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Employment Agreement - Netgateway and Luis Marcelo Povolo

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                             EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

     THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made and entered into as
of the 18th day of November, 1998, by and between NETGATEWAY, a Nevada
Corporation (together with its subsidiaries, successors and assigns, the


     A. UniNet has developed and is the sole owner of a computer software
program used by Shopping Planet and UniNet. The program is a small business
operating system that includes inventory management, purchasing management,
order fulfillment, order status, commission calculator, Web-based order
processing and payment processing (the "SOFTWARE").

     B. Concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, the Company
and UniNet have entered into an agreement under which the Company has agreed,
subject to the terms and conditions thereof, to acquire the Software;

     C. Prior to the date of this Agreement, the Employee has served as a
senior programmer for Pinamar Corporation, doing business as Shopping Planet
("SHOPPING PLANET") and UniNet Imaging, Inc. ("UNINET") and has been the
chief architect of the Software described below;

     D. Employee is not a United States citizen and is currently allowed
in the United States pursuant to an H-1 Visa and it will be necessary for
Employee to apply for a change of company to update his Visa ("RESIDENCY

     E. The commencement of employment under this Agreement is contingent
upon the successful completion of application to change Residence Status and
the reasonable assurance that Employee will be able to remain in the United
States for the three (3) year term of this Agreement.


     F. Concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, Company is
purchasing the Software from UniNet, a company in which Employee has an
ownership interest. It is acknowledged and understood that the Covenant Not
to Compete provisions set forth herein are given by Employee as additional
consideration for the purchase of the Software by Company from UniNet.

     G. The Company desires to employee the Employee and to enter into
this Agreement embodying the terms of such employment and the Employee
desires to accept such employment and to enter into this Agreement.


     NOW, THEREFORE, on the basis of the foregoing recitals and in
consideration of the premises and mutual covenants contained herein and for
other good and valuable consideration, the Company and the employee
(individually a "PARTY" and together the "PARTIES") agree as follows.


        1.1 "AFFILIATE" shall mean any person or entity controlling,
controlled by or under common control with the Corporation.

        1.2 "BASE SALARY" shall mean the salary provided for in Section 3 of
this Agreement or any increased salary (a) granted to the Employee by the
Board, or (b) pursuant to the provisions of Section 3.

        1.3 "BOARD" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

        1.4 "CAUSE" shall mean (a) the Employee is convicted of a felony
involving moral turpitude, or (b) the Employee is carrying out his duties
under this Agreement, is guilty of continued willful gross neglect or
continued willful gross misconduct resulting, in either case, in material
economic harm to the Company, unless such act, or failure to act, was
believed by the Employee in good faith to be in the best interests of the
Company or any Affiliate.


        1.5 "COMPANY" shall mean NetGateway, Inc., together with its
subsidiaries, successors and assigns.

        1.6 "DISABILITY" shall mean the Employee's inability to render, for a
period of six consecutive months, full and effective services hereunder by
reason of permanent mental or physical disability, whether resulting from
illness, accident or otherwise; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that in no event will the
Employee be considered disabled for the purposes of this Agreement unless he
is deemed disabled pursuant to the Company's long-term disability plan and
the Special LTD Policy.

        1.7 "GROSS REVENUE" shall mean all gross sales proceeds and other
gross income that is earned, accrued or received by the Company or any
Affiliate during any specified period.

        1.8 "TERM OF EMPLOYMENT" shall mean, initially, the period specified
in subsection 2.2 below, provided that such initial Term of Employment shall
automatically be extended thereafter for successive 12 month periods if
neither Party has advised the other in writing at least 12 months prior to
the end of the then current Term of Employment that such Term of Employment
shall not be extended for an additional 12 month period.


        2.1 EMPLOYMENT ACCEPTED. The Company hereby employs the Employee, and
the Employee hereby accepts employment with the Company, for the Term of
Employment, in the position(s) and with the duties and responsibilities set
forth below, and upon such other terms and conditions as are hereinafter

        2.2 INITIAL TERM OF EMPLOYMENT. The initial term of employment shall
commence upon the date of this Agreement and shall terminate upon the close
of business on 3rd anniversary of the date of this Agreement.

        2.3 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. During the Term of Employment, the
Employee shall be employed as an Application Architect by the Company or one
of its subsidiaries. The Employee in carrying out his duties under this
Agreement shall report to such


officers or managers as the Company shall from time to time designate. During
the Term of Employment, the Employee shall devote his full business time and
attention to the business and affairs of the Company and shall use his best
efforts, skills and abilities to promote the Company's interests.

     3. SALARY

        3.1 BASE SALARY. During the Terms of Employment, the Employee shall
be entitled to receive a Base Salary payable no less frequently than in equal
semi-monthly installments at an annualized rate of Sixty Thousand Dollars
($60,000,000) per year.

        3.2 EQUITY. In addition to the Base Salary, the Employee shall
receive as additional salary, stock options with an equity component valued
at Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000,000)(the "EQUITY PORTION"). The Equity
Portion for any year shall be determined at the beginning of the year as
follows. The average closing price for the NetGateway stock over the five (5)
days immediately preceding the commencement of employment shall be determined
(the "AVERAGE PRICE"). For these purposes, only days in which stock is
actually traded shall be counted. The exercise price for Employee's options
will then be set at one-half (1/2) the Average Price and the difference
between the exercise price and the Average price will be determined and shall
be referred to herein as the "MARGIN AMOUNT." The amount of options to be
granted will be determined by dividing the Equity Portion by the Margin
Amount and rounding the result off to the next highest whole number to avoid
options for fractional shares. The amount of options so determined shall be
earned by and issued to Employee throughout the year on a monthly basis.

     4. EMPLOYMENT BENEFIT PROGRAMS. During the Term of Employment, the
Employees shall be entitled to participate in all employee benefit programs
made available to the Company's Employees or salaried employees generally, as
such programs may be in effect from time to time, including, without
limitation, pension and other retirement plans, profit sharing plans, group
life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance,
hospitalization, surgical, major medical coverage, long-term disability, sick
leave (including salary continuation


arrangements), vacations, holidays and other employee benefit programs
sponsored by the Company, subject to any limitations imposed by applicable
Canadian or U.S. law.


        5.1 EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT. During the Term of Employment, the Employee
shall be entitled to receive reimbursement by the Company for all reasonable,
out-of-pocket expenses incurred by him in performing services under this
Agreement, provided, Employee obtains the prior written approval of the
Company to such expenditures.

        5.2 VACATIONS. During the Term of Employment, the Employee shall also
be entitled to vacation time of at least 2 weeks per year, such time to
accrue ratably throughout the year.


        6.1 TERMINATION. In the event of the Employee's employment is
terminated for any reason, the Employee shall be entitled to:

            (a) such portion of the Base Salary as has been earned but not
paid on the date of termination;

            (b) any bonus awarded but not yet paid;

            (c) reimbursement for expenses incurred but not paid prior to
such termination of employment;

            (d) any stock or stock options accrued and vested but not yet
paid on the date of termination;

            (e) in the case of death, the Employee's rights to other
compensation and benefits as may be provided in applicable plans and programs
of the Company shall be determined according to the terms and provisions of
such plans and programs.

        6.2 TERMINATION BY THE COMPANY FOR CAUSE. In the event the Company
terminated the Employee's employment for Cause, the Employee shall be given
written notice that the Company intends to terminate his employment for
Cause. Such written notice shall specify


the particular act or acts, or failure to act, which is or are the basis for
the decision to so terminate the Employee's employment for cause. The
Employee shall be given the opportunity within 30 days of the receipt of such
notice to meet with the Board to defend such act or acts, or failure to act,
and the Employee shall be given 30 days after such meeting to correct such
act or failure to act. Upon failure of the Employee, within 30 days, to
correct such act or failure to act, the Employee's employment by the Company
shall automatically be terminated under this Section for Cause.

     Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, if, following a
termination of the Employee's employment by the Company for Cause based upon
the conviction of the Employee for a felony, such conviction is overturned on
appeal, the Employee shall be entitled to the payments and the economic
equivalent of the benefits he would have received if his employment had been
Terminated Without Cause.

termination of employment by the Employee on his own initiative other than
(i) a termination due to Disability, (ii) a termination due to the expiration
of the Term of Employment. Such a termination shall not be deemed a breach of
this Agreement and shall entitle the Employee to all of the rights and
benefits to which he would be entitled in the event of a termination for


        7.1 GENERAL. The Company agrees that if the Employee is made a party
or is threatened to be made a party to any action, suit or proceeding,
whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (a "PROCEEDING"), by
reason of the fact that he is or was a director or officer of the Company or
is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director, officer,
member, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint
venture, trust or other enterprise, including service with respect to
employee benefit plans, whether or not the basis of such Proceeding is
alleged action in an official capacity as a director, officer, member,
employee or agent while service as a director, officer, member, employee or
agent, he shall be


indemnified and held harmless by the Company to the fullest extent authorized
by California law, as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, against
all expense, liability and loss (including attorneys' fees, judgments, fines,
ERISA excise taxes or penalties and amounts paid or to be paid in settlement)
reasonably incurred or suffered by the Employee in connection therewith.

        7.2 NON-EXCLUSIVITY OF RIGHTS. The right to indemnification and the
payment of expenses incurred in defending a Proceeding in advance of its
final disposition conferred in this Section shall not be exclusive of any
other right which the Employee may have or hereafter may acquire under any
statute, provision of the certificate of incorporation or by-laws of the
Company, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or


        8.1 NON-COMPETE. During the Term of Employment and for one (1) year
thereafter, the Employee shall not, directly or indirectly, except when
acting on behalf of the Company or on behalf of any affiliate of the Company,
engage in any business whether as an employee, consultant, partner,
principal, agent, representative or stockholder (other than as a stockholder
of less than a ten percent equity interest) or in any other corporate or
representative capacity, if it involves::

            (a) business to business internet commerce in the Southern
California area (the "NON-COMPETE AREA"). For purposes hereof, Southern
California shall mean any area in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

            (b) rendering services or advice pertaining to business to
business Internet Commerce to, or on behalf of, any person, firm or
corporation in the Non-Compete Area; or

            (c) engaging in, or rendering services or advice pertaining to
any other line of business that the Company was actively conducting or
actively considering during the Term of Employment in competition with the
Company in the Non-Compete Area.


The parties acknowledge that Employee currently holds and will continue to
hold after the commencement of the term of this Agreement, an interest in
Pinamar Corporation and UniNet Imaging, Inc.

          8.2 NON-ASSISTANCE; NON-DIVERSION. The Employee agrees that for the
period described in subparagraph 8.1 (a) above, except when acting on behalf
of the Company or any affiliate of the Company, he shall not:

               (a) assist any other entity in eCommerce business or Internet
     commerce or training business (the "RELEVANT BUSINESSES") or any other
     line of business that the Company was actively conducting or was actively
     considering during the Term of Employment in the Non-Compute Area;

               (b) take any action to divert any Relevant Businesses business
     from the Company or any business which was under active consideration by
     the Company during the Term of Employment; or

               (c) induce customers, agents, franchisees or other persons under
     contract or franchise or otherwise doing business with the Company, to
     terminate, reduce or alter business with or from the Company.

          8.3 NON-SOLICITATION. The Employee agrees that for the Term of
Employment and for the period described in subsection 9.1 above, except when
acting on behalf of the Company or any affiliate of the Company, he shall not
induce any persons in the employment of the Company to (a) terminate such
employment, (b) accept employment with anyone other than the Company or an
affiliate of the Company or (c) interfere with the business of the Company in
any material manner.

          8.4 SURVIVAL. The Employee agrees that the provisions of this Section
shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the termination of
the Employee's employment.


          9.1 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. The Employee shall not during the
Term of


Employment or for a period of one year thereafter, without the prior written
consent of the Company, divulge, disclose or make accessible to any other
person, firm, partnership or corporation confidential information except while
employed by the Company in the business of and for the benefit of the Company
or when required to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction.

          9.2 NOTES, MEMORANDA AND OTHER ITEMS. Except as may be otherwise
consented to in writing by the Company, the Employee shall proffer to an
appropriate officer of the Company, at the termination of his employment, all
memoranda, diaries, notes, records, cost information, customer lists,
marketing plans and strategies, and any other documents relating or referring
to any Confidential Information made available to the Employee by the Company
in his possession at such time.

     10. EFFECT OF AGREEMENT ON OTHER BENEFITS. Nothing in this Agreement
shall curtail the Employee's entitlement to full participation in the Employee
compensation, employee benefit and other plans or programs in which senior
Employees of the Company are eligible to participate.

    11. BENEFICIARIES/REFERENCES. The Employee shall be entitled to select
(and change) a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive any compensation or
benefit payable hereunder following the Employee's death, and may change such
election, in either case by giving the Company written notice thereof. In
the event of the Employee's death or a judicial determination of his
incompetence, reference to this Agreement to the Employee shall be deemed,
where appropriate, to refer to his beneficiary, estate or other legal
representative. Any reference to the masculine gender in this Agreement shall
include where appropriate, the feminine.

     12. SURVIVORSHIP. The respective rights and obligations of the Parties
hereunder shall survive any termination of this Agreement to the extent
necessary to the intended preservation of such rights and obligations. The
provisions of this Section are in addition to the survivorship provisions of
any other section of this Agreement.


     13. REPRESENTATION. The Company represents and warrants that it is
fully authorized and empowered to enter into this Agreement and that the
performance of its obligations under this Agreement will not violate any
agreement between the Company and any other person, firm or organization.

     14. ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement contains the entire agreement
between the Parties concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes all
prior agreements, understandings, discussions, negotiations and undertakings,
whether written or oral, between the Parties with respect thereto.

     15. ASSIGNABILITY; BINDING NATURE. This Agreement shall be binding upon
and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their respective successors, heirs
and assigns. No rights or obligations of the Company under this Agreement may
be assigned or transferred by the Company except that such rights or
obligations may be assigned or transferred pursuant to a merger or
consolidation in which the Company is not the continuing entity, or the sale
of liquidation of all or substantially all of the assets of the
Company, provided that the assignee or transferee is the successor to all or
substantially all of the assets of the Company and such assignee or
transferee assumes the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company, as
contained in this Agreement, either contractually or as a matter of law.

    16. AMENDMENT OR WAIVER. No provision in this Agreement may be amended or
waived unless such amendment or waiver is agreed to in writing, signed by the
Employee. No waiver by the Employee of any breach by the other Party of any
condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other Party
shall be deemed a waiver of a similar or dissimilar condition or provision at
the same or any prior or subsequent time.

     17. SEVERABILITY. In the event that any provision or portion of this
Agreement, except Section 7, shall be determined to be invalid or
unenforceable for any reason, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions
of this Agreement shall be unaffected thereby and shall remain in full force
and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law. If Section 8 is determined
to be invalid


or unenforceable for any reason, in whole or in part, the Employee may
terminate his employment with the Company and he shall immediately be
released by the Company from any obligations or duties under this Agreement and
the Company shall immediately be released by the Employee from any
obligations or duties under this Agreement.

    18. HEADING. The headings of the sections contained in this Agreement are
for convenience only and shall not be deemed to control or affect the meaning
or construction of any provision of this Agreement.

     19. NOTICES. Any notice given to either Party shall be in writing and
shall be deemed to have been given when delivered personally or sent by
certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, duly
addressed to the Party concerned at the address indicated below or to such
changed address as such Party may subsequently give notice of:

If to the Company:

300 Oceangate, Ste. 500
Long Beach, CA 90802
Attn: Donald M. Corliss, Jr.
(Fax: (562) 308-0021)

With a required copy to:

Nida & Maloney, P.C.
800 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(Fax: (805) 568-1955)

If to the Employee:

With a copy to:

     20. GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and
interpreted in accordance with the laws of California without reference to
principles of conflict of laws.


    21. HEADINGS. The headings of the section contained in this Agreement are
for convenience only and shall not be deemed to control or affect the meaning
or construction of any provision of this Agreement.

     22. COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in any number of
counterparts and any party hereto may execute any such counterpart, each of
which when executed and delivered shall be deemed to be an original, and all
of which counterparts taken together shall constitute but one and the same

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of
the date first written above.


                                       a Nevada corporation

                                       By: /s/ DONALD M. CORLISS, JR.
                                           Name: Donald M. Corliss, Jr.
                                           Title: President


                                       /s/ LUIS MARCELO POVOLO
                                       LUIS MARCELO POVOLO