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Tribe.net Releases List of '25 Most Interesting People You Never Heard Of'

Online Destination Makes It Easy to Tell the World About Yourself

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Where on the Web would you find a man who makes fine art drawings with an Etch-A-Sketch, a Medieval theme park developer in Ohio, a travel agent specializing in travel via bio-diesel fuel, a podcasting pioneer from Phoenix, a ballerina-turned-general-contractor, a San Francisco woman with a mean "coin shimmy solo" and a former New York mythology student who is now a Bible Belt feminist?

Answer: on Tribe.net. All of these individuals have been named to the Tribe 25 for 2005.

Tribe.net, a company whose backers include Knight Ridder, The Washington Post and Mayfield Venture Capital, announced today the Tribe 25, a list of the 25 most interesting people that chances are you've never heard of.

Tribe is a free online destination that helps local people connect with each other based on shared interests. So it asked its users to identify people across the country who were most interesting based on their profession, a particular talent, knowledge or skill but who haven't received much national attention, at least as of yet. The result? A list of incredibly diverse individuals with a broad range of interesting and sometimes wacky talents.

It's easy to get to know the Tribe 25 using the Tribe site, since Tribe helps you tell the world about yourself. Each member of the Tribe 25 has a Tribe profile, which lets you share blogs, photos, recommendations, and even existing content you may have someplace else on the Web besides Tribe.

"Whether it's sharing your thoughts, pictures of your latest exploits, a tip on a new local dive or your favorite RSS feed," said Jan Gullett, CEO of Tribe, "you can use your Tribe profile to show the world just how special you are."

The list of the Tribe 25 can be viewed online at http://www.tribe.net/25.

Tribe's 25 Most Interesting People You Never Heard Of:

Aaron Axelsen New Music Guru
Albert Kaufman Community Activist
Angelo Sosa Chef
Anton Schwartz Jazz Saxophonist
Arcadia Maximo General Contractor
B.J. Collins Christian Country Rocker
Bob Shipman Community Activist
Brian & Jolie Deninger Alternative Travel
Carolyn West Comic Actress
Charles Ellik Poet & Poetry Slam Producer
Chris Iverson Jet Skier Pro & Entrepreneur
Dhamaal Collective South Asian Electronica
Diane Glass Journalist
Donnell Alexander Author
Double Dutchess Jump Rope Performers
Gary Santoro Podcasting Pioneer
James Anderson III Real Estate Developer
Kid Beyond Beatboxer
Michael McNevin Etch-a-Sketch Artist
Norm Dibble Artist
Nunzio Esposito Graphic Designer
Oliver Wang Hip Hop Journalist
Scissors for Lefty Hot Band
Suhaila Salimpour Belly Dancer & Instructor
Will Franken Comedian

Tribe.net (www.tribe.net) is a free online community that helps local people connect with each other based on shared interests. Tribe.net has local versions available in 40 cities, with the most popular markets being San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. By offering opportunities for advertising and lead generation through classifieds, Tribe offers marketers the ability to target specific demographics and consumers with interests related to particular products or services. This makes Tribe a highly effective grassroots marketing vehicle. Founded in 2003, Tribe uses patented technology to connect hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the U.S. The company's investors include Mayfield Venture Capital, Knight Ridder, Inc., and The Washington Post Company.

Source: Tribe.net

CONTACT: Steve Honig of The Honig Company, Inc., +1-310-246-1801,

Web site: http://www.tribe.net/

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