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DrugStore.com goes live--kind of

The e-commerce start-up opens its Web site--with scant information about its much-anticipated launch.

Jeff Pelline Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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Jeff Pelline
DrugStore.com, backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has opened a site on the Web--albeit it with scant information about the anticipated launch of the online drugstore.

"Welcome to DrugStore.com," the site reads. "This site is currently under construction, so please keep watch and return often."

DrugStore.com lists job openings for a program manager, software test engineer, Web site production, and software development engineer. The site also asks Netizens to send email if they wish "to be notified of the DrugStore.com launch."

As reported, Peter Neupert, who recently left Microsoft after playing a key role in its Internet and cable strategies, has landed a chief executive post with Drugstore.com.

"We're out building a business. The first thing you do is hire people," Neupert said today. These include some other former Microsoft workers, such as Suzan Fine Delbenne as vice president of marketing, he said. Neupert would not discuss the time table for launching the company, except to say, "We're getting closer." He said he could provide more information in "a couple of months."

KPCB partners John Doerr and Brook Byers both were appointed to Drugstore.com's board. Neupert, who spent 11 years at Microsoft, will continue to operate from Seattle, where Drugstore.com will be headquartered.

KPCB also backed Amazon.com, another e-commerce provider. The much-touted online venture has focused on books but recently has expanded into other markets, including music.