS TO GEA. In consideration for the GEA 
services provided in Section 3.2 hereof, ImproveNet will pay to GEA the sum 
of $[...***...] in l999, $[...***...] in 2000 and $[...***...] in 2001. The 
first payment shall be due and payable within 30 days of the Effective Date 
and each subsequent payment shall be due and payable within 30 days of the 
anniversary date of the Effective Date.

     Section 6.4 PAYMENTS. Disputes related to any payments due under this 
Agreement shall not constitute grounds for any party hereto to cease to 
perform any of its obligations under this Agreement and shall be handled in 
accordance with Article XI. Any payments not made when due shall accrue 
interest from the date due until the date paid at twelve percent (12%) per 
annum or, if less, the maximum per annum rate permitted by law.

     Section 6.5 TAXES. Each party shall be responsible for all taxes of any 
sort due on any fees received by that party pursuant to this Agreement.

     Section 6.6 TRANSACTION FEES. In the event GEA elects to utilize its 
relationship with ImproveNet to sell Covered Items to Customers or End-Users, 
whether directly or through GEA authorized intermediaries such as 
distributors or dealers, ImproveNet will not be entitled to any fees or 
payments other than as expressly set forth in this provision and in Article 
IV.

                                   ARTICLE VII

                PROPRIETARY INFORMATION, USAGE DATA AND PUBLICITY

     Section 7.1 PROTECTION. All Proprietary Information disclosed by a party 
hereto to any other party hereto in the course of performing under this 
Agreement or to which a party hereto gains access in connection with this 
Agreement shall be deemed to be the property of the disclosing party. The 
receiving party shall during the life of this Agreement: (i) receive such 
Proprietary Information in confidence; (ii) during the life of this Agreement 
and for two (2) years thereafter maintain the confidentiality of such 
Proprietary Information and not disclose such Proprietary Information to 
third parties (except for the receiving party's representatives, agents and 
contractors who have a need to know, are under a duty of non-disclosure, and 
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accord such Proprietary Information at least the same level of protection 
against unauthorized use and disclosure as the receiving party customarily 
accords its own information of a similar nature; (iii) use or permit the use 
of such Proprietary Information solely in accordance with the terms of this 
Agreement; and (iv) promptly notify the disclosing party in writing of any 
loss or unauthorized use or disclosure of or access to the disclosing party's 
Proprietary Information of which it becomes aware. The terms and conditions 
of this Agreement (as well as all information regarding the negotiation of 
this Agreement) shall be deemed to be the Proprietary Information of the 
parties hereto. The parties hereto shall each abide by and reproduce and 
include any restrictive legends or proprietary rights notices that appear in 
or on any Proprietary Information of the other parties hereto that it is 
authorized to reproduce. Each party shall also not remove, alter, cover or 
distort any trademark, trade name, copyright or other proprietary rights 
notices, legends, symbols or labels appearing in any Proprietary Information 
of any other party hereto. Confidentiality obligations and restrictions 
arising under this Section 7.1 shall continue to exist unless and until such 
Proprietary Information falls into one of the exclusions set forth in Section 
7.2 hereto, but in no event longer than three (3) years following the 
expiration or termination of this Agreement.

     Section 7.2 EXCLUSIONS. The restrictions on disclosure set forth above 
shall not apply when, and to the extent that the Proprietary Information: (i) 
is or becomes generally available to the public through no fault of the 
receiving party; (ii) was previously rightfully known to the receiving party 
free of any obligation to keep it confidential; (iii) is subsequently 
disclosed to the receiving party by a third party who may rightfully transfer 
and disclose such information without restriction and free of any obligation 
to keep it confidential; (iv) is independently developed by the receiving 
party or a third party without reference to the disclosing party's 
Proprietary Information and such disclosing party is able to document such 
independent development; or (v) is required to be disclosed by the receiving 
party as a matter of law, provided that the receiving party uses all 
reasonable efforts to provide the disclosing party with at least ten (10) 
days prior written notice of such disclosure; provided, further, ImproveNet 
shall be permitted to disclose this Agreement, without GEA's consent, and the 
Related Agreements (as defined in the Series D Preferred Stock Purchase 
Agreement entered into between the parties on the date hereof) publicly to 
the extent mandated by any applicable federal or state law or regulation.

     Section 7.3 DATA RIGHTS. All data generated through the ImproveNet 
System shall be the property of the originator, unless otherwise assigned. 
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, GEA acknowledges and agrees 
that ImproveNet may request and obtain all rights from Customers and/or 
Members using the system (including GEA) in order for ImproveNet to make use 
of aggregated data for forecasting or other commercial purposes. ImproveNet 
will protect the confidentiality of all GEA transactions. Assuming that GEA 
obtains appropriate Customer and/or End User authorization, GEA will have the 
right to use all data generated by and through its Customers or End-Users for 
Covered Items and may use such transaction data gathered by GEA (whether or 
not such transactions flow through the ImproveNet System) in any manner GEA 
deems appropriate.

     Section 7.4 SECURITY. ImproveNet will ensure the security of individual 
customer account, pricing, purchasing, and credit information and agrees not 
to share, sell, allow access to, or otherwise make available any such 
customer-related information supplied by GEA which GEA deems confidential, 
except on an aggregated basis pursuant to Section 7.3. GEA and ImproveNet 
agree to provide adequate security around the ImproveNet System, GEA Content 
and GEA Technology (to the extent utilized) and to protect proprietary system 
design, content, and functionality from unauthorized use or access by third 
parties.

     Section 7.5 PUBLIC STATEMENTS REGARDING AGREEMENT. The parties hereto 
shall jointly prepare a press release regarding the existence of this 
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parties acknowledge that each may have internal constraints that may affect 
the timing of issuance and the content of any such press releases. Subject to 
Section 7.2, unless required by law or to assert its rights under this 
Agreement, and except for disclosure on a "need to know basis" to its own 
employees and consultants, and its legal, investment, financial and other 
professional advisers and their respective representatives or agents on a 
confidential basis, each party shall not disclose the existence of or any of 
the terms of this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other 
party. The breach of this Section 7.5 by either GEA or ImproveNet, shall 
constitute a material breach of this Agreement and shall accord the 
non-disclosing party the immediate right to terminate this Agreement as 
provided in Section 11.2.

     Section 7.6 EQUITABLE RELIEF. The parties acknowledge that a breach of 
any portion of this Article VII would cause the non-disclosing party 
irreparable harm for which monetary damages would be inadequate. Accordingly, 
the non-disclosing party shall be entitled to seek injunctive or other 
equitable relief to remedy any threatened or actual breach of any portion of 
this Article VII by the other party.

                                  ARTICLE VIII

                          OTHER BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS

     Section 8.1 OTHER GE BUSINESSES. So long as (a) ImproveNet has not 
already established, or entered into discussion with a third party to 
establish a Founding Member for a major product category (as described in 
Section 3.3) as of the Effective Date, and (b) ImproveNet receives a list of 
GEA Affiliates in the building supply industry (such as GE Supply, GE 
Silicones, etc.) (collectively, the "GEA Affiliates"), ImproveNet will 
contact GEA Affiliates named on such list provided to ImproveNet within 
thirty (30) days of the receipt of such list and agrees not to establish a 
Founding Member relationship with any third party without speaking to the 
relevant GEA Affiliate first.

     Section 8.2 RELATIONSHIPS WITH THIRD PARTIES. Except for ImproveNet's 
obligations under Section 3.1 and 3.3 hereof, no provision of this Agreement 
shall be construed so as to preclude or limit a party (or its Affiliates) 
from: (i) creating or operating any other websites; (ii) maintaining any and 
all existing relationships and performing all existing agreements entered 
into prior to the Effective Date of this Agreement; or (iii) providing 
content, technology and other services to third parties; or (iv) with respect 
to GEA, entering into relationships with third parties with respect to 
services similar to the ImproveNet System.

                                   ARTICLE IX

                         REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

     Section 9.1 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF IMPROVENET. ImproveNet 
represents and warrants as follows, as of the Effective Date and for the term 
of this Agreement:

                    (a) The execution and delivery of this Agreement and 
compliance by ImproveNet with all provisions of this Agreement (i) are within 
the corporate power and authority of ImproveNet, and (ii) have been duly 
authorized by all requisite corporate proceedings on the part of ImproveNet.

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                    (b) The execution and delivery of this Agreement shall 
not conflict with or result in a material breach of the terms, conditions or 
provisions of, or give rise to a right of termination under, or constitute a 
default under, or result in any material violation of, the organizational 
documents of ImproveNet or any agreement, contract, instrument, order, 
judgment, decree, statute, law, rule or regulation to which ImproveNet is 
subject. Neither the execution and delivery of this Agreement nor the 
compliance with the terms and provisions hereof shall result in any violation 
of any franchise, certificate, license, permit, or other authorization 
necessary for the ownership, maintenance and operation by ImproveNet of the 
ImproveNet System.

                    (c) To the best of its knowledge, ImproveNet is in 
compliance in all material respects with all applicable federal, state and 
local laws and regulations and has obtained all licenses required or 
necessary for the conduct of the ImproveNet System. There are no claims, 
notices, civil, criminal or administrative actions, suits, hearings, 
investigations, inquiries or proceedings pending or threatened against 
ImproveNet with respect to the ImproveNet System.

                    (d) To the best of the its knowledge, ImproveNet owns, or 
has the right to use under valid and enforceable agreements, all of the 
Intellectual Property Rights related to the operation of the ImproveNet 
System. The operation of the ImproveNet System as presently conducted or 
proposed to be conducted by ImproveNet does not infringe or violate any 
Intellectual Property Rights of any other person, and ImproveNet has not 
received any charge, complaint, claim, demand or notice alleging any such 
infringement or violation. ImproveNet represents and warrants to GEA that (i) 
the technology as utilized by the ImproveNet System, and (ii) any material 
originated by ImproveNet or provided to GEA by ImproveNet (other than the GEA 
Content) ("ImproveNet Material") which is displayed on the ImproveNet System 
shall not (A) violate any criminal laws or any rights of any third parties, 
including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement or 
misappropriation of Intellectual Property Right or other proprietary or 
property right, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, invasion 
of privacy or rights of celebrity, violation of any anti-discrimination law 
or regulation or (B) contain any material that would constitute a criminal 
offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable 
local, state or federal law.

                    (e) All computer systems, software, and hardware used in 
the operation of the ImproveNet System are able to accurately process date 
data, including, calculating, comparing, and sequencing from, into and 
between the twentieth century (through year 1999), the year 2000 and the 
twenty-first century, including leap year calculations. ImproveNet is taking 
all commercially reasonable steps to assure that the ImproveNet System is not 
adversely and materially affected by Year 2000 or other date-related 
processing failures affecting the performance of its suppliers and business 
partners.

                    (f) The ImproveNet System will comport with reasonable 
commercial or industry standards, including standards for firewalls, 
antivirus protection, and system security.

                    (g) ImproveNet represents and warrants that it will 
fulfill the obligations defined in Exhibit A, Statement of Work, which sets 
forth a Risk Management Plan the execution of which GEA deems material to its 
decision to enter into this Agreement and related investment agreements with 
ImproveNet.

                    (h) In accordance with the particulars set forth in 
Exhibit B hereof, ImproveNet represents and warrants that it will carry 
sufficient third party liability insurance with an insurer and insurance 
arrangement acceptable to GEA to ensure its ability to fulfill its 
indemnification obligations to GEA and generally as required to meet its 
obligations for third party claims and dispute costs arising from or related 
to consumer and contractor interaction on the ImproveNet System.

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                    (i) In the event that GEA notifies ImproveNet that the 
ImproveNet System is failing to conform to any of the above warranties, 
ImproveNet, without charge, shall promptly and in no event more than thirty 
(30) days thereafter (or such longer period as GEA may agree to in writing) 
(the "Cure Period"), repair, replace or otherwise remedy the cause of such 
failure. The foregoing represents GEA's sole and exclusive remedy, and 
ImprovNet's sole and exclusive liability for any breach of the foregoing 
warranties; provided, however, that in the event that ImproveNet fails to 
cure any breach of warranty within the applicable Cure Period, GEA retains 
the right to obtain any and all remedies available to GEA at law or in equity.

     Section 9.2 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF GEA. GEA represents and 
warrants as follows, as of the Effective Date and for the term of this 
Agreement:

                    (a) The execution and delivery of this Agreement and 
compliance by GEA with all provisions of this Agreement (i) are within the 
corporate power and authority of GEA, and (ii) have been duly authorized by 
all requisite corporate proceedings on the part of GEA.

                    (b) The execution and delivery of this Agreement shall 
not conflict with or result in a breach of the terms, conditions or 
provisions of, or give rise to a right of termination under, or constitute a 
default under, or result in any violation of, the organizational documents of 
GEA or any agreement, contract, instrument, order, judgment, decree, statute, 
law, rule or regulation to which GEA is subject.

                    (c) GEA is in compliance in all material respects with 
all applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations and has 
obtained all licenses required or necessary for the provision of GEA Content 
or GEA Technology under this Agreement. There are no claims, notices, civil, 
criminal or administrative actions, suits, hearings, investigations, 
inquiries or proceedings pending or threatened against GEA with respect to 
the GEA Content or GEA Technology.

                    (d) GEA owns, or has the right to use under valid and 
enforceable agreements, all of the Intellectual Property Rights related to 
the GEA Technology and the GEA Content. GEA represents and warrants to 
ImproveNet that (i) GEA Technology, and (ii) the GEA Content which used with 
or displayed on the ImproveNet System shall not (A) violate any criminal laws 
or any rights of any third parties, including, but not limited to, such 
violations as infringement or misappropriation of Intellectual Property Right 
or other proprietary or property right, false advertising, unfair 
competition, defamation, invasion of privacy or rights of celebrity, 
violation of any anti-discrimination law or regulation, or any other right of 
any person or (B) contain any material that would constitute a criminal 
offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable 
local, state or federal law.

                    (e) All computer systems, software, and hardware used in 
the operation of the GEA Technology are able to accurately process date data, 
including, calculating, comparing, and sequencing from, into and between the 
twentieth century (through year 1999), the year 2000 and the twenty-first 
century, including leap year calculations. GEA is taking all commercially 
reasonable steps to assure that the GEA Technology is not adversely and 
materially affected by Year 2000 or other date-related processing failures.

                    (f) The GEA Technology will comport with reasonable 
commercial or industry standards as applicable, including standards for 
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                    (g) In the event that ImproveNet notifies GEA that the 
GEA System is failing to conform to any of the above warranties, GEA, without 
charge, shall promptly and in no event more than thirty (30) days thereafter 
(or such longer period as ImproveNet may agree to in writing) (the "GEA Cure 
Period"), repair, replace or otherwise remedy the cause of such failure. The 
foregoing represents ImproveNet's sole and exclusive remedy and GEA's sole 
and exclusive liability for any breach of any of the foregoing warranties; 
provided, however, that in the event GEA fails to cure any breach of warranty 
within the applicable GEA Cure Period, ImproveNet retains the right to obtain 
any and all remedies available to ImproveNet at law or in equity.

     Section 9.3 DISCLAIMER. OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS 
AGREEMENT, NO PARTY HERETO MAKES ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH 
RESPECT TO THE IMPROVENET SYSTEM, THE GEA CONTENT, THE GEA TECHNOLOGY, OR ANY 
OTHER TECHNOLOGY, CONTENT, OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, OR ANY OTHER 
INFORMATION, DATA, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, ACCURACY OR RESULTS OF USE, RIGHTS OR 
OTHER SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED 
WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND 
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY MAY 
NOT BE DISCLAIMED AS A MATTER OF APPLICABLE LAW, THE SCOPE AND DURATION OF 
SUCH WARRANTY SHALL BE THE MINIMUM PERMITTED UNDER SUCH LAW.

                                    ARTICLE X

                             LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

     OTHER THAN WITH RESPECT TO INDEMNIFICATION OBLIGATIONS UNDER SECTION 
12.1 OF ARTICLE XII, BREACH OF THE NONDISCLOSURE OBLIGATIONS UNDER ARTICLE 
VII, AND INSTANCES OF GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT, IN NO EVENT 
SHALL EITHER PARTY BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER UNDER THIS AGREEMENT FOR ANY FORM 
OF SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY 
KIND (WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE), EVEN IF INFORMED IN ADVANCE OF THE 
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING 
NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE.

                                   ARTICLE XI

                              TERM AND TERMINATION

     Section 11.1 TERM. This Agreement shall continue in force for three (3) 
years from and after the Effective Date, or longer if renewed by mutual 
written consent of the parties, or until the valid termination hereof as 
provided herein.

     Section 11.2 TERMINATION FOR CAUSE. ImproveNet and GEA shall each have 
the right to terminate this Agreement if: (i) the other party breaches any 
material term or condition of this Agreement and fails to cure such breach 
within thirty (30) days (or such longer period as the non-breaching party may 
agree to in writing, in its sole discretion) after receipt of written notice 
from the non-breaching party; (ii) the other party breaches the same material 
term or condition of this Agreement three (3) or more times during the same 
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in each instance as provided above and even if the party did, in fact, cure 
on any or all such three (3) occasions; (iii) the other party materially 
breaches this Agreement more than five (5) times during the same one year 
term, and was given notice and an opportunity to cure in each instance as 
provided above and even if the other party did, in fact, cure on any or all 
such five (5) occasions; (iv) the other party becomes the subject of a 
voluntary petition in bankruptcy or any voluntary proceeding relating to 
insolvency, receivership, liquidation, composition, or comparable proceeding 
or any assignment for the benefit of creditors; or (v) the other party 
becomes the subject of an involuntary petition in bankruptcy or any 
involuntary proceeding relating to insolvency, receivership, liquidation, 
composition, or comparable proceeding or any assignment for the benefit of 
creditors, if such petition or proceeding is not dismissed within ninety (90) 
days of filing.

     Section 11.3 TERMINATION IN THE EVENT OF CHANGE OF CONTROL. In the event 
of a Change of Control of ImproveNet, GEA may terminate this Agreement by 
providing ImproveNet with thirty (30) days written notice of such intent to 
terminate. For purposes of this Section 11.3, a "Change of Control" shall 
mean: (i) the consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation or 
sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of a 
party; or (ii) the acquisition by any individual, entity or group of 
beneficial ownership of a controlling interest in ImproveNet (as defined in 
Section 1.1(a) above); provided that a "Change of Control" does not include a 
reorganization of ImproveNet that does not result in a change in the 
effective control of ImproveNet or an initial public offering of ImproveNet's 
voting stock or an assignment or transfer of this Agreement that is permitted 
pursuant to Section 14.4.

     Section 11.4 SURVIVAL. All accrued and outstanding payment obligations 
hereunder, any remedies for breach of this Agreement, Articles VII, IX, X, 
XII, XIII and XIV, and Sections 5.6, 11.4 and 11.5 shall survive the 
termination and expiration of this Agreement; provided, that if any such 
provision explicitly sets for the duration for such survival, such term shall 
survive only for the period explicitly set forth therein.

     Section 11.5 RETURN OF PROPRIETARY INFORMATION UPON TERMINATION OR 
EXPIRATION OF AGREEMENT. Upon the termination or expiration of this 
Agreement, each party shall promptly return all materials subject to 
Intellectual Property Rights of the other party, all Proprietary Information 
of the other party, and other information, documents, manuals and other 
materials belonging exclusively to the other party, except as may be 
otherwise provided in this Agreement. Each party shall have the right to 
request, and the other party shall provide, written certification from an 
executive officer of the other party stating that all such material has been 
returned or destroyed.

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                                   ARTICLE XII

                                 INDEMNIFICATION

     Section 12.1 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INDEMNIFICATION.

                    (a) Each of GEA and ImproveNet, respectively, shall 
defend, indemnify and hold each other, and each other's Affiliates, partners, 
officers, employees, directors, agents, consultants, contractors, 
representatives, successors and assigns, as such, harmless from and against 
any third party claims, demands, liabilities, actions, judgments and 
expenses, including attorneys fees, ("Losses") which arise out of or result 
from any claim that such party does not have sufficient right, title or 
interest in any software, data, or any other materials used or supplied by 
such party in performance of such party's obligations under this Agreement 
that are subject to any Intellectual Property Rights (the "Protected 
Material") or that such Protected Material violates any Intellectual Property 
Right of any third party.

                    (b) In the event that any such claim is made against 
either GEA or ImproveNet, or in one of the parties' (the "Indemnifying 
Party") opinion is likely to be made against the other party (the 
"Indemnified Party"), such Indemnifying Party reserves the right, in its sole 
discretion, to avoid infringement by (i) procuring for the Indemnified Party 
the right to use the subject Protected 

Material, (ii) replacing the subject Protected Material with materials of 
equal or superior content and functionality, or (iii) to modify the subject 
Protected Material without materially and adversely affecting their content 
and functionality.

     Section 12.2 GENERAL INDEMNIFICATION. ImproveNet shall defend, indemnify 
and hold GEA and its Affiliates, officers, directors, agents, consultants and 
employees harmless from and against any and all Losses arising out of or 
related to ImproveNet's material breach of ImproveNet's obligations, 
representations, and warranties hereunder or any legal liability arising out 
of or relating to the ImproveNet System.

     Section 12.3 GENERAL INDEMNIFICATION. GEA shall defend, indemnify and 
hold ImproveNet and its Affiliates, officers, directors, agents, consultants 
and employees harmless from and against any and all Losses arising out of or 
related to GEA's material breach of GEA's obligations, representations, and 
warranties hereunder or any legal liability arising out of or relating to the 
GEA Technology.

     Section 12.4 INDEMNIFICATION PROCEDURES.

                    (a) Only claims for indemnification during the term of 
this Agreement and for one year following the termination of this Agreement 
shall be permitted under this Agreement. Any party claiming indemnification 
pursuant to this Agreement shall notify the indemnifying party within thirty 
(30) days after learning of the occurrence of any event (including, without 
limitation, the commencement of any audit by any taxing authority) that such 
party asserts is an indemnifiable event pursuant to this Agreement. If such 
event involves the claim of any third party and the indemnifying party 
confirms in writing its responsibility for such liability, if established, 
the indemnifying party shall be entitled to participate in and, to the extent 
it shall wish, assume control over (in which case the indemnifying party 
shall assume all expense with respect to) the defense, settlement, adjustment 
or compromise of such claim.

                           (b) The indemnified party shall have the right to 
employ separate counsel in any action or claim and to participate in the 
defense thereof at the expense of the indemnifying party (i) if the retention 
of such counsel has been specifically authorized by the indemnifying party, 
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counsel is retained because the indemnifying party does not notify the 
indemnified party within twenty (20) days after receipt of a claim notice 
that it elects to undertake the defense thereof. The indemnified party shall 
have the right to employ counsel at the indemnified party's own expense and 
to participate in such action or claim, including settlement or trial, so 
long as such participation does not substantially interfere in the 
indemnifying party's defense of such claim or action.

                    (c) The indemnifying party shall obtain the prior written 
approval of the indemnified party, not to be unreasonably withheld, before 
entering into any settlement, adjustment, or compromise of such claim or 
ceasing to defend against such claim, if pursuant to or as a result of such 
settlement, adjustment, compromise, or cessation, injunctive or other relief 
would be imposed against the indemnified party.

                    (d) If the indemnifying party does not assume control 
over the defense of such claim as provided in Section 12.3(a), the 
indemnified party shall have the right to defend the claim in such manner as 
it may deem appropriate at the cost and expense of the indemnifying party, 
and with the consent of the indemnifying party, not to be unreasonably 
withheld, to settle, adjust, or compromise such claim. The indemnified party 
may settle, adjust, or compromise any such claim without the consent of the 
indemnifying party if the indemnified party waives indemnification for such 
claim.

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                                  ARTICLE XIII

                               DISPUTE RESOLUTION

     Section 13.1 INFORMAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION.

                    (a) DISPUTES. Any dispute, controversy, claim or 
disagreement between or among any of the parties hereto arising from, 
relating to or in connection with this Agreement, any agreement, certificate 
or other document referred to herein or delivered in connection herewith, or 
the relationships of the parties hereunder or thereunder, including questions 
regarding the interpretation, meaning or performance of this Agreement, and 
including claims based on contract, tort, common law equity, statute, 
regulation, order or otherwise ("Dispute") shall be resolved in accordance 
with this Section 13.1. The parties agree that all disputes will involve 
interstate commerce in fact, and accordingly, the FAA applies and governs the 
arbitration.

                    (b) LEVEL 1 REVIEW. Upon written request of any party, 
each of GEA and ImproveNet shall appoint a designated representative familiar 
with the dealings among the parties hereto whose task it shall be to meet (by 
conference telephone call or in person at a mutually agreeable site) for the 
purpose of endeavoring to resolve such Dispute ("LEVEL 1 REVIEW"). The 
designated representatives shall meet as often as the parties reasonably deem 
necessary to discuss the Dispute and negotiate in good faith in an effort to 
resolve the Dispute without the necessity of any formal proceeding.

                    (c) LEVEL 2 REVIEW. If the Dispute cannot be resolved 
within the earlier of (i) fifteen (15) days of the first Level 1 Review 
meeting or (ii) such time as when either party gives the other notice of an 
impasse ("LEVEL 1 TERMINATION DATE"), an executive vice president (or a 
functional equivalent) of GEA and chief executive officer of ImproveNet shall 
meet (by conference telephone call or in person at a mutually agreeable site) 
within thirty (30) days after the Level 1 Termination Date for the purpose of 
resolving such unresolved Dispute ("LEVEL 2 REVIEW).

     Section 13.2 ARBITRATION.

                    (a) If the Dispute is not resolved within fifteen (15) 
days after the Level 2 Review and any extension of such periods as mutually 
agreed to by the parties, either party may submit the Dispute to binding 
arbitration in accordance with the following provisions of this Section 13.2.

                    (b) Any such arbitration shall be conducted by 
JAMS/Endispute in accordance with its current rules ("JAMS RULES"), before a 
single arbitrator selected under such JAMS Rules. The arbitration shall be 
conducted in Redwood City, California, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.

                    (c) Except as necessary in court proceedings to enforce 
this arbitration provision or an award rendered hereunder, or to obtain 
interim relief or as otherwise provided in Section 13.3 or pursuant to lawful 
compulsion, no party nor any arbitrator shall disclose the existence, content 
or results of any arbitration conducted hereunder without the prior written 
consent of the other party to the arbitration.

                    (d) To the extent that the relief or remedy granted in an 
award rendered by the arbitrator is relief or a remedy on which a court could 
enter judgment, a judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in any 
court having jurisdiction thereof. Otherwise, the award shall be binding 

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on the parties in connection with their obligations under this Agreement and 
in any subsequent arbitration or judicial proceedings among any of the 
parties.

                    (e) The parties shall share equally the cost of 
arbitration, including any required administrative fee, the compensation of 
the arbitrators and the costs of any neutral witnesses or proof produced at 
the direct request of the arbitrator. The arbitrator shall have the power to 
grant injunctive relief or any other relief allowed by the substantive law of 
the State of Delaware.

     Section 13.3 RECOURSE TO COURTS AND OTHER REMEDIES. Notwithstanding the 
Dispute resolution procedures contained in Sections 13.1 and 13.2, any party 
may apply to the appropriate division of the courts of the State of 
California having proper jurisdiction (i) to enforce this agreement to 
arbitrate, (ii) to decide issues of arbitrability, (iii) to seek interim 
injunctive relief so as to maintain the status quo until the arbitration 
award is rendered or the Dispute is otherwise resolved, (iv) to avoid the 
expiration of any applicable limitation period, (v) to preserve a superior 
position with respect to other creditors, (vi) to challenge or vacate any 
final judgment, award or decision of the arbitrator under the circumstances 
and to the effect allowed, (vii) to enforce the payment of undisputed 
amounts, or (vii) to seek post-arbitration injunctive relief for the 
protection of any Intellectual Property Rights of a party.

     Section 13.4 MISCELLANEOUS. It is the intent of the parties that 
reasonable discovery be allowed prior to the arbitration, in the discretion 
of the arbitrator, and as further provided by any applicable JAMS Rules. 
Disputes submitted shall be governed by the substantive law of the State of 
Delaware, not inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), 9 U.S.C. 
Section 1 et seq. A prevailing party may petition the arbitrator for reasonable 
attorneys' fees and expenses.

                                   ARTICLE XIV

                          GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

     Section 14.1 FORCE MAJEURE. Neither party shall be liable to the other 
for delays or failures in performance resulting from causes beyond the 
reasonable control of that party, including, but not limited to, acts of God, 
labor disputes or disturbances, material shortages or rationing, riots, acts 
of war, changes in governmental regulations, or casualties.

     Section 14.2 INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR RELATIONSHIP. The parties to this 
Agreement are independent contractors. Neither party is an agent, 
representative or partner of the other party. Neither party shall have any 
right, power or authority to enter into any agreement for or on behalf of, or 
to incur any obligation or liability for, or to otherwise bind, the other 
party. This Agreement shall not be interpreted or construed to create an 
association, joint venture or partnership between the parties or to impose 
any partnership obligation or liability upon either of the parties hereto.

     Section 14.3 SEVERABILITY. If any term, provision, or restriction of 
this Agreement and any appendix, exhibit, or schedule hereto is held by a 
court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or 
unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and 
restrictions of this Agreement and such exhibits shall remain in full force 
and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated. The 
parties will negotiate in good faith appropriate modifications to the 
invalidated provision or this Agreement to most nearly effect the intent of 
such provision.

     Section 14.4 ASSIGNMENT. Neither party shall assign, sublicense or 
otherwise transfer (voluntarily, by operation of law or otherwise) this 
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Agreement, without the prior written consent of the other party, except in 
the event of its merger, corporate reorganizations, or sale of all, or 
substantially all, of its assets, provided that such assignee (a) is not a 
direct competitor of the other party, (b) has financial assets equal to or 
greater than that of the assigning party, and (c) is bound by law or written 
agreements to all of the obligations of the assigning party under this 
Agreement. Any attempted assignment, sublicense or transfer in derogation 
hereof shall be null and void. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement shall 
be fully binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the 
parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns.

     Section 14.5 AMENDMENT AND MODIFICATION OF AGREEMENT. No change, 
amendment or modification of any provision of this Agreement or waiver of any 
of its terms shall be valid unless set forth in writing and signed by the 
party to be bound thereby.

     Section 14.6 CHOICE OF LAW AND VENUE. This Agreement shall be 
interpreted, construed and enforced in all respects in accordance with the 
laws of the State of Delaware.

     Section 14.7 WAIVER OF COMPLIANCE OR ENFORCEMENT. The failure of any 
party hereto to insist upon or enforce strict performance by the other party 
of any provision of this Agreement or to exercise any right under this 
Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent 
of such party's right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in 
that or any other instance; rather the same shall be and remain in full force 
and effect.

     Section 14.8 NOTICES. Any notice, approval, request, authorization, 
direction or other communication under this Agreement shall be given in 
writing, shall reference this Agreement and shall be deemed to have been 
delivered and given (a) when delivered personally; (b) three (3) business 
days after having been sent by registered or certified U.S. mail, return 
receipt requested, postage and charges prepaid, whether or not actually 
received; or (c) one (1) business day after deposit with a commercial 
overnight courier, with written verification of receipt. All communications 
shall be sent to the addresses set forth below or to such other address as 
may be designated by a party by giving written notice to the other party 
pursuant to this Paragraph 14.8.

         IF TO GEA:

         General Electric Appliances
         Appliance Park
         Louisville, KY 40225
         Attn.:  Vice-President and General Counsel

         IF TO IMPROVENET:

         ImproveNet, Inc.

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     Section 14.9 ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement constitutes the entire 
agreement among the parties hereto and supersedes any and all prior 
agreements or understandings among the parties with respect to the subject 
matter hereof. No party hereto shall be bound by, and each party hereto 
specifically objects to, any term, condition or other provision or other 
condition which is different from or in addition to the provisions of this 
Agreement (whether or not it would materially alter this Agreement) and which 
is proffered by any other party hereto in any correspondence or other 
document, unless the party to be bound thereby specifically agrees to such 
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understand and agree that the main body of this Agreement, and all the terms 
and conditions contained herein, shall govern and take precedence over any 
inconsistent terms and conditions (including inconsistent choice of law or 
forum provisions) that are or may be contained in those certain ancillary 
agreements attached as Exhibits hereto, including by way of example not 
limitation, Exhibit B (Founding Member Agreement) and Exhibit E (Services 
Agreement). The fact that said ancillary agreements may be executed 
subsequent to this Agreement shall not alter the intent of this provision. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, GEA shall in all instances be accorded terms 
and conditions in such ancillary agreements at least as favorable as accorded 
other Founding Members.

     Section 14.10 COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in one or 
more counterparts, all of which shall be considered one and the same 
agreement, and shall become effective when one or more of the counterparts 
have been signed by each party and delivered to the other parties, it being 
understood that all parties need not sign the same counterpart.

                                   ARTICLE XV

ImproveNet agrees for a period of 60 days following the Effective Date of 
this Agreement not to engage in active negotiations with other parties in 
order to allow GE Warranty Management Inc. the opportunity to negotiate a 
business agreement with ImproveNet to offer warranty products and services 
for Covered Items through the ImproveNet System. The specific terms and 
conditions of such an arrangement, if any, would be in the subject of a 
separate agreement.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each party hereto has caused this Agreement to 
be executed on its behalf as of the date first above written.

                                 IMPROVENET, INC.


                                 By: /s/ Ronald B. Cooper
                                    -------------------------------

                                 Name: Ronald B. Cooper
                                      -----------------------------

                                 Title: President and CEO
                                       ----------------------------


                                 GE Appliances, on behalf of

                                 GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY


                                 By: /s/ Smith W. Holland
                                    -------------------------------

                                 Name: Smith Holland
                                      -----------------------------

                                 Title: General Manager Business Development
                                       -------------------------------------


                                 GE CAPITAL EQUITY INVESTMENTS, INC.


                                  By: /s/ Brian S. Graff
                                     -------------------------------

                                  Name: Brian S. Graff
                                       -----------------------------

                                  Title: Vice President
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                                    EXHIBIT A:  STATEMENT OF WORK

ImproveNet, Inc. Risk Management Plan




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         A.       MANAGING CONSUMER RISK

                  1. On-line Guidelines and Practices
-    Clear (but user-friendly) policy statement: ImproveNet is providing public      Draft By closing (Implemented  
     service advice only, not paid advice which consumer's are intended to rely      within 90 days)                
     on in choosing a contractor.                                                    
-    Consumers would be encouraged to consult a competent lawyer regarding           Draft By closing (Implemented  
     contracts, permits, and other necessary job documentation and their             within 90 days)                
     insurance agent regarding the contractor's and their own insurance              
     coverage.
-    ImproveNet would affirmatively disclaim consequential, incidental, and
     punitive damages.
-    ImproveNet would complete a legal survey to determine the exact form and        Draft By closing (Implemented  
     enforceability of such a disclaimer in all states in which ImproveNet will      within 90 days)                
     do business.                                                                    

                                                                                        
                                                                                     Post-closing (within 90 days)
                  2. Consumer Waiver of Litigation in Favor of Arbitration
-    In the event of any dispute with ImproveNet arising from or related to          
     advice provided, consumers would affirmatively waive their rights to
     judicial recourse (i.e., jury trial) in favor of mandatory arbitration. For     Post-closing (within 90 days)  
     small claims (under $2,500), the BBB might be used; larger claims would be
     referred to either JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service) or CPR
     (Center for Public Resources). 
-    This would be done initially in as user-friendly a manner as possible with      
     detailed terms and conditions provided later in the process.         

                  3. Affirmative Consumer Acceptance of Disclaimer and               Post-closing (within 90 days)  
                     Arbitration
-    Consumers would have to "click" on-line their acceptances of both the
     Post-closing (within 90 days) disclaimer and arbitration.
-    Consumers would be sent a prepared set of terms and conditions via mail or
     e-mail early in the process.                                                    Post-closing (within 90 days)  
-    ImproveNet should complete a legal survey to confirm enforceability of this
     approach.                                                                       Post-closing (within 90 days)  

                  4. Third Party Warranty                                            Post-closing (within 90 days)  
-    Upon job completion, ImproveNet would encourage consumers to evaluate third
     Post-closing (within 90 days) party warranty coverage for work performed,
     explaining the benefits of doing so.
-    ImproveNet would make available to consumers the names of possible home         Post-closing (within 90 days)  
     warranty providers

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         B.       MANAGING CONTRACTOR RISK

                  1. Intensify Screening Techniques. 

-    Develop alternatives to formal licensing data for key large states with no      Post-closing (rep & warranty) 
     licensing requirements (e.g., NY, Illinois, Pa.). Options include
     professional designations, trade or industry group certifications.
-    In states with no licensing requirements, conduct a more thorough review of     Post-closing (rep & warranty) 
     contractor insurance and referrals.
-    Subscribe to a national "watch" service that provides an alert about            Post-closing (within 90 days)
     contractors which get into legal, regulatory or financial trouble.
                  2. Strengthen ImproveNet's Contractor Agreement                    
-    Add a disclaimer for consequential, incidental and punitive damages.            Post-closing (within 90 days)
-    Revise the reps and warranties under the "Performance" section to include       Draft By closing (Implemented
     (i ) a "best in class" standard of care (ie "best efforts consistent with       within 90 days)              
     the highest prevailing industry standards), and (ii) a representation           
     regarding the solvency and sufficiency of assets and insurance adequacy
-    Add a mandatory mediation/arbitration clause in lieu of litigation.
                                                                                     Draft By closing (Implemented
                                                                                     within 90 days)              

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         C.       NATIONAL CLAIMS MANAGEMENT

                  1. To ensure uniformity of claims management practices,            Post-closing ("best efforts")
                     ImproveNet would set up an initial program to manage
                     contracts, monitor claims, and oversee dispute resolution.
                     This would include appointing national counsel to supply
                     local attorneys with a standard prepared package to support
                     the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) process.
                  2. Third Party Insurance:
-    ImproveNet would evaluate what levels of insurance are practicable and          Post-closing ("good faith
     sensible for its contractors in any given region of the country, and would      undertaking")            
     then monitor to ensure that coverage levels are maintained, and that            
     insurance certificates are duly issued for ImproveNet.
-    ImproveNet would work with insurance partner, possibly AllState, to develop     By closing
     low-cost standardized contractor insurance program (including making            
     ImproveNet as insured in all instances.                                         

                  3. First Party Insurance: ImproveNet would, together with its
                     equity investors, including GE, determine appropriate
                     coverage levels for ImproveNet in view of potential risks.

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