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One of Britain's brightest Internet stars -- responsible for running hugely successful Lastminute.com -- is not motivated by money. Martha Lane-Fox, 26, said today: "If I got out of bed in the morning for the money I'd be a very sad person." A sentiment expressed by countless other gazillionaires over the years and one which the rest of us humble wage-slaves can only aspire to. Lane-Fox was speaking at an Intel-sponsored forum on e-commerce at a top hotel in swanky Mayfair, London. Dressed in a shocking pink knitted pullover, combat fatigues and with her blonde hair tied up out of the way -- in colourful comparison to the other grey suits taking part -- the 26-year-old e-ntrepreneur confirmed that Lastminute.com was set to float in the first quarter next year. The twentysomething fat kitten dismissed claims that she'll be worth £500 million when the company hits the stock market in 2000 as just media hype. "We are a new media retailer. We're trying to facilitate something you can't do online," she said. Lastminute.com offers gifts, flights, holidays online at discount prices and, as its name suggests, at short notice. "We're even able to sell and deliver presents on Christmas Eve," said the 26-year-old former head of network development at Carlton Digital Channels. She said that despite launching Lastminute.com in Germany and France the British Net company was continually looking to enter other markets. ® Related Story Misdials report Lastminute.com glitch

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