MicroStrategy Incorporated
MICROSTRATEGY INC (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 06/28/2001 15:04:24)

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June 28, 2001

Dear MicroStrategy Stockholder:

You are cordially invited to our 2001 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Monday, July 16, 2001, beginning at 9:00 a.m., local time, at the Marriott Dulles Airport, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166. This will be MicroStrategy's third Annual Meeting of Stockholders since our initial public offering in June 1998.

The enclosed notice of annual meeting sets forth the matters that will be presented at the meeting, which are described in more detail in the enclosed proxy statement. The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote "FOR" these proposals.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Very truly yours,

Michael J. Saylor Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer


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1861 International Drive McLean, Virginia 22102

Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be Held on Monday, July 16, 2001

The Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") of MicroStrategy Incorporated, a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), will be held at the Marriott Dulles Airport, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166 on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 9:00 a.m., local time, to consider and act upon the following matters:

1. To elect eight (8) directors for the next year;

2. To approve the Amended and Restated 1999 Stock Option Plan to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under the plan from 11,000,000 to 23,500,000 shares;

3. To approve the Amended and Restated 1997 Stock Option Plan for French Employees to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under the plan from 600,000 to 800,000 shares;

4. To approve the issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock upon conversion of shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and as dividends thereon;

5. To approve the issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock (i) upon exchange of shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and (ii) upon conversion of shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, Series D Convertible Preferred Stock and Series E Convertible Preferred Stock issued in exchange for shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (including any shares of Class A Common Stock issuable in lieu of cash dividends thereon);

6. To approve the issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock upon conversion of 7 1/2% Series A Unsecured Notes to be issued to class members pursuant to the settlement agreement among the Company, certain of the Company's officers and directors and plaintiffs' counsel, approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on April 2, 2001;

7. To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company's independent auditors for the current fiscal year; and

8. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Stockholders of record at the close of business on May 17, 2001 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof. The stock transfer books of the Company will remain open.

By Order of the Board of Directors,

Sanju K. Bansal, Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

McLean, Virginia
June 28, 2001


A STOCKHOLDER MAY OBTAIN AN ADMISSION TICKET TO THE MEETING BY IDENTIFYING HIMSELF OR HERSELF AT THE MEETING AS A STOCKHOLDER AS OF THE RECORD DATE. FOR A RECORD OWNER, POSSESSION OF A PROXY CARD WILL BE ADEQUATE IDENTIFICATION. FOR A BENEFICIAL-BUT-NOT-OF-RECORD OWNER, A COPY OF A BROKER'S STATEMENT SHOWING SHARES HELD FOR HIS OR HER BENEFIT ON MAY 17, 2001 WILL BE ADEQUATE IDENTIFICATION.

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MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED
1861 International Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be Held on Monday, July 16, 2001

This Proxy Statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy Incorporated (the "Company") for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") to be held on Monday, July 16, 2001 at the Marriott Dulles Airport, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166 at 9:00 a.m., local time, and at any adjournment of the Annual Meeting. All executed proxies will be voted in accordance with the stockholders' instructions, and if no choice is specified, executed proxies will be voted in favor of the matters set forth in the accompanying Notice of Meeting. Any proxy may be revoked by a stockholder at any time before its exercise by delivery of written revocation or a subsequently dated proxy to the Secretary of the Company or by voting in person at the Annual Meeting.

On May 17, 2001, the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting (the "Record Date"), there were outstanding and entitled to vote an aggregate of 31,155,338 shares of Class A Common Stock of the Company, par value $0.001 per share ("Class A Common Stock"), and an aggregate of 50,975,642 shares of Class B Common Stock of the Company, par value $0.001 per share ("Class B Common Stock," and together with the Class A Common Stock, the "Common Stock"). Each share of Class A Common Stock entitles the record holder thereof to one vote on each of the matters to be voted on at the Annual Meeting and each share of Class B Common Stock entitles the record holder thereof to ten votes on each of the matters to be voted on at the Annual Meeting.

The Company's Annual Report to Stockholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2000 ("Fiscal Year 2000") is being mailed to stockholders, along with these proxy materials, on or about June 28, 2001.

Votes Required

The holders of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by the shares of Common Stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. Shares of Common Stock represented in person or by proxy (including shares which abstain or do not vote with respect to one or more of the matters presented for stockholder approval) will be counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present at the Annual Meeting.

The affirmative vote of the holders of a plurality of the votes cast by the holders of Common Stock voting on the matter is required for the election of directors. For each other matter voted upon at the Annual Meeting, the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by the holders of Common Stock voting on the matter is required for approval.

Shares which abstain from voting as to a particular matter, and shares held in "street name" by brokers or nominees who indicate on their proxies that they do not have discretionary authority to vote such shares as to a particular matter, will not be counted as votes in favor of such matter, and will also not be counted as shares voting on such matter. Accordingly, abstentions and "broker non-votes" will have no effect on the voting on matters that come before the Annual Meeting.


SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth, as of February 28, 2001 unless otherwise indicated, the beneficial ownership of the Common Stock of the Company by (i) each person known by the Company to beneficially own more than 5% of any class of the Company's Common Stock, (ii) each director or nominee for director,
(iii) each of the executive officers (or former executive officers) named in the Summary Compensation Table set forth under the caption "Executive Compensation" below, and (iv) all directors and executive officers as a group:

                                             Number of Shares   Percentage of
                                               Beneficially         Class
Beneficial Owner(1)                            Owned(2)(3)    Outstanding(3)(4)
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Michael J. Saylor(5).......................     43,534,865          53.4%
Sanju K. Bansal(6).........................      8,698,958          10.7
Eric F. Brown(7)...........................        100,000             *
Jonathan F. Klein(8).......................         68,946             *
Stephen S. Trundle(9)......................        452,878             *
Eric D. Driscoll(10).......................         17,274             *
Joseph P. Payne(11)........................         30,936             *
Frank A. Ingari(12)........................         45,000             *
Jonathan J. Ledecky(13)....................         38,000             *
Ralph S. Terkowitz(14).....................         38,000             *
John W. Sidgmore(15).......................         18,000             *
F. David Fowler(16)........................              0             *
Stuart B. Ross(16).........................              0             *
Thomas P. Spahr(17)........................      1,582,242           2.0
Capital Group International, Inc.(18)......      1,626,900           2.0
Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C.(19).......      2,664,845           3.3
John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.(20)..      1,549,000           1.9
Nevis Capital(21)..........................      2,474,850           3.1
All executive officers and directors as a
 group (9 persons)(2)......................     52,944,647          64.8


* Less than 1%

(1) Each person named above (except as otherwise indicated in the footnotes below) has an address in care of MicroStrategy Incorporated, 1861 International Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102.

(2) The shares of the Company listed in this table are shares of Class B Common Stock, unless otherwise indicated or set forth in the footnotes to this table. Shares held by the directors and executive officers as a group include options to purchase 363,300 shares of Class A Common Stock of the Company that are exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001.

(3) The inclusion of any shares of Common Stock deemed beneficially owned does not constitute an admission of beneficial ownership of those shares. In accordance with the rules of the SEC, each stockholder is deemed to beneficially own any shares subject to stock options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001, and any reference below to shares subject to outstanding stock options held by the person in question refers only to such stock options.

(4) The number of shares deemed outstanding as of February 28, 2001 includes
(i) 30,313,030 shares of Class A Common Stock and (ii) 51,165,624 shares of Class B Common Stock, plus any shares of Common Stock subject to outstanding stock options exercisable by the person in question within 60 days after February 28, 2001.

(5) Mr. Saylor's holdings of Common Stock consist of (i) 39,257,110 shares of Class B Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Saylor as a result of his beneficial ownership in Alcantara LLC and 400,000 shares of Class B Common Stock held in trust (an aggregate of approximately 77.5% of the Class B Common Stock outstanding), and (ii) 3,030,000 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Saylor as a result of his beneficial ownership in Alcantara LLC, 535,155 shares of Class A Common Stock held in his own name and 312,600 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Saylor in a foundation (an aggregate of approximately 12.8% of the Class A Common Stock outstanding).

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(6) Mr. Bansal's holdings of Common Stock consist of (i) 8,059,681 shares of Class B Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Bansal as a result of his beneficial ownership in Shangri-La LLC, 439,046 shares of Class B Common Stock held in trust and 16,954 shares of Class B Common Stock held in his own name (an aggregate of approximately 16.6% of the Class B Common Stock outstanding), and (ii) 19,000 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Bansal as a result of his beneficial ownership in Shangri-La LLC, 106,277 shares of Class A Common Stock held in his own name and 58,000 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Bansal in a foundation (an aggregate of approximately 0.6% of the Class A Common Stock outstanding).

(7) Mr. Brown's holdings of the Common Stock consist of options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 100,000 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(8) Mr. Klein's holdings of Common Stock consist of 42,646 shares of Class A Common Stock and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 26,300 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(9) Mr. Trundle's holdings of Common Stock consist of 230,878 shares of Class A Common Stock, 100,000 Shares of Class B Common Stock (approximately 0.002% of the Class B common stock outstanding), and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 122,000 shares of Class A Common Stock. Mr. Trundle resigned from the Company on April 10, 2001.

(10) Mr. Driscoll's holdings of Common Stock consist of 15,274 shares of Class A Common Stock and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 2,000 shares of Class A Common Stock. Mr. Driscoll ceased serving in the capacity of an executive officer of the Company on November 29, 2000.

(11) Mr. Payne's holdings of Common Stock consist of 936 shares of Class A Common Stock and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 30,000 shares of Class A Common Stock. Mr. Payne ceased serving in the capacity of an executive officer of the Company on November 29, 2000 and resigned from the Company on February 28, 2001.

(12) Mr. Ingari's holdings of Common Stock consist of 20,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 25,000 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(13) Mr. Ledecky's holdings of Common Stock consist of 2,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 36,000 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(14) Mr. Terkowitz's holdings of Common Stock consist of 2,000 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Terkowitz in trust and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 36,000 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(15) Mr. Sidgmore's holdings of Common Stock consist of options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 18,000 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(16) Mr. Fowler and Mr. Ross were each elected to the Company's Board of Directors on June 7, 2001. Information regarding the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Mr. Fowler and Mr. Ross is as of June 7, 2001.

(17) Mr. Spahr's holdings of Common Stock consist of 1,364,000 shares of Class B Common Stock (approximately 2.7% of the Class B Common Stock outstanding), 139,000 shares of Class A Common Stock in his own name, 50,000 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Spahr in trust, 19,000 shares of Class A Common Stock held beneficially by Mr. Spahr in a foundation and options exercisable within 60 days after February 28, 2001 for 10,242 shares of Class A Common Stock.

(18) Information regarding the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Capital Group International, Inc. includes shares beneficially owned by a wholly-owned subsidiary, Capital Guardian Trust Company, and is based on the most recent Schedule 13G of such entities received by the Company, which reported such ownership as of December 29, 2000. All shares beneficially held by Capital Group International consist of Class A Common Stock (approximately 5.7% of the Class A Common Stock outstanding as of December 29, 2000). The address of Capital Group International, Inc. is 11100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90025.

(19) Information regarding the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. includes shares beneficially owned by affiliates Citadel Limited Partnership, GLB Partners, L.P., Wellington Partners Limited Partnership, Kensington Global Strategies Fund, Ltd., Wingate Capital Ltd., Fisher Capital Ltd. and Kenneth Griffin, and is based on the most recent Schedule 13G of such

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entities and individual received by the Company, which reported such ownership as of December 31, 2000. All shares beneficially held by such entities and individual consist of Class A Common Stock (approximately 8.8% of the Class A Common Stock outstanding as of December 31, 2000). The address of Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. is 225 W. Washington, 9th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

(20) Information regarding the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. includes shares beneficially owned by affiliates John Hancock Life Insurance Company, John Hancock Subsidiaries, Inc., The Berkeley Financial Group, Inc. and John Hancock Advisers, Inc., and is based on the most recent Schedule 13G of such entities received by the Company, which reported such ownership as of December 31, 2000. All shares beneficially held by such entities and individual consist of Class A Common Stock (approximately 5.4% of the Class A Common Stock outstanding as of December 31, 2000). The address of John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. is John Hancock Place, P.O. Box 111, Boston, Massachusetts 02117.

(21) Information regarding the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Nevis Capital includes shares beneficially owned by affiliates Jon C. Baker and David R. Wilmerding, III, and is based on the most recent Schedule 13G of such entity and individuals received by the Company, which reported such ownership as of December 31, 2000. All shares beneficially held by such entity and individuals consist of Class A Common Stock (approximately 8.6% of the Class A Common Stock outstanding as of December 31, 2000). The address of Nevis Capital is 1119 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

Executive Officers of the Company

The Company's executive officers and their ages and positions as of May 31, 2001 are as follows:

   Name                  Age                                Title
   ----                  ---                                -----
Michael J. Saylor.......  36 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Sanju K. Bansal.........  35 Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Eric F. Brown...........  35 President and Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan F. Klein.......  34 Vice President, Law and General Counsel
Jeffrey A. Bedell.......  32 Vice President, Technology and Chief Technology Officer

Set forth below is certain information regarding the professional experience of each of the above-named persons.

Michael J. Saylor has served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989, and as president from November 1989 to November 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Saylor was employed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a Venture Manager from 1988 to 1989 and by Federal Group, Inc. as a consultant from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Saylor received an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sanju K. Bansal has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 1993 and was previously vice president, consulting since joining MicroStrategy in 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since September 1997 and has served as vice chairman since November 2000. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Bansal was a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, a worldwide technical and management consulting firm, from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Bansal received an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Eric F. Brown has served as president since November 2000 and chief financial officer since August 2000. Mr. Brown originally joined the Company as chief financial officer of the Company's Strategy.com subsidiary in February 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as division chief financial officer and then chief operating officer of Electronic Arts from October 1998 until February 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was co-founder and chief financial officer of DataSage, Inc. from 1995 until October 1998. Mr. Brown also held several senior financial positions with Grand Metropolitan from 1990 until 1995. Mr. Brown received his M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Jonathan F. Klein has served as vice president, law and general counsel since November 1998 and as corporate counsel from June 1997 to November 1998. From September 1993 to June 1997, Mr. Klein was an appellate litigator with the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Klein received a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Jeffrey A. Bedell has served as vice president, technology and chief technology officer since April 2001 and was previously vice president, platform technology since December 1999. From December 1992 to December 1999, Mr. Bedell served as senior program manager and director of technology programs with MicroStrategy. Mr. Bedell received a B.A. in Religion from Dartmouth College.

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PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

The persons named in the enclosed proxy will vote to elect as directors the eight nominees named below, all of whom are presently directors of the Company, unless authority to vote for the election of any or all of the nominees is withheld by marking the proxy to that effect. All of the nominees have indicated their willingness to serve, if elected, but if any should be unable or unwilling to serve, proxies may be voted for a substitute nominee designated by the Board of Directors. Each director will be elected to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders (subject to the election and qualification of his successor or to his earlier death, resignation or removal).

Nominees

Set forth below, for each nominee, are his name and age, his positions with the Company, his principal occupation and business experience during the past five years and the year of the commencement of his term as a director of the Company:

Michael J. Saylor (36) has served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989, and as president from November 1989 to November 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Saylor was employed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a Venture Manager from 1988 to 1989 and by Federal Group, Inc. as a consultant from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Saylor received an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sanju K. Bansal (35) has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 1993 and was previously vice president, consulting since joining MicroStrategy in 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since September 1997 and has served as vice chairman since November 2000. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Bansal was a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, a worldwide technical and management consulting firm, from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Bansal received an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

F. David Fowler (67) has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since June 2001. Mr. Fowler was the dean of the School of Business and Public Management at The George Washington University from July 1992 until his retirement in June 1997 and a member of KPMG LLP from 1963 until his retirement in June 1992. As a member of KPMG, Mr. Fowler served as managing partner of the Washington, DC office from 1987 until 1992, as partner in charge of human resources for the firm in New York City, as a member of the firm's board of directors, operating committee and strategic planning committee and as chairman of the KPMG Foundation and the KPMG personnel committee. Mr. Fowler currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the mutual funds of FBR Funds and Rushmore Funds, both located in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Fowler received a B.A./B.S. in Business from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1955.

Frank A. Ingari (51) has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since October 1997. Mr. Ingari founded Wheelhouse Corporation, a marketing infrastructure services provider, in April 1999 and served as its chief executive officer from April 1999 until May 2000 and as its chairman of the board from April 1999 until the present. Prior to Wheelhouse, Mr. Ingari founded Growth Ally, LLC, a start-up consultancy dedicated to helping pre- public technology companies accelerate their development, and served as its president from November 1997 until April 1999. Mr. Ingari was chairman and chief executive officer of Shiva Corporation from 1993 to 1997. Prior to joining Shiva Corporation, Mr. Ingari was vice president of worldwide marketing at Lotus Development Corporation. Mr. Ingari received a B.A. in Creative Writing and U.S. Foreign Relations from Cornell University.

Jonathan J. Ledecky (43) has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since June 1998. Mr. Ledecky is currently vice chairman of Lincoln Holdings LLC, which owns the Washington Capitals, the Washington Wizards and the Washington Mystics sports teams, and has served in this position since July 1999. Mr. Ledecky founded U.S. Office Products Company in October 1994 and served as its chairman of the board and chief executive officer from inception through November 1997 and thereafter as a director until May 1998.

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In February 1997, Mr. Ledecky founded Building One Services Corp., now Encompass Services Corporation, and served as its chairman until February 2000 and chief executive officer until June 1999. Mr. Ledecky is also a director of publicly traded School Specialty, Inc.

Stuart B. Ross (64) has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since June 2001. Mr. Ross held various positions with the Xerox Corporation from 1966 until December 1999, including corporate executive vice president, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, vice president/corporate controller and chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Financial Services. Mr. Ross is currently a trustee for the Hansberger Institutional Series, a mutual fund, an advisor to Fairfax Financial Holdings, an insurance holding company, a member of the board of directors of The World Affairs Forum and a member of the International Executive Service Corporation Advisory Council. Mr. Ross received his B.S. in Accounting from New York University in 1958 and his M.B.A. from Bernard Baruch College of the City College of New York in 1966. Mr. Ross has been a C.P.A. in the State of New York since 1963.

John W. Sidgmore (50) has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since February 2000. Mr. Sidgmore is currently the vice chairman of the board of directors of WorldCom, Inc., a provider of long distance, Internet and telecommunications services, where he has served in such position since December 1996. From December 1996 until September 1998, Mr. Sidgmore also served as chief operating officer of WorldCom. Mr. Sidgmore was the president and chief executive officer of UUNET Technologies, Inc., a provider of worldwide Internet services, from June 1994 until December 1996. Prior to joining UUNET, Mr. Sidgmore was president and chief executive officer of Intelicom Solutions, now CSC Intelicom, a telecommunications software company. Mr. Sidgmore is also a member of the board of directors of WorldCom.

Ralph S. Terkowitz (50) has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since September 1997. Mr. Terkowitz is currently chief technology officer for The Washington Post Company, a position he has held since April 2001. From 1992 until April 2001, Mr. Terkowitz was vice president, technology for The Washington Post Company. Until February 1996, Mr. Terkowitz was chief executive officer, president and publisher of Digital Ink, an Internet publishing venture that launched, among other ventures, WashingtonPost.com and PoliticsNow. In 1998, he was co-chief executive officer of HireSystems and instrumental in the formation of BrassRing.com. Mr. Terkowitz is a director of BigStep.com, OutTask and Moai. Mr. Terkowitz received an A.B. in Chemistry from Cornell University and an M.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

On December 14, 2000, Mr. Saylor and Mr. Bansal each entered into a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in connection with the Company's restatement of its financial results for 1999, 1998 and 1997. In the settlement, each of Mr. Saylor and Mr. Bansal consented, without admitting or denying the allegations in the SEC's complaint, to the entry of a judgment enjoining him from violating the antifraud and recordkeeping provisions of the federal securities laws and ordering him to pay a civil penalty and disgorge certain profits.

Board and Committee Meetings

The Company has a standing Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, which provides the opportunity for direct contact between the Company's independent auditors and the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee met ten times during Fiscal Year 2000. During Fiscal Year 2000 and until June 2001, the Audit Committee members were Mr. Ingari and Mr. Terkowitz. In June 2001, Mr. Fowler and Mr. Ross were appointed to the Audit Committee and Mr. Ingari discontinued his committee membership. The current members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Fowler, Mr. Ross and Mr. Terkowitz.

The Company has a standing Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, which makes compensation decisions regarding the officers of the Company and provides recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding compensation programs of the Company. The Compensation Committee met once during Fiscal Year 2000. The current members of the Compensation Committee are Mr. Terkowitz and Mr. Ingari.

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The Board of Directors met thirteen times during Fiscal Year 2000. Each director attended at least 75% of the number of Board of Directors meetings and the number of meetings held by all committees on which he then served.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), requires the Company's directors, executive officers and holders of more than 10% of the Company's Class A Common Stock to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership of the Company's Class A Common Stock and other equity securities on a Form 3 and reports of changes in such ownership on a Form 4 or Form 5. Officers, directors and holders of 10% of the Company's Class A Common Stock are required by SEC regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. To the Company's knowledge, based solely on a review of the Company's records, all Section 16(a) filing requirements were satisfied with respect to Fiscal Year 2000 except that (i) one Form 4 that was timely filed by Michael J. Saylor to report a series of gift transactions included four share conversions by Mr. Saylor that were reportable in two prior months in connection with those gift transactions, and
(ii) one Form 4 filed by Stephen S. Trundle included a sale of shares by his spouse that was inadvertently omitted from a prior reporting period.

Directors' Compensation

Directors do not receive any fees or other cash compensation for serving on the Company's Board of Directors or any committee thereof. Directors of the Company who are not employees of the Company or any subsidiary ("Outside Directors") are entitled to receive options to purchase shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock.

In 2000, options for 120,000 shares of Class A Common Stock were granted to Outside Directors under the 1997 Director Option Plan. Subsequent to 2000, the Company will grant options to Outside Directors under the 1999 Stock Option Plan. Pursuant to this plan, Outside Directors are granted options on the following terms: (i) each new Outside Director of the Company is granted an option to purchase 100,000 shares of Class A Common Stock upon his or her initial election or appointment to the Board of Directors ("First Options") and (ii) each Outside Director is granted an option to purchase 30,000 shares of Class A Common Stock on the day immediately following each annual meeting of stockholders ("Subsequent Options"). Each option granted to an Outside Director under the 1999 Stock Option Plan has an exercise price equal to the last reported sale price of Class A Common Stock as reported on the Nasdaq National Market for the most recent trading day prior to the date of grant. First Options granted under the 1999 Stock Option Plan become exercisable in equal annual installments over a five-year period and Subsequent Options are exercisable in full upon grant. In the event of a merger of the Company with or into another corporation or another qualifying acquisition event, each option will be assumed or an equivalent option will be substituted by the successor corporation. If the successor corporation does not assume outstanding options or such options are not otherwise exchanged, the exercisability of all outstanding options will accelerate.

Executive Compensation

The compensation information set forth below relates to compensation paid by the Company to its Chief Executive Officer, the Company's four other most highly compensated executive officers who were serving as executive officers of the Company as of December 31, 2000, and the two other most highly compensated executive officers who served as executive officers during the Fiscal Year 2000, but who were not serving as executive officers at the end of Fiscal Year 2000 (collectively, the "Named Executive Officers").

Option awards relating to the Class A Common Stock of Strategy.com Incorporated, a majority-owned subsidiary of the Company ("Strategy.com"), are designated in the tables set forth below by the term "SDC." Unless so designated, all option information set forth below refers to option awards relating to the Class A Common Stock of the Company.

The following table sets forth certain information concerning the compensation of the Named Executive Officers for each of the last three fiscal years:

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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

                                                                 Long-Term
                                                                Compensation
                                       Annual Compensation         Awards
                                  ----------------------------- ------------
                                                                 Number of
                                                                   Shares
Name and Principal         Fiscal                  Other Annual  Underlying
Position                    Year   Salary   Bonus  Compensation   Options
------------------         ------ -------- ------- ------------ ------------
Michael J. Saylor........   2000  $150,000 $   --     $  --           --
Chairman of the Board and
 Chief Executive Officer    1999   150,000  50,000       --           --
                            1998   127,500     --        --           --

Sanju K. Bansal..........   2000   115,000     --        --           --
Vice Chairman of the
 Board, Executive Vice      1999   115,000  40,000       --           --
 President and Chief
  Operating Officer         1998   115,000     --        --           --

Eric F. Brown(1).........   2000   131,250  10,000    96,962(2)   500,000
President and Chief
 Financial Officer                                                100,000 (SDC)
                            1999       --      --        --           --
                            1998       --      --        --           --

Jonathan F. Klein........   2000   135,417  60,000       --        75,000
Vice President, Law and
 General Counsel                                                   75,000 (SDC)
                            1999   115,000  30,000       --        30,000
                            1998    91,500  15,000       --        80,500

Stephen S. Trundle(3)....   2000   125,000     --        --       125,000
Vice President,
 Technology and Chief
 Technology                                                       150,000 (SDC)
 Officer                    1999   125,000     --        --       100,000
                            1998   115,000  20,000       --           --

Eric D. Driscoll(4)......   2000   153,750  72,365       --       125,661
Vice President, Corporate
 Development                                                       50,000 (SDC)
                            1999       --      --        --        10,000
                            1998       --      --        --           --

Joseph P. Payne(5).......   2000   175,000  75,000       --        75,000
Vice President, Marketing
 and Chief Marketing                                               50,000 (SDC)
 Officer                    1999   121,307  15,000       --       250,000
                            1998       --      --        --           --


(1) Mr. Brown joined the Company in February 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of Strategy.com, a business unit of the Company at the time, and became Chief Financial Officer and President of the Company on August 1, 2000 and November 14, 2000, respectively. Accordingly, the 2000 information for Mr. Brown is for the period from February 2000 to December 31, 2000, and there is no information for 1999 and 1998.

(2) This amount represents relocation expenses paid by the Company.

(3) Mr. Trundle resigned from the Company on April 10, 2001.

(4) Mr. Driscoll became the Company's Vice President, Corporate Development in June 2000. From March 1999 until June 2000, Mr. Driscoll was Vice President, Americas Consulting and from October 1998 until March 1999 was Director, North American Consulting. The information in the table for Mr. Driscoll reflects the aggregate compensation received during 2000 as an employee of MicroStrategy Services Corporation and as an employee of the Company. Mr. Driscoll did not serve as an executive officer of the Company during 1999 or 1998. Mr. Driscoll ceased serving in the capacity of an executive officer of the Company on November 29, 2000.

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(5) Mr. Payne joined the Company in April 1999 as Vice President, Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer. Accordingly, the 1999 information for Mr. Payne is for the period from April 22, 1999 to December 31, 1999, and there is no information for 1998. Mr. Payne ceased serving in the capacity of an executive officer of the Company on November 29, 2000 and resigned from the Company on February 28, 2001.

Option Grants Table

The following table contains information concerning grants of stock options made to each of the Named Executive Officers during Fiscal Year 2000:

OPTION GRANTS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR
INDIVIDUAL GRANTS

                                                                          Potential Realizable
                          Number of                                         Value at Assumed
                          Shares of                                         Annual Rates of
                           Class A         % of                                  Stock
                         Common Stock  Total Options                       Price Appreciation
                          Underlying    Granted to   Exercise              for Option Term(3)
                           Options       Employees   Price Per Expiration --------------------
Name                      Granted(1)      in 2000    Share(2)     Date       5%        10%
----                     ------------  ------------- --------- ---------- --------- ----------
Michael J. Saylor.......     --              -- %     $  --           --  $     --  $      --

Sanju K. Bansal.........     --              --          --           --        --         --

Eric F. Brown........... 500,000           6.504      21.000    8/21/2010 6,603,394 16,734,296
                         100,000 (SDC)     2.124       2.750   12/20/2010   172,946    438,279

Jonathan F. Klein.......  50,000           0.650      23.625    9/27/2010   742,882  1,882,608
                          25,000           0.325      21.500   10/17/2010   338,031    856,637
                          75,000 (SDC)     1.593       2.750   12/20/2010   129,710    328,709

Stephen S. Trundle......  50,000           0.650      44.125    6/09/2010 1,387,499  3,516,194
                          75,000           0.976      21.500   10/17/2010 1,014,093  2,569,910
                         150,000 (SDC)     3.186       2.750   12/20/2010   259,419    657,419

Eric D. Driscoll........     661           0.009      17.938    5/30/2010     7,457     18,897
                          75,000           0.976      39.313    6/16/2010 1,854,280  4,699,110
                          50,000           0.650      21.500   10/17/2010   676,062  1,713,273
                          50,000 (SDC)     1.062       2.750   12/20/2010    86,473    219,140

Joseph P. Payne.........  50,000           0.650      23.625    9/27/2010   742,882  1,882,608
                          25,000           0.325      21.500   10/17/2010   338,031    856,637
                          50,000 (SDC)     1.062       2.750   12/20/2010    86,473    219,140


(1) These options generally vest over a five-year period and expire on the tenth anniversary of the date of grant. SDC options, irrespective of vesting, are not exercisable until the earlier of an underwritten initial public offering of SDC, the closing of an acquisition transaction resulting in a change of control of SDC or sixty months from the date of grant.

(2) The exercise price of options of the Company or SDC may be paid in cash or in shares of Class A Common Stock of the Company or SDC, as the case may be, valued at fair market value on the exercise date. All stock options were granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of such stock as determined by the Board of Directors of the Company or SDC, as applicable, on the grant date.

(3) The potential realizable value is calculated based on the term of the option at its time of grant (ten years). It is calculated assuming that the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock of the Company or of SDC, as the case may be, on the date of grant appreciates at the indicated annual rate compounded annually for the entire term of the option and that the option is exercised and sold on the last day of its term for the appreciated stock price.

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Option Exercises and Holdings

The following table sets forth information concerning each exercise of a stock option during Fiscal Year 2000 by each of the Named Executive Officers and the number and value of unexercised options held by each of the Named Executive Officers on December 31, 2000.

AGGREGATED OPTION EXERCISES IN LAST FISCAL YEAR
AND FISCAL YEAR-END OPTION VALUES

                                                    Number of Shares of
                                                    Class A Common Stock      Value of Unexercised
                          Number of                Underlying Unexercised     In-the-Money Options
                           Shares                Options at Fiscal Year-End   at Fiscal Year-End(2)
                          Acquired      Value    -------------------------- -------------------------
Name                     on Exercise Realized(1) Exercisable/Unexercisable  Exercisable/Unexercisable
----                     ----------- ----------- -------------------------- -------------------------
Michael J. Saylor.......       --    $      --          --/--                    $    --/$--

Sanju K. Bansal.........       --           --          --/--                         --/--

Eric F. Brown...........       --           --           0/500,000                    --/--
                                                         0/100,000 (SDC)              --/--

Jonathan F. Klein.......    20,000    2,049,000     10,200/155,300                35,270/429,905
                                                          0/75,000 (SDC)              --/--

Stephen S. Trundle......   100,000   16,025,000     81,600/245,400               569,800/373,700
                                                         0/150,000 (SDC)              --/--

Eric D. Driscoll........    10,000      318,750      2,000/153,661                     0/170,000
                                                          0/50,000 (SDC)              --/--

Joseph P. Payne.........    20,000      380,000     30,000/275,000                18,750/125,000
                                                          0/50,000 (SDC)              --/--


(1) Represents the difference between the exercise price and the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock of the Company on the date of exercise.
(2) Value of unexercised options is determined by subtracting the exercise price per share from the fair market value per share for the underlying shares as of December 31, 2000, multiplied by the number of shares underlying the options. The fair market value of the Company's Class A Common Stock is based upon the last reported sale price as reported on the Nasdaq National Market on December 31, 2000 ($9.50 per share). No public market for the shares underlying the SDC options existed as of December 31, 2000, and accordingly no value in excess of the exercise price has been attributed to these options.

Employment Agreements

Employees of the Company, including the Company's executive officers, are generally required to enter into confidentiality agreements prohibiting the employees from disclosing any confidential or proprietary information of the Company. In addition, the agreements generally provide that upon termination, an employee will not provide competitive products or services and will not solicit Company customers and employees for a period of one year. At the time of commencement of employment, the Company's employees also generally sign offer letters specifying certain basic terms and conditions of employment. Otherwise, employees of the Company are generally not subject to written employment agreements.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

As discussed below under "Certain Relationships and Related Transactions," Frank A. Ingari, a director and member of the Compensation Committee of the Company, is a founding stockholder and chairman of the board of directors of Wheelhouse Corporation, which paid the Company approximately $374,000 in 2000 and, in 2001, has paid approximately $21,000 through June 20, 2001, relating to license and support fees and

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education services under a business alliance agreement between the Company and Wheelhouse. Also, the Company paid Wheelhouse approximately $1,200 in 2000 and, in 2001, has paid approximately $87,000 through June 20, 2001 for consulting services which were unrelated to the business alliance agreement.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

Michael J. Saylor and Sanju K. Bansal were named as defendants in a class action lawsuit and shareholder derivative action and were subjects of an SEC investigation, discussed under "Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings" above, relating to the restatement of the Company's financial results for 1999, 1998 and 1997. Mr. Saylor and Mr. Bansal each retained separate legal counsel to defend their individual interests in these legal proceedings. Using a portion of the proceeds that the Company received from insurance in connection with those proceedings, the Company paid the legal fees of such separate counsel in the amounts of $1,009,360 and $334,553 on behalf of Mr. Saylor and Mr. Bansal, respectively, during 2000.

On December 30, 1999, the Company entered into a business alliance agreement with Wheelhouse Corporation, a company for which Frank A. Ingari, a director and member of the Compensation Committee of the Company, is a founding stockholder and chairman of the board of directors. Pursuant to the agreement, Wheelhouse acquired from the Company certain development software and training technology and the right to offer Company products in the marketplace as a sales agent. In addition, Wheelhouse is entitled to a finders fee of 1.5% of the license fees paid to the Company by any company referred to the Company by Wheelhouse. Wheelhouse paid the Company approximately $374,000 in 2000 and, in 2001, has paid approximately $21,000 through June 20, 2001, relating to license and support fees and education services in connection with the development software acquired from the Company under the agreement. Also, the Company paid Wheelhouse approximately $1,200 in 2000 and, in 2001, has paid approximately $87,000 through June 20, 2001 for consulting services which were unrelated to the business alliance agreement.

On December 1, 2000, the Company entered into a series of agreements with CVent, Inc., a company in which Sanju K. Bansal, the vice chairman and chief operating officer of the Company and a director of the Company, holds an equity interest of approximately 10% and is a member of the board of directors. Under these agreements, the Company provides software licenses, consulting services and maintenance services to CVent. In exchange, the Company received (i) a 3% equity interest in CVent on the date of the agreement and is entitled, subject to certain conditions, to an additional 2% equity interest on the first anniversary of the agreement and (ii) the right to receive payments for services provided by the Company under the agreements. The Company received payment from CVent of approximately $242,000 in 2000 and has billed CVent for an additional $188,000 in 2000 and approximately $70,000 through June 20, 2001, in connection with such services. The Company intends to bill CVent an additional $150,000 in 2001 for such services. Also under these agreements, CVent provides certain licenses to the Company, for which CVent billed the Company approximately $75,000 in 2000.

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

The Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors acts under a written charter first adopted and approved on September 15, 1997 and amended on July 3, 2000. A copy of this charter is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix A. During Fiscal Year 2000 and until June 2001, the members of the Audit Committee were Mr. Ingari and Mr. Terkowitz. In June 2001, Mr. Fowler and Mr. Ross were appointed to the Audit Committee and Mr. Ingari discontinued his committee membership. The current members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Fowler, Mr. Ross and Mr. Terkowitz. The members of the Audit Committee are independent directors, as defined by its charter and the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

The Audit Committee reviewed the Company's audited financial statements for Fiscal Year 2000 and discussed these financial statements with the Company's management. Management is responsible for the Company's internal controls and the financial reporting process. The Company's independent auditors are

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responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company's financial statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and to issue a report on those financial statements. The Audit Committee is responsible for monitoring and overseeing these processes. As appropriate, the Audit Committee reviews and evaluates, and discusses with the Company's management, internal accounting, financial and auditing personnel and the independent auditors, the following:

. the plan for, and the independent auditors' report on, each audit of the Company's financial statements;

. the Company's financial disclosure documents, including all financial statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission or sent to shareholders;

. changes in the Company's accounting practices, principles, controls or methodologies;

. significant developments or changes in accounting rules applicable to the Company; and

. the adequacy of the Company's internal controls and accounting, financial and auditing personnel.

The Audit Committee and management have discussed the Company's internal audit approach; the relationship among the Internal Audit Director, the Audit Committee and management; and the Audit
Committee's support for internal audit personnel. In addition, through periodic meetings during 2000 and the first quarter of 2001, the Audit Committee discussed the following significant items with management and the Company's independent auditors: material revenue contracts, financing transactions, the restatement of prior period financial results, the Company's restructuring during 2000, development of comprehensive accounting and contracts policy and procedure manuals, and development of an annual internal audit plan in connection with the hiring of an Internal Audit Director.

Management represented to the Audit Committee that the Company's financial statements had been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

The Audit Committee also reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements and the matters required by Statement on Auditing Standards 61 (Communication with Audit Committees) with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Company's independent auditors. SAS 61 requires the Company's independent auditors to discuss with the Company's Audit Committee, among other things, the following:

. methods to account for significant unusual transactions;

. the effect of significant accounting policies in controversial or emerging areas for which there is a lack of authoritative guidance or consensus;

. the process used by management in formulating particularly sensitive accounting estimates and the basis for the auditors' conclusions regarding the reasonableness of those estimates; and

. disagreements, if any, with management over the application of accounting principles, the basis for management's accounting estimates and the disclosures in the financial statements.

The Company's independent auditors also provided the Audit Committee with the written disclosures and the letter required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees). Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 requires auditors to disclose annually in writing all relationships that in the auditor's professional opinion may reasonably be thought to bear on independence, confirm their perceived independence and engage in a discussion of independence. In addition, the Audit Committee discussed with the independent auditors their independence from the Company. The Audit Committee also considered whether the independent auditors' provision of the other, non-audit related services to the Company, which are referred to below under the caption "Independent Auditors Fees and Other Matters", is compatible with maintaining such auditors' independence.

Based on its discussions with management and the Company's independent auditors as well as its review of the representations and information provided by management and the independent auditors, the Audit Committee

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recommended to the Company's Board of Directors that the audited financial statements be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.

By the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy Incorporated.

Frank A. Ingari(/1/) Ralph S. Terkowitz

(/1/)Mr. Ingari discontinued his membership on the Audit Committee following the appointment of Messrs. Fowler and Ross to the Audit Committee in June 2001. Messrs. Fowler and Ross did not participate in the preparation of this Audit Committee Report.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

This report addresses the compensation policies of the Company applicable to its executive officers during Fiscal Year 2000. The Company's executive compensation program is administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Committee"), which is comprised of two non-employee directors. The Committee is responsible for determining the compensation package of each executive officer, including the Chief Executive Officer.

Executive Compensation Policy

The objectives of the Committee in determining executive compensation are
(i) to recognize and reward exceptional performance by the Company's executives, (ii) to provide incentives for high levels of current and future performance, and (iii) to align the objectives and rewards of Company executives with those of the stockholders of the Company. The Committee believes that an executive compensation program that achieves these objectives will not only properly motivate and compensate the Company's current officers, but will enable the Company to attract other officers that may be needed by the Company in the future. The executive compensation program is implemented through three principal elements--base salary, bonus and stock option grants.

Executive Officer Compensation

In setting base salaries for Fiscal Year 2000, the Committee used a subjective evaluation process considering the performance of the Company, the officer's position, level and scope of responsibility, as well as the recommendations of management with respect to base salary for such executive officer. The Committee also generally sought to set salaries at levels that, in the opinion of the members of the Committee, approximate the salary levels for executives of companies that are comparable to the Company, except in the case of the Chief Executive Officer as described below.

Bonuses are awarded principally on the basis of the Company's performance during the period and on the Committee's assessment of the extent to which the executive officer contributed to the overall performance of the Company or a particular department of the Company for a specific period. In awarding performance-based bonuses for Fiscal Year 2000, the Committee sought to set such bonuses at a level that would provide executive officers eligible to receive such bonuses with a strong incentive to contribute to the success and profitability of the Company. During Fiscal Year 2000, a total of $217,365 was paid in bonuses to seven executive officers of the Company.

In a further attempt to link compensation to the long-term performance of the Company, stock options to purchase Class A Common Stock of the Company and Class A Common Stock of Strategy.com Incorporated, a majority-owned subsidiary of the Company, were awarded to certain executive officers. In Fiscal Year 2000,

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option awards were made based principally on the recommendations of management. All of the options to purchase Class A Common Stock of the Company were granted under the 1999 Stock Option Plan in Fiscal Year 2000 with an exercise price that was equal to the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the option grant date. All of the options to purchase Class A Common Stock of Strategy.com were granted under the 2000 Stock Option Plan of Strategy.com with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the option grant date as determined by the board of directors of Strategy.com. Generally, the options granted to executive officers under the 1999 Stock Option Plan and the Strategy.com 2000 Stock Option Plan vest ratably over a four to five-year period; provided, however, that Strategy.com options, irrespective of vesting, are not exercisable until the earlier of an underwritten initial public offering of Strategy.com, the closing of an acquisition transaction resulting in a change of control of Strategy.com or sixty months from the date of grant. During Fiscal Year 2000, options to purchase an aggregate of 900,661 shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock and 425,000 shares of Strategy.com's Class A Common Stock were granted to seven executive officers of the Company.

Chief Executive Officer Compensation

The Committee believes that the base salary and bonus paid to Mr. Saylor in Fiscal Year 2000 were justified in light of the significant and material contributions of Mr. Saylor to the day-to-day business operations of the Company and to the implementation of several strategic initiatives, including completion of additional Company financing transactions, a corporate restructuring to better align the Company's costs with its revenues, an equity financing of Strategy.com in 2000 and the roll out of the MicroStrategy 7 software platform. The Committee did not make any stock option or other stock- based incentive awards to Mr. Saylor during Fiscal Year 2000. In the view of the Committee, Mr. Saylor's base salary and bonus are below the base salary and bonuses generally awarded by comparable companies to their chief executive officers. The Committee determined that, given Mr. Saylor's substantial beneficial ownership of the Company's Common Stock, his long-term interests in the performance and profitability of the Company are aligned with those of other stockholders and, accordingly, no additional financial or stock-based incentives were warranted.

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, generally disallows a tax deduction to public companies for compensation over $1 million paid to its chief executive officer and its four other most highly compensated executive officers. However, qualifying performance-based compensation will not be subject to the deduction limit if certain requirements are met. The Committee takes into account, to the extent it believes appropriate, the limitations on the deductibility of executive compensation imposed by Section 162(m) in determining compensation levels and practices.

By the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy Incorporated.

Ralph S. Terkowitz Frank A. Ingari

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STOCK PERFORMANCE GRAPH

The following graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return on the Class A Common Stock of the Company from June 11, 1998 (the date the Company's shares of Class A Common Stock were first offered to the public) to December 31, 2000 (the end of Fiscal Year 2000) with the cumulative total return of (i) the CRSP Total Return Index for the Nasdaq National Market (U.S. Companies) (the "Nasdaq Index") and (ii) a peer group of companies consisting of Business Objects, Cognos, Inc., Brio Technology, Inc. and Actuate Software Corporation (the "Peer Index"). This graph assumes the investment of $100.00 on June 11, 1998 in the Company's Class A Common Stock, the Nasdaq Index and the Peer Index, and assumes any dividends are reinvested. Measurement points are June 11, 1998, December 31, 1998, December 31, 1999 and December 31, 2000.

[GRAPH]

Comparison of Cumulative Total Return
Assumes Initial Investment of $100

                              6/11/98     12/31/98     12/31/99     12/31/00

MicroStrategy Incorporated     $100        $262.50    $1,750.00      $158.34
Nadaq Index                    $100        $125.00    $  233.17      $140.29
Peer Index                     $100        $116.55    $  327.06      $235.86

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PROPOSAL 2

TO APPROVE THE AMENDED AND RESTATED 1999 STOCK OPTION PLAN TO INCREASE THE
NUMBER OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK RESERVED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE PLAN
FROM 11,000,000 TO 23,500,000 SHARES.

Introduction

A proposal will be presented at the Annual Meeting that the stockholders approve the Company's Amended and Restated 1999 Stock Option Plan (the "1999 Plan") to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under the plan from 11,000,000 to 23,500,000 shares (subject to a proportionate adjustment for certain changes in the Company's capitalization, such as a stock split). The proposed increase in the number of shares available for grant under the 1999 Plan requires the approval by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by the holders of Common Stock present, or represented, and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

As of April 20, 2001, the Company had granted options to purchase 17,046,204 shares of Class A Common Stock under the 1999 Plan. Of such option grants, options for 10,577,329 shares were made subject to stockholder approval of the increase in the number of shares available under the 1999 Plan. On December 21, 2000 and April 17, 2001, the Board of Directors adopted, subject to stockholder approval, the proposed aggregate increase in the number of shares available for issuance under the 1999 Plan to ensure that the Company will have a sufficient number of shares of Class A Common Stock available under the 1999 Plan to continue to provide option grants to attract, retain and motivate personnel.

Description of the 1999 Plan

The following is a brief summary of the 1999 Plan. The following summary is qualified in its entirety by the 1999 Plan.

Types of Awards

The 1999 Plan provides for the grant of incentive stock options intended to qualify as such under Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), and non-statutory stock options (collectively, "Awards").

Incentive Stock Options and Non-statutory Stock Options.

Optionees receive the right to purchase a specified number of shares of Class A Common Stock at a specified option price and subject to such other terms and conditions as are specified in connection with the option grant. Options may be granted at an exercise price which may be less than, equal to or greater than 100% of the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date of grant. Under present law, however, incentive stock options and options intended to qualify as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code may not be granted at an exercise price less than the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date of grant (or less than 110% of the fair market value in the case of incentive stock options granted to optionees holding more than 10% of the total combined voting power of the Company or of any parent or subsidiary corporation). The 1999 Plan permits the following forms of payment of the exercise price of options: (i) payment by cash, check, or in connection with a "cashless exercise" through a broker,
(ii) surrender to the Company of shares of Class A Common Stock, (iii) delivery to the Company of a promissory note, or (iv) by any other lawful means.

Eligibility to Receive Awards

Officers, employees, directors, consultants and advisors (and any individuals who have accepted an offer of employment) of the Company and its subsidiaries are eligible to be granted Awards under the 1999 Plan. Under present law, however, incentive stock options may only be granted to employees of the Company and its

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subsidiaries. The maximum number of shares with respect to which Awards may be granted to any participant under the 1999 Plan is 1,000,000 shares per calendar year.

Plan Benefits

As of April 20, 2001, approximately 1,404 persons were eligible to receive Awards under the 1999 Plan, including the Company's five executive officers. The granting of Awards under the 1999 Plan is discretionary, and the Company cannot now determine the number or type of Awards to be granted in the future to any particular person or group. On April 20, 2001, the last reported sale price of the Company's Class A Common Stock on the Nasdaq National Market was $5.64.

Administration

The 1999 Plan is administered by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has the authority to adopt, amend and repeal the administrative rules, guidelines and practices relating to the 1999 Plan and to interpret the provisions of the 1999 Plan. Pursuant to the terms of the 1999 Plan, the Board of Directors may delegate authority under the 1999 Plan to one or more committees of the Board of Directors, and subject to certain limitations, to one or more executive officers of the Company. The Board of Directors has authorized the Compensation Committee to administer certain aspects of the 1999 Plan, including the granting of options to executive officers, and has also authorized an Option Committee of the Board of Directors, consisting of Mr. Saylor, to grant options subject to certain limitations set by the Board of Directors. Subject to any applicable limitations contained in the 1999 Plan, the Board of Directors, the Compensation Committee, the Option Committee, or any other committee or executive officer to whom the Board of Directors delegates authority, as the case may be, selects the recipients of Awards and determines (i) the number of shares of Class A Common Stock covered by options and the dates upon which such options become exercisable, (ii) the exercise price of options and (iii) the duration of options.

The Board of Directors is required to make appropriate adjustments in connection with the 1999 Plan and any outstanding Awards to reflect stock dividends, stock splits and certain other events. In the event of a merger or other Acquisition Event (as defined in the 1999 Plan), the Board of Directors must provide for outstanding options to be assumed, or substituted for, by the acquiring or succeeding corporation. In the event that the acquiring or succeeding corporation does not agree to assume, or substitute for, such options, the exercisability of all outstanding options will accelerate. In certain circumstances, the Board of Directors may also provide for a cash out of the value of any outstanding options. If any Award expires or is terminated, surrendered, canceled or forfeited, the unused shares of Class A Common Stock covered by such Award will again be available for grant under the 1999 Plan subject, however, to any limitations under the Code.

Amendment or Termination

No Award may be made under the 1999 Plan on or after April 21, 2009, but Awards previously granted may extend beyond that date. The Board of Directors may at any time amend, suspend or terminate the 1999 Plan, except that no Award designated as subject to Section 162(m) of the Code by the Board of Directors after the date of such amendment shall become exercisable, realizable or vested (to the extent such amendment was required to grant such Award) unless and until such amendment shall have been approved by the Company's stockholders.

Federal Income Tax Consequences

The following is a summary of the United States federal income tax consequences that generally will arise with respect to Awards granted under the 1999 Plan and with respect to the sale of Class A Common Stock acquired under the 1999 Plan. This summary is based on the federal tax laws in effect as of the date of this proxy statement. Changes to the laws could alter the tax consequences described below.

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Incentive Stock Options

In general, a participant will not recognize taxable income upon the grant or exercise of an incentive stock option. Instead, a participant will recognize taxable income with respect to an incentive stock option only upon the sale of Class A Common Stock acquired through the exercise of the option ("ISO Stock"). The exercise of an incentive stock option, however, may subject the participant to the alternative minimum tax.

Generally, the tax consequences of selling ISO Stock will vary with the length of time that the participant has owned the ISO Stock at the time it is sold. If the participant sells ISO Stock after having owned it for more than two years from the date the option was granted (the "Grant Date") and one year from the date the option was exercised (the "Exercise Date"), then the participant will recognize long-term capital gain in an amount equal to the excess of the sale price of the ISO Stock over the exercise price.

If the participant sells ISO Stock for more than the exercise price prior to having owned it for more than two years from the Grant Date and one year from the Exercise Date (a "Disqualifying Disposition"), then all or a portion of the gain recognized by the participant will be ordinary compensation income and the remaining gain, if any, will be a capital gain. This capital gain will be a long-term capital gain if the participant has held the ISO Stock for more than one year prior to the date of sale.

If a participant sells ISO Stock for less than the exercise price, then the participant will recognize capital loss in an amount equal to the excess of the exercise price over the sale price of the ISO Stock. This capital loss will be a long-term capital loss if the participant has held the ISO Stock for more than one year prior to the date of sale.

Non-statutory Stock Options

As in the case of an incentive stock option, a participant will not recognize taxable income upon the grant of a non-statutory stock option. Unlike the case of an incentive stock option, however, a participant who exercises a non-statutory stock option generally will recognize ordinary compensation income in an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock acquired through the exercise of the option ("NSO Stock") on the Exercise Date over the exercise price.

With respect to any NSO Stock, a participant will have a tax basis equal to the exercise price plus any income recognized upon the exercise of the option. Upon selling NSO Stock, a participant generally will recognize capital gain or loss in an amount equal to the difference between the sale price of the NSO Stock and the participant's tax basis in the NSO Stock. This capital gain or loss will be a long-term gain or loss if the participant has held the NSO Stock for more than one year prior to the date of the sale.

Tax Consequences to the Company

The grant of an Award under the 1999 Plan generally will have no tax consequences to the Company. Moreover, in general, neither the exercise of an incentive stock option nor the sale of any Class A Common Stock acquired under the 1999 Plan will have any tax consequences to the Company. However, the Company generally will be entitled to a business-expense deduction with respect to any ordinary compensation income recognized by a participant under the 1999 Plan, including as a result of the exercise of a non-statutory stock option or a Disqualifying Disposition. Any such deduction will be subject to the limitations of Section 162(m) of the Code.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE PROPOSED AMENDED AND

RESTATED 1999 STOCK OPTION PLAN.

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PROPOSAL 3

TO APPROVE THE AMENDED AND RESTATED 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR
FRENCH EMPLOYEES TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK
RESERVED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE PLAN FROM 600,000 TO 800,000 SHARES.

Introduction

A proposal will be presented at the Annual Meeting that the stockholders approve the Company's Amended and Restated 1997 Stock Option Plan for French Employees (the "1997 French Plan") to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under the plan from 600,000 to 800,000 shares (subject to a proportionate adjustment for certain changes in the Company's capitalization, such as a stock split). The proposed increase in the number of shares available for grant under the 1997 French Plan requires the approval by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by the holders of Common Stock present, or represented, and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

As of April 20, 2001, options to purchase 304,486 shares of the 600,000 shares currently authorized under the 1997 French Plan were outstanding. On April 17, 2001, the Board of Directors adopted, subject to stockholder approval, the proposed increase in the number of shares available for issuance under the 1997 French Plan to ensure that the Company will have a sufficient number of shares of Class A Common Stock available under the 1997 French Plan to continue to provide option grants to attract, retain and motivate French personnel.

Description of the 1997 French Plan

The following is a brief summary of the 1997 French Plan. The following summary is qualified in its entirety by the 1997 French Plan.

The 1997 French Plan provides for the grant to employees of a subsidiary of the Company located in the Republic of France of options to purchase up to 800,000 shares of Class A Common Stock, subject to stockholder approval. The Board of Directors, as the administrator of the 1997 French Plan, has the absolute discretion to determine the level of and terms and conditions of stock option awards consistent with the 1997 French Plan. Pursuant to the terms of the 1997 French Plan, the Board of Directors may delegate authority under the 1997 French Plan to one or more committees of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has authorized the Compensation Committee to administer certain aspects of the 1997 French Plan, including the granting of options to executive officers, and has also authorized an Option Committee of the Board of Directors, consisting of Mr. Saylor, to grant options, subject to certain limitations set by the Board of Directors. The 1997 French Plan allows for the grant of options which are exercisable at not less than 100% of the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date of grant.

Awards Under the 1997 French Plan

The 1997 French Plan provides that the Administrator (as defined below under "Administration") may determine which employees are granted options to purchase Class A Common Stock. The Administrator may also determine the number of shares to be subject to, and the terms and conditions of, such options consistent with the 1997 French Plan. In addition, the Administrator may impose such conditions on the grant of such options as it deems appropriate.

Each option is evidenced by a written stock option agreement executed by the Company and the optionee. At the time an option is granted, the Administrator will determine the terms and conditions to be satisfied before shares shall be deemed vested, as well as the dates on which the option shall be exercisable.

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Payment for Shares

Options that are vested may be exercised in whole or in part, but an option may not be exercised for a fraction of a share. The Administrator determines the acceptable form of consideration for exercising an option, including the method of payment. Such consideration may consist of (i) cash or check (denominated in U.S. dollars); (ii) wire transfer (denominated in U.S. dollars); (iii) consideration received by the Company under a cashless exercise program; or (iv) any combination of the foregoing methods of payment.

Eligibility to Receive Awards

Options under the 1997 French Plan may be granted only to salaried employees of the Company's French subsidiary who do not own more than 10% of the voting power of all classes of stock of the Company, or any parent or subsidiary, and who are residents of the Republic of France.

Plan Benefits

As of April 20, 2001, approximately 16 persons were eligible to receive option grants under the 1997 French Plan. The granting of options under the 1997 French Plan is discretionary and the Company cannot now determine the number or value of options to be granted in the future to any particular person or group. On April 20, 2001, the last reported sales price of the Company's Class A Common Stock on the Nasdaq National Market was $5.64.

Administration

The 1997 French Plan is administered by the Board of Directors, which may delegate its decision making responsibility with respect to the 1997 French Plan to a committee (the Board of Directors or such committee thereof being the "Administrator"). The Board of Directors has authorized the Compensation Committee to administer certain aspects of the 1997 French Plan, including the granting of options to executive officers, and has also authorized an Option Committee of the Board of Directors, consisting of Mr. Saylor, to grant options, subject to certain limitations set by the Board of Directors. Under the 1997 French Plan, the Administrator has the power to interpret the 1997 French Plan and the options, and to adopt such rules for the administration, interpretation and application of the 1997 French Plan as are consistent with the 1997 French Plan.

The 1997 French Plan provides for appropriate adjustments in the number and kind of shares subject to the 1997 French Plan and to outstanding grants thereunder in the event that the outstanding shares of stock subject to the options are changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares of the Company or securities of the Company by reason of a merger, consolidation, stock split, stock dividend or certain other types of recapitalizations or combination of shares.

Options to acquire Class A Common Stock granted under the 1997 French Plan may provide for termination of the options upon the liquidation or dissolution of the Company. In the event of a merger of the Company with or into another corporation, the sale of substantially all of the assets of the Company or a "change in control" (as defined in the 1997 French Plan), each outstanding option shall be assumed or an equivalent option substituted by the successor corporation. In the event that the successor corporation does not agree to assume the option or to substitute an equivalent option, the option shall be deemed exercisable to the extent of the greater of (i) 40% of the number of shares subject to the option or (ii) the number of shares then vested immediately prior to the occurrence of the "change of control."

No option granted under the 1997 French Plan may be assigned or transferred by the optionee, except by will or the laws of intestate succession. During the lifetime of the holder of any option, the option may be exercised only by the holder.

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Amendment and Termination

The 1997 French Plan may be wholly or partially amended or otherwise modified, suspended or terminated at any time by the Administrator. The Company is required to obtain stockholder approval of any amendment to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with applicable laws. Neither the amendment, suspension, nor termination of the 1997 French Plan will impair any rights or obligations under any previously granted option without the consent of the holder of the option.

Income Tax Consequences

The following is a summary of the United States federal income tax consequences that generally will arise with respect to options granted under the 1997 French Plan and with respect to the sale of Class A Common Stock acquired under the 1997 French Plan. This summary does not provide applicable income tax consequences with respect to option grants or sale of Class A Common Stock acquired under the 1997 French Plan under state or foreign law.

Tax Consequences to Participants

A participant will not recognize taxable income upon the grant of an option under the 1997 French Plan. Nevertheless, a participant generally will recognize ordinary compensation income upon the exercise of the option in an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock acquired through the exercise of the option (the "Option Stock") on the exercise date over the exercise price.

A participant will have a tax basis for any Option Stock equal to the exercise price plus any income recognized with respect to the option. Upon selling Option Stock, a participant generally will recognize capital gain or loss in an amount equal to the difference between the sale price of the Option Stock and the participant's tax basis in the Option Stock. This capital gain or loss will be a long-term capital gain or loss if the participant has held the Option Stock for more than one year prior to the date of the sale and will be a short-term capital gain or loss if the participant has held the Option Stock for a shorter period.

Tax Consequences to the Company

The grant of an option under the 1997 French Plan will have no direct tax consequences to the Company. However, the Company's French subsidiary may be entitled to a business-expense deduction under certain circumstances with respect to any ordinary compensation income recognized by a participant under the 1997 French Plan, and such a deduction may have an indirect effect on the Company's federal income tax situation.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE PROPOSED AMENDED AND

RESTATED 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR FRENCH EMPLOYEES.

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PROPOSAL 4

TO APPROVE THE ISSUANCE OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK UPON CONVERSION OF
SHARES OF SERIES A CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND AS DIVIDENDS THEREON.

On June 19, 2000, the Company issued 12,500 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $10,000 stated value per share (the "Series A Preferred Shares"), in a private placement to institutional investors. The net proceeds of the offering, after expenses, were approximately $119.5 million.

On June 14, 2001, the Company and the holders of the Series A Preferred Shares agreed to a refinancing of 11,850 of the Series A Preferred Shares. The Company redeemed or exchanged 11,850 Series A Preferred Shares for shares of Class A Common Stock, Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, Series D Convertible Preferred Stock and Series E Convertible Preferred Stock, leaving 650 Series A Preferred Shares outstanding. In addition, the Company has the option to redeem for cash $1.2 million stated value of its outstanding Series A Preferred Shares, or 120 shares, until December 11, 2001, if such shares have not been converted into Class A Common Stock.

In accordance with Nasdaq Rule 4350, which generally requires stockholder approval for the issuance of securities representing 20% or more of an issuer's outstanding listed securities, and under the terms of the agreement pursuant to which we sold the Series A Preferred Shares, we must solicit stockholder approval of the issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock upon conversion of or in lieu of cash dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares, if the issuance thereof would have otherwise been limited by the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market. If we obtain stockholder approval, there is no limit on the number of shares that could be issued upon conversion of or in lieu of cash dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares and such issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock will no longer be subject to stockholder approval under Nasdaq Rule 4350. If we do not obtain stockholder approval and, therefore, are not obligated to issue shares representing 20% or more of the number of shares outstanding due to restrictions relating to Nasdaq Rule 4350 that we are otherwise contractually required to issue, we may be required to redeem all or a portion of the outstanding Series A Preferred Shares.

The Company may require the holders to convert their Series A Preferred Shares into shares of Class A Common Stock on June 19, 2002, which date may be extended under some circumstances. If the Company does not require the holders to convert their Series A Preferred Shares, then the Company must redeem them. The holders have the right to convert their Series A Preferred Shares into shares of Class A Common Stock at any time and from time to time, subject to certain limitations on their percentage ownership of outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock. The number of shares of Class A Common stock issuable on conversion of a Series A Preferred Share is determined by dividing the sum of $10,000 plus accrued and unpaid dividends by the applicable conversion price. If conversion occurs at the election of the holder of the Series A Preferred Shares, then the applicable conversion price will be the conversion price then in effect, as it may have been adjusted annually based on the market price of our Class A Common Stock. If the Company requires conversion at the maturity date pursuant to the terms of the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Rights (the "Series A Certificate of Designations"), the applicable conversion price will be 95% of the average of the dollar volume-weighted average prices of the Class A Common Stock during the 30 consecutive trading days immediately prior to the date the Company requires such conversion.

To the extent the Series A Preferred Shares are converted or dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares are paid in shares of Class A Common Stock rather than cash, a significant number of additional shares of Class A Common Stock may be sold into the market, which could decrease the price of the shares of Class A Common Stock. In that case, the Company could be required to issue an increasingly greater number of shares of Class A Common Stock upon future conversions of the Series A Preferred Shares, sales of which could further depress the price of our Class A Common Stock. If the sale of a large number of shares of Class A Common Stock upon conversion of or payment of dividends in lieu of cash on the Series A Preferred Shares results in a decline in

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the price of the Class A Common Stock, this event could encourage short sales by the holders or others. Short sales could place further downward pressure on the price of the Class A Common Stock.

The conversion of and the payment of dividends in shares of Class A Common Stock in lieu of cash on the Series A Preferred Shares may result in substantial dilution to the interest of other holders of the Class A Common Stock. Even though no holder may convert its Series A Preferred Shares if upon such conversion such holder, together with its affiliates, would have acquired a number of shares of Class A Common Stock during the 60-day period ending on the date of conversion which, when added to the number of shares of Class A Common Stock held at the beginning of such 60-day period, would exceed 9.99% of our then outstanding Class A Common Stock (excluding, for purposes of such determination, shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Series A Preferred Shares which have not been converted), this restriction does not prevent a holder from selling a substantial number of shares in the market. By periodically selling shares into the market, an individual holder could eventually sell more than 9.99% of the Company's Class A Common Stock while never holding more than 9.99% at any specific time.

The following table illustrates the number of shares of Class A Common Stock the Company would be required to issue upon conversion of (1) the 120 Series A Preferred Shares that may remain outstanding if the Company does not elect to redeem such 120 shares and (2) the 530 Series A Preferred Shares that will remain outstanding, at an assumed conversion price of $33.39 per share of Class A Common Stock as of April 20, 2001, and the resulting percentage of the Company's total shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding after such conversion. The table also illustrates the number of shares of Class A Common Stock the Company would be required to issue assuming (i) increases of 25%, 50%, 75% and 90% in the assumed conversion price and (ii) decreases of 25%, 50%, 75% and 90% in the assumed conversion price.

                                  Assumed
                                 Conversion    Number of
                                 Price Per     Shares of
                                  Share of      Class A       Percentage of
                                  Class A     Common Stock    Common Stock
Series A Preferred Shares       Common Stock  Issuable(1)  after Conversion(2)
-------------------------       ------------  ------------ -------------------
Conversion of 120 Series A
 Preferred Shares.............. $63.43 (+90%)     18,918          0.02%
                                $58.42 (+75%)     20,539          0.03%
                                $50.08 (+50%)     23,963          0.03%
                                $41.73 (+25%)     28,755          0.04%
                                $33.39   (0%)     35,944          0.04%
                                $25.04 (-25%)     47,925          0.06%
                                $16.69 (-50%)     71,888          0.09%
                                $ 8.35 (-75%)    143,775          0.17%
                                $ 3.34 (-90%)    359,439          0.44%

Conversion of 530 Series A
 Preferred Shares.............. $63.43 (+90%)     83,554          0.10%
                                $58.42 (+75%)     90,715          0.11%
                                $50.08 (+50%)    105,835          0.13%
                                $41.73 (+25%)    127,002          0.15%
                                $33.39   (0%)    158,752          0.19%
                                $25.04 (-25%)    211,669          0.26%
                                $16.69 (-50%)    317,504          0.39%
                                $ 8.35 (-75%)    635,008          0.77%
                                $ 3.34 (-90%)  1,587,520          1.90%


(1) The number of shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon conversion and the percentage of outstanding Class A Common Stock after such conversion set forth above do not take into account any

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shares of Class A Common Stock that may be issuable as dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares. If the dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares are required to be paid in Class A Common Stock for the remaining 120 Series A Preferred Shares from March 31, 2001, the last dividend payment date prior to the date of this proxy statement, to June 19, 2002, the maturity date of such 120 Series A Preferred Shares, assuming a constant dividend conversion price of $5.64, which was the closing sale price of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001, and assuming all 120 Series A Preferred Shares remain outstanding until the maturity date, we would be required to issue an additional 18,158 shares as payment for accrued dividends. If the dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares are required to be paid in Class A Common Stock for the remaining 530 Series A Preferred Shares from March 31, 2001, the last dividend payment date prior to the date of this proxy statement, to June 19, 2002, the maturity date of such 530 Series A Preferred Shares, assuming a constant dividend conversion price of $5.64, which was the closing sale price of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001, and assuming all 530 Series A Preferred Shares remain outstanding until the maturity date, we would be required to issue an additional 80,198 shares as payment for accrued dividends.

(2) Calculated based on 31,146,465 shares of Class A Common Stock and 50,975,624 shares of Class B Common Stock (which is convertible into Class A Common Stock on a one for one basis) issued and outstanding as of April 20, 2001.

The Series A Preferred Shares carry a dividend rate of 7% per annum, payable quarterly or upon conversion or redemption. At the Company's option, the dividend may be paid in cash or shares of Class A Common Stock, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions. If the Company chooses to pay dividends in shares of Class A Common Stock, the number of shares to be issued in payment of the dividend on the Series A Preferred Shares will be equal to the accrued dividends divided by the dividend conversion price. For purposes of such calculation, the dividend conversion price will be equal to 95% of the average of the dollar volume-weighted average prices of a share of Class A Common Stock during the five consecutive trading days immediately preceding the dividend date.

The Series A Preferred Shares mature on June 19, 2002, subject to extension in certain circumstances, at which time the Series A Preferred Shares must either be redeemed or converted at the Company's option. If the Company elects to redeem any Series A Preferred Shares outstanding on June 19, 2002, the amount required to be paid will be equal to the price originally paid for such shares, plus accrued and unpaid dividends. If the Company elects to convert any Series A Preferred Shares outstanding on June 19, 2002, it will be required to issue shares of Class A Common Stock in an amount determined as described above.

If a triggering event, as described in the Series A Certificate of Designations, occurs, the holders of the Series A Preferred Shares will have the right to require the Company to redeem all or a portion of any outstanding Series A Preferred Shares for cash. The redemption price in such a case is the greater of: (1) 125% of the price paid for the Series A Preferred Shares plus accrued dividends; or (2) the product of the number of shares of Class A Common Stock into which the Series A Preferred Stock is convertible multiplied by the closing sale price of a share of Class A Common Stock on the day immediately before the triggering event occurs.

In the event of a merger transaction, a hostile takeover or a sale of all or substantially all of the Company's assets, each holder of the Series A Preferred Shares at its option has the right to require the Company to redeem all or a portion of such holder's preferred shares at a price equal to 125% of the price paid for such shares plus accrued dividends.

In the event of the Company's liquidation, the holders of the Series A Preferred Shares will be entitled to a liquidation preference before any amounts are paid to the holders of Class A Common Stock. The liquidation preference is equal to the amount originally paid for the Series A Preferred Shares, or $10,000 per share, plus accrued and unpaid dividends on any outstanding Series A Preferred Shares.

Other than as required by law, the holders of the Series A Preferred Shares have no voting rights except that the consent of holders of at least two- thirds of the outstanding Series A Preferred Shares will be required to

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effect any change in the Company's Certificate of Incorporation or the Series A Certificate of Designations that would change any of the rights of the Series A Preferred Shares or to issue any additional Series A Preferred Shares.

The terms of the Series A Preferred Shares are complex and only briefly summarized in this proxy statement. Stockholders wishing further information concerning the rights, preferences and terms of the Series A Preferred Shares are referred to the full description contained in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 19, 2000 and the exhibits to such report.

In connection with the Company's issuance of the Series A Preferred Shares, the Company filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the SEC on August 3, 2000, as amended on October 19, 2000 and November 22, 2000. That registration statement covers the resale of the shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable upon conversion of or in lieu of cash dividends on the Series A Preferred Shares that the holders acquired from the Company in the private placement transaction.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE ISSUANCE OF SHARES OF

CLASS A COMMON STOCK WITH RESPECT TO THE SERIES A CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK.

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PROPOSAL 5

TO APPROVE THE ISSUANCE OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK (I) UPON EXCHANGE OF SHARES OF SERIES A CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND (II) UPON CONVERSION OF SHARES OF SERIES B CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES C CONVERTIBLE STOCK, SERIES D CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND SERIES E CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK ISSUED IN EXCHANGE FOR SHARES OF SERIES A CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK
(INCLUDING ANY SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK ISSUABLE IN LIEU OF
CASH DIVIDENDS THEREON).

On June 19, 2000, the Company issued 12,500 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $10,000 stated value per share (the "Series A Preferred Shares"), in a private placement to institutional investors. The net proceeds of the offering, after expenses, were approximately $119.5 million.

On June 14, 2001, the Company and the holders of the Series A Preferred Shares agreed to a refinancing of 11,850 of the Series A Preferred Shares, leaving 650 Series A Preferred Shares outstanding. The Company redeemed or exchanged these 11,850 Series A Preferred Shares as follows:

. $12.5 million stated value of the Series A Preferred Shares, or 1,250 shares, were redeemed for $12.5 million in cash;

. $38.75 million stated value of the Series A Preferred Shares, or 3,875 shares, and accrued dividends on all Series A Preferred Shares being exchanged were exchanged for 5,568,466 shares of Class A Common Stock and $16.261 million stated value of Series D Convertible Preferred Stock (the "Series D Preferred Shares") with a fixed conversion price of $5.00 per share;

. $33.125 million stated value of the Series A Preferred Shares, or 3,312.5 shares, were exchanged for an equivalent stated value of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (the "Series B Preferred Shares") with a conversion price of $12.50 per share, subject to adjustment at maturity if the Company elects to mandatorily convert these shares into Class A Common Stock;

. $27.825 million stated value of the Series A Preferred Shares, or 2,782.5 shares, were exchanged for an equivalent stated value of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock (the "Series C Preferred Shares"), with a conversion price of $17.50 per share, subject to adjustment at maturity if the Company elects to mandatorily convert these shares into Class A Common Stock; and

. $6.3 million stated value of the Series A Preferred Shares, or 630 shares, were exchanged for an equivalent stated value of Series E Convertible Preferred Stock (the "Series E Preferred Shares") with a conversion price per share equal to the average of the volume-weighted average prices of the Class A Common Stock during the ten consecutive trading days immediately preceding December 11, 2001.

As part of the refinancing, the Company has the option to redeem for cash $1.2 million stated value of its outstanding Series A Preferred Shares, or 120 shares, until December 11, 2001, if such shares have not been converted into Class A Common Stock. If the Company does not exercise its option to redeem such 120 shares, an aggregate of 650 Series A Preferred Shares will remain outstanding, assuming none of such shares are converted. These 650 Series A Preferred Shares may be converted by the holders prior to maturity or by the Company at maturity for shares of Class A Common Stock and accrue dividends payable at the Company's option in shares of Class A Common Stock in lieu of cash as described under "Proposal 4."

The Series B Preferred Shares and the Series C Preferred Shares accrue dividends payable in cash or Class A Common Stock. The aggregate number of shares of Class A Common Stock which may be issued as dividends on the Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares are collectively referred to in this proposal as the "Dividend Shares." The Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares and Series D Preferred Shares can be converted into Class A Common Stock by the holder at any time or by the Company three years after the date of issuance. The Series E Preferred Shares can be converted into Class A Common Stock by the holder at

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any time beginning on December 11, 2001. The aggregate number of shares of Class A Common Stock into which the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares may be converted are collectively referred to in this proposal as the "Conversion Shares."

In accordance with Nasdaq Rule 4350, which generally requires stockholder approval for the issuance of securities representing 20% or more of an issuer's outstanding listed securities, and under the terms of the agreements pursuant to which we have redeemed or exchanged the Series A Preferred Shares, we must solicit stockholder approval of the issuance of Class A Common Stock in exchange for Series A Preferred Shares and the issuance of the Conversion Shares and the Dividend Shares, if the issuance of these securities would have otherwise been limited by the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market. If we obtain stockholder approval, there is no limit on the aggregate number of shares of Class A Common Stock that could be issued upon exchange of Series A Preferred Shares, upon the conversion of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares and in lieu of cash dividends on the Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares. If we do not obtain stockholder approval and, therefore, are not obligated to issue shares representing 20% or more of the number of shares outstanding due to restrictions relating to Nasdaq Rule 4350 that we are otherwise contractually required to issue, we may be required to redeem all or a portion of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares.

The Company may require holders to convert their Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares into shares of Class A Common Stock on the maturity date of June 14, 2004, which date may be extended under some circumstances. If the Company does not require the holders to convert their Series B Preferred Shares or Series C Preferred Shares, then the Company must redeem them. In addition, the holders have the right to convert their Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares into shares of Class A Common Stock at any time and from time to time, subject to certain limitations on their percentage ownership of outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock. The number of shares of Class A Common Stock issuable on conversion of a Series B Preferred Share or Series C Preferred Share is determined by dividing the sum of $10,000 plus any accrued and unpaid dividends by the applicable conversion price per share. If the conversion is at the option of the holder, the applicable conversion price for the Series B Preferred Shares is $12.50 per share and the applicable conversion price of the Series C Preferred Shares is $17.50 per share, each subject to adjustment under certain circumstances. If the Company requires conversion at the maturity date pursuant to the terms of the Certificate of Designations relating to the Series B Preferred Shares and the Certificate of Designations relating to the Series C Preferred Shares, the applicable conversion price will be 95% of the average of the dollar volume- weighted average prices of the Class A Common Stock during the 30 consecutive trading days immediately prior to the date the Company requires such conversion.

The Company is required to convert any Series D Preferred Shares outstanding at the maturity date of June 14, 2004. In addition, the holders have the right to convert their Series D Preferred Shares into shares of Class A Common Stock at any time and from time to time, subject to certain limitations on their percentage ownership of outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock. The Company is required to issue 2,000 shares of Class A Common Stock upon conversion of each Series D Preferred Share.

The Series E Preferred Shares have a maturity date of June 14, 2004 and can be converted into Class A Common Stock by the holder at any time beginning on December 11, 2001, based on a conversion price equal to the average of the volume-weighted average prices of the Class A Common Stock during the ten consecutive trading days immediately preceding December 11, 2001.

To the extent the remaining 650 Series A Preferred Shares, Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares or Series E Preferred Shares are converted into Conversion Shares or dividends on the remaining 650 Series A Preferred Shares, Series B Preferred Shares or Series C Preferred Shares are paid in Dividend Shares rather than cash, a significant number of additional shares of Class A Common Stock may be sold into the market, which could decrease the price of the shares of Class A Common Stock. In that case, the Company

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could be required to issue an increasingly greater aggregate number of shares of Class A Common Stock as Conversion Shares upon future conversions of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares and as Dividend Shares on the Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares, sales of which could further depress the price of our Class A Common Stock. If the sale of a large number of shares of Class A Common Stock upon the issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock as Conversion Shares or as Dividend Shares results in a decline in the price of the Class A Common Stock, this event could encourage short sales by the holders or others. Short sales could place further downward pressure on the price of the Class A Common Stock.

The exchange of the Series A Preferred Shares for Class A Common Stock and the issuance of Conversion Shares or Dividend Shares may result in substantial dilution to the interest of other holders of the Class A Common Stock. Even though no holder may convert its Series A Preferred Shares, Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares or Series E Preferred Shares if upon such conversion such holder, together with its affiliates, would have acquired a number of shares of Class A Common Stock during the 60-day period ending on the date of conversion which, when added to the number of shares of Class A Common Stock held at the beginning of such 60- day period, would exceed 9.99% of our then outstanding Class A Common Stock (excluding, for purposes of such determination, shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Series A Preferred Shares, Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares which have not been converted), this restriction does not prevent a holder from selling a substantial number of shares in the market. By periodically selling shares into the market, an individual holder could eventually sell more than 9.99% of the Company's Class A Common Stock while never holding more than 9.99% at any specific time.

The following table illustrates the number of shares of Class A Common Stock the Company would be required to issue upon conversion of 530 Series A Preferred Shares, an additional 120 Series A Preferred Shares (if such shares are not redeemed by the Company) and all Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares issued in connection with the refinancing of the Series A Preferred Shares at (1) the conversion prices of the Series A Preferred Shares, Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares applicable prior to maturity and at an assumed conversion price of $5.64 per share for the Series E Preferred Shares (the closing price of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001) and (2) at the assumed conversion prices of the Series A Preferred Shares, Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares at maturity and at the assumed conversion price of $5.64 per share for the Series E Preferred Shares and assuming increases of 25%, 50% and 75% in such assumed conversion prices and assuming decreases of 25%, 50% and 75% in such assumed conversion prices, and the resulting percentage of the Company's total shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock outstanding after such exchange and conversion. The table also illustrates the resulting percentage of the Company's total shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding after issuance by the Company upon exchange of 3,875 Series A Preferred Shares of an aggregate of 5,568,466 shares of Class A Common Stock and 3,252,200 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series D Preferred Shares.

                           Conversion
                           Price Per
                             Share      Number of Shares of    Percentage of
Series of Preferred        of Class A     Class A Common       Common Stock
Stock                     Common Stock   Stock Issuable(1)  after Conversion(2)
-------------------       ------------  ------------------- -------------------
Conversion of 530 Series
 A Preferred Shares
 prior to maturity......  $58.42(+75%)         90,715              0.11%
                          $50.08(+50%)        105,835              0.13%
                          $41.73(+25%)        127,002              0.15%
                          $33.39  (0%)        158,752              0.19%
                          $25.04 (-25%)       211,669              0.26%
                          $16.69 (-50%)       317,504              0.39%
                          $ 8.35 (-75%)       635,008              0.77%

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                          Conversion Price
                             Per Share     Number of Shares of    Percentage of
Series of Preferred          of Class A      Class A Common       Common Stock
Stock                       Common Stock    Stock Issuable(1)  after Conversion(2)
-------------------       ---------------- ------------------- -------------------
Conversion of 530 Series
 A Preferred Shares at
 maturity(3)............    $ 9.87 (+75%)         536,981              0.65%
                            $ 8.46 (+50%)         626,478              0.76%
                            $ 7.05 (+25%)         751,773              0.91%
                            $ 5.64  (0%)          939,716              1.13%
                            $ 4.23 (-25%)       1,252,955              1.50%
                            $ 2.82 (-50%)       1,879,433              2.24%
                            $ 1.41 (-75%)       3,758,865              4.38%
Conversion of 120 Series
 A Preferred Shares
 prior to maturity......    $58.42(+75%)           20,539              0.03%
                            $50.08(+50%)           23,963              0.03%
                            $41.73(+25%)           28,755              0.04%
                            $33.39  (0%)           35,944              0.04%
                            $25.04 (-25%)          47,925              0.06%
                            $16.69 (-50%)          71,888              0.09%
                            $ 8.35 (-75%)         143,775              0.17%
Conversion of 120 Series
 A Preferred Shares at
 maturity(3)............    $ 9.87(+75%)          121,581              0.15%
                            $ 8.46(+50%)          141,844              0.17%
                            $ 7.05(+25%)          170,213              0.21%
                            $ 5.64  (0%)          212,766              0.26%
                            $ 4.23 (-25%)         283,688              0.34%
                            $ 2.82 (-50%)         425,532              0.52%
                            $ 1.41 (-75%)         851,064              1.03%
Conversion of Series B
 Preferred Shares by
 holders prior to
 maturity...............    $12.50              2,650,000              3.13%
Conversion of Series B
 Preferred Shares by the
 Company at
 maturity(3)............    $ 9.87(+75%)        3,356,130              3.93%
                            $ 8.46(+50%)        3,915,485              4.55%
                            $ 7.05(+25%)        4,698,582              5.41%
                            $ 5.64  (0%)        5,873,227              6.67%
                            $ 4.23 (-25%)       7,830,969              8.71%
                            $ 2.82 (-50%)      11,746,454             12.51%
                            $ 1.41 (-75%)      23,492,908             22.24%
Conversion of Series C
 Preferred Shares by
 holders prior to
 maturity...............    $17.50              1,590,000              1.90%
Conversion of Series C
 Preferred Shares by the
 Company at
 maturity(3)............    $ 9.87(+75%)        2,819,149              3.32%
                            $ 8.46(+50%)        3,289,007              3.85%
                            $ 7.05(+25%)        3,946,809              4.59%
                            $ 5.64  (0%)        4,933,511              5.67%
                            $ 4.23 (-25%)       6,578,014              7.42%
                            $ 2.82 (-50%)       9,867,021             10.73%
                            $ 1.41 (-75%)      19,734,043             19.37%
Conversion of Series D
 Preferred Shares.......    $ 5.00              3,252,200              3.81%

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                          Conversion Price
                             Per Share        Number of Shares of    Percentage of
Series of Preferred          of Class A         Class A Common       Common Stock
Stock                       Common Stock       Stock Issuable(1)  after Conversion(2)
-------------------       ----------------    ------------------- -------------------
Conversion of Series E
 Preferred Shares(3)....      $9.87(+75%)            638,298             0.77%
                              $8.46(+50%)            744,681             0.90%
                              $7.05(+25%)            893,617             1.08%
                              $5.64  (0%)          1,117,021             1.34%
                              $4.23 (-25%)         1,489,362             1.78%
                              $2.82 (-50%)         2,234,043             2.65%
                              $1.41 (-75%)         4,468,085             5.16%
Exchange of 2,515 Series
 A Preferred Shares for
 Class A Common Stock...   Not Applicable          5,568,466             6.35%


(1) The number of shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon conversion or exchange as set forth in the table above does not include any shares of Class A Common Stock that may be issuable as dividends on the remaining 650 Series A Preferred Shares, the Series B Preferred Shares or the Series C Preferred Shares. If the dividends on the remaining 650 Series A Preferred Shares are required to be paid in Class A Common Stock from March 31, 2001, the last dividend payment date prior to the date of this proxy statement, to June 19, 2002, the maturity date of such 650 Series A Preferred Shares, assuming a constant dividend conversion price of $5.64, which was the closing sale price of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001, and assuming all 650 Series A Preferred Shares remain outstanding until the maturity date, we would be required to issue an additonal 98,356 shares as payment for accrued dividends. If we were to pay dividends on the Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares over the three-year term thereof in shares of Class A Common Stock, assuming a constant dividend conversion price of $5.64, which was the closing sale price of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001, and assuming all Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares remain outstanding for the entire three-year term, we would be required to issue an additional 4,052,527 shares of Class A Common Stock in respect of such dividends.
(2) Calculated based on 31,146,465 shares of Class A Common Stock and 50,975,624 shares of Class B Common Stock (which is convertible into Class A Common Stock on a one for one basis) issued and outstanding as of April 20, 2001.
(3) Based upon an assumed conversion price of $5.64, which was the closing sale price of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001.

The Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares carry a dividend rate of 12.5% per annum, payable beginning on the earlier of (a) October 1, 2001 and (b) the later of July 1, 2001 and the date that is 10 days after the date that the registration statement filed with respect to the shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon conversion of, or payable as dividends on, the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares is declared effective by the SEC, and quarterly thereafter or upon conversion or redemption of the Series B Preferred Shares or Series C Preferred Shares. At the Company's option, the dividends on the Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares may be paid in cash or Dividend Shares, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions. If the Company chooses to pay dividends in Dividend Shares, the number of Dividend Shares to be issued will be equal to the accrued dividends divided by the dividend conversion price. For purposes of such calculation, the dividend conversion price will be equal to 95% of the average of the dollar volume-weighted average prices of a share of Class A Common Stock during the five consecutive trading days immediately preceding the dividend date.

The Series B Preferred Shares and Series C Preferred Shares outstanding at the maturity date must either be redeemed or converted at the Company's option. If the Company elects to redeem any Series B Preferred Shares or Series C Preferred Shares outstanding at maturity, the amount required to be paid will be equal to $10,000 per share, plus accrued and unpaid dividends. If the Company elects to convert any Series B Preferred Shares or Series C Preferred Shares outstanding at maturity, it will be required to issue shares of Class A Common Stock as described above.

The Series E Preferred Shares mature on June 14, 2004 and carry a dividend rate of 12.5% until September 12, 2001, 15% from September 13, 2001 until December 11, 2001 and 17.5% thereafter, accruing daily and

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payable in cash on a quarterly basis. The Company can redeem the Series E Preferred Shares at any time through December 11, 2001, for 105% of the stated value plus accrued and unpaid dividends until October 27, 2001 and for 110% of the stated value plus accrued and unpaid dividends from October 28, 2001 through December 11, 2001. In addition, the holders may require the Company to redeem the Series E Preferred Shares beginning on July 14, 2002 for 120% of the stated value plus accrued and unpaid dividends and may require redemption of the Series E Preferred Shares prior to that date upon specified financing transactions or certain other events. The Company is required to redeem any Series E Preferred Shares outstanding at maturity for $12,000 per share, plus accrued and unpaid dividends.

If a triggering event, as described in the certificates of designations of rights and preferences relating to the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares, occurs, the holders of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares will have the right to require the Company to redeem all or a portion of any such outstanding shares for cash. The redemption price in such a case is the greater of: (1) the conversion price of the Series D Preferred Shares, with respect to the Series D Preferred Shares, or 125% of the applicable conversion price for the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares, plus accrued dividends; or (2) the product of the number of shares of Class A Common Stock into which the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares or Series E Preferred Shares are convertible multiplied by the closing sale price of a share of Class A Common Stock on the day immediately before the triggering event occurs.

In the event of a merger, consolidation, sale of all or substantially all of the Company's assets or related transaction, each holder of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares has the right, at its option, to require the Company to redeem all or a portion of such holder's preferred shares at a price equal to 125% of the price paid for such shares plus accrued dividends.

In the event of the Company's liquidation, the holders of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares will be entitled to a liquidation preference before any amounts are paid to the holders of Class A Common Stock. The liquidation preference is equal to $10,000 per share, plus, in the case of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares or Series E Preferred Shares accrued and unpaid dividends.

Other than as required by law, the holders of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares have no voting rights except that the consent of holders of at least two-thirds of the outstanding shares of each such series of preferred stock will be required to effect any change in the Company's Certificate of Incorporation or the applicable certificate of designations of rights and preferences that would change any of the rights of the shares of such series of preferred stock or to issue any additional shares of such series of preferred stock.

The terms of the exchange of the Series A Preferred Shares for Class A Common Stock, Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares are complex and only briefly summarized in this proxy statement. Stockholders wishing further information concerning the terms of the exchange of the Series A Preferred Shares and the terms, rights and preferences of the Series B Preferred Shares, Series C Preferred Shares, Series D Preferred Shares and Series E Preferred Shares are referred to the full description contained in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 18, 2001 and the exhibits to such report.

In connection with the Company's redemption and exchange of the Series A Preferred Shares, the Company intends to file a registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about June 26, 2001. That registration statement will cover the resale of the shares of Class A Common Stock that were issued in exchange for Series A Preferred Shares and that are issuable as Conversion Shares and Dividend Shares.

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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE ISSUANCE OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK (I) UPON EXCHANGE OF SHARES OF SERIES A CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND (II) UPON CONVERSION OF OR AS DIVIDENDS ON SHARES OF SERIES B CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES C CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES D CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND SERIES E CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK.

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PROPOSAL 6

TO APPROVE THE ISSUANCE OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK UPON CONVERSION OF 7 1/2% SERIES A UNSECURED NOTES TO BE ISSUED TO CLASS MEMBERS PURSUANT TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AMONG THE COMPANY, CERTAIN OF THE COMPANY'S OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS AND PLAINTIFFS' COUNSEL, APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA ON APRIL 2, 2001.

From March through May 2000, twenty-five class action complaints were filed in federal courts in various jurisdictions alleging that the Company and certain of its officers and directors violated Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act, Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, and Section 20(a) and Section 20A of the Exchange Act. These lawsuits were consolidated in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. On July 7, 2000, the lead plaintiffs filed an amended class action complaint naming the Company, certain of the Company's officers and directors, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as defendants. On October 23, 2000, the Company, its officers and directors named as defendants, and plaintiffs' counsel entered into a settlement agreement in the consolidated class action.

Under the settlement agreement, class members will receive: (1) five-year 7 1/2% Series A Unsecured Notes issued by the Company having an original aggregate principal amount of $80.5 million (the "Notes"); (2) 2,777,778 shares of Class A Common Stock; and (3) warrants to purchase 1.9 million shares of Class A Common Stock at an exercise price of $40.00 per share, with the warrants expiring five years from the date they are issued. The settlement was approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on April 2, 2001 and the period from which an appeal could have been taken has expired. The settlement is subject to various closing conditions.

In accordance with Nasdaq Rule 4350, which generally requires stockholder approval for the issuance of securities representing 20% or more of an issuer's outstanding listed securities, we must solicit stockholder approval of the issuance of shares of our Class A Common Stock upon conversion of the Notes, if the issuance of such shares would have otherwise been limited by the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market. If we obtain stockholder approval, there is no limit on the amount of shares that could be issued upon conversion of the Notes. If stockholder approval is not obtained, the Company could not convert the Notes at conversion prices which would result in an issuance of shares of its Class A Common Stock representing 20% or more of the amount then outstanding, or the conversion of the Notes under such circumstances would violate Nasdaq Rule 4350 and the Company's Class A Common Stock could be delisted.

The Company, in its sole discretion, may convert all or any of the Notes, in whole or in part, into shares of Class A Common Stock upon giving 30 days prior written notice to the holders of the Notes. The number of shares into which the Notes may be converted is determined by dividing the principal amount and any accrued but unpaid interest by an amount equal to 80% of the dollar-weighted average trading price for all round lot transactions in the Class A Common Stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market for the ten trading days ending two days prior to the date that written notice is provided of the conversion. The conversion of the Notes may result in substantial dilution to the interest of other holders of the Class A Common Stock.

The following table illustrates the number of shares of Class A Common Stock the Company would be required to issue upon conversion of the Notes at an assumed conversion price of the closing sale price of $5.64 per share of the Class A Common Stock on April 20, 2001, and the resulting percentage of the Company's total shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding after such conversion. The table also illustrates the number of shares of Class A Common Stock the Company would be required to issue assuming (i) increases of 25%, 50% and 75% in the assumed conversion price; and (ii) decreases of 25%, 50% and 75% in the assumed conversion price.

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                                Number of Shares of Class A
Assumed Conversion Price Per    Common Stock Issuable Upon  Percentage of Common Stock
Share of Class A Common Stock           Conversion             After Conversion (1)
-----------------------------   --------------------------- --------------------------
$9.87 (+75%)                            12,664,640                      13%
$8.46 (+50%)                            14,775,414                      15%
$7.05 (+25%)                            17,730,496                      18%
$5.64  (0%)                             22,163,121                      21%
$4.23 (-25%)                            29,550,827                      26%
$2.82 (-50%)                            44,326,241                      35%
$1.41 (-75%)                            88,652,482                      52%


(1) Calculated based on 31,146,465 shares of Class A Common Stock and 50,975,624 shares of Class B Common Stock (which is convertible into shares of Class A Common Stock on a one for one basis) issued and outstanding as of April 20, 2001.

The Notes accrue interest at a rate of 7.5% per annum beginning on April 2, 2001 and payable semi-annually beginning six months after the date of issuance or upon conversion or redemption. The Notes mature five years from the date of issuance, at which time such Notes that have not been redeemed or converted at the Company's option are payable in full.

The Company may elect to convert the Notes into shares of Class A Common Stock as described above. In addition, the Company may at any time elect to redeem any or all of the Notes, in whole or in part, for cash equal to the outstanding principal plus accrued and unpaid interest. The Company may not reduce the outstanding principal amount of the Notes below 60% of the original outstanding principal amount of such Notes, unless the Company redeems or converts into shares of Class A Common Stock the entire remaining outstanding principal amount of the Notes.

The Company may not enter into a merger, consolidation or a sale of all or substantially all of the Company's assets, unless the Company is the surviving entity or the surviving or transferree entity expressly assumes all of the Company's obligations in connection with the Notes and the Indenture dated January 11, 2001 by and between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (the "Indenture") by entering into a supplemental indenture.

The holders of the Notes have no rights as stockholders of the Company unless and until such holder's Notes have been converted into shares of Class A Common Stock. Notes will be deemed converted into shares of Class A Common Stock when notice of conversion is mailed in accordance with the Indenture.

The terms of the Notes and the Indenture are complex and only briefly summarized in this proxy statement. Stockholders wishing further information concerning the rights, preferences and terms of the Notes are referred to the Stipulation of Settlement regarding the settlement of the class action lawsuit dated January 11, 2001 filed as an exhibit to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 2, 2001.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE ISSUANCE OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK UPON CONVERSION OF 7 1/2% SERIES A UNSECURED NOTES TO BE ISSUED TO CLASS MEMBERS PURSUANT TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.

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PROPOSAL 7

TO RATIFY THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS THE
COMPANY'S INDEPENDENT AUDITORS FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR.

The Board of Directors has selected the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company's independent auditors for the current fiscal year. Although stockholder approval of the Board of Directors' selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is not required by law, the Board of Directors believes that it is advisable to give stockholders an opportunity to ratify this selection. If this proposal is not approved at the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors may reconsider its selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting and will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and will also be available to respond to appropriate questions from stockholders.

Independent Auditors Fees and Other Matters

Audit Fees

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP billed the Company an aggregate of $791,742 in fees for professional services rendered in connection with the audit of the Company's financial statements for the most recent fiscal year and the reviews of the financial statements included in each of the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q during Fiscal Year 2000.

Financial Information Systems Design and Implementation Fees

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP did not render any professional services to the Company and its affiliates for Fiscal Year 2000 in connection with financial information systems design or implementation, the operation of the Company's information system or the management of its local area network.

All Other Fees

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP billed the Company an aggregate of $1,268,065 in fees for other services in Fiscal Year 2000 rendered to the Company and its affiliates in connection with the audit and review services described above.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE RATIFICATION OF THE

SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP.

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OTHER MATTERS

The Board of Directors does not know of any other matters which may come before the Annual Meeting. However, if any other matters are properly presented at the Annual Meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the accompanying proxy to vote, or otherwise act, in accordance with their judgment on such matters.

All costs of solicitation of proxies will be borne by the Company. In addition to solicitations by mail, the Company's directors, officers and employees, without additional remuneration, may solicit proxies by telephone, telegraph and personal interviews, and the Company reserves the right to retain outside agencies for the purpose of soliciting proxies. Brokers, custodians and fiduciaries will be requested to forward proxy soliciting material to the owners of stock held in their names, and, as required by law, the Company will reimburse them for their out-of-pocket expenses in this regard.

Stockholder Proposals

Proposals of stockholders intended to be presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "2002 Annual Meeting") must be received by the Company at its principal offices, 1861 International Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102 not later than February 28, 2002 for inclusion in the proxy materials for the 2002 Annual Meeting. The Company suggests that proponents submit their proposals by certified mail, return receipt requested, and proposals must be addressed to the Secretary of the Company.

If a stockholder of the Company wishes to present a proposal before the 2002 Annual Meeting, but does not wish to have the proposal considered for inclusion in the Company's proxy statement and proxy card, such stockholder must also give written notice to the Secretary of the Company at the address noted above. The Secretary must receive such notice by May 14, 2002. If a stockholder fails to provide timely notice of a proposal to be presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting, the proxies designated by the Board of Directors of the Company will have discretionary authority to vote on any such proposal.

By Order of the Board of Directors,

Sanju K. Bansal, Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

June 28, 2001

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HOPES THAT STOCKHOLDERS WILL ATTEND THE MEETING. WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, YOU ARE URGED TO COMPLETE, DATE, SIGN AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY IN THE ACCOMPANYING ENVELOPE. STOCKHOLDERS WHO ATTEND THE MEETING MAY VOTE THEIR STOCK PERSONALLY EVEN IF THEY HAVE SENT IN THEIR PROXIES.

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Appendix A

CHARTER FOR THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OF MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED

(AS AMENDED AND RESTATED)

Purpose:

The Audit Committee will make such examinations as are necessary to monitor the corporate financial reporting and the internal and external audits of MicroStrategy Incorporated and its subsidiaries (the "Company"), to provide to the Board of Directors the results of its examinations and recommendations derived therefrom, to outline to the Board improvements made, or to be made, in internal accounting controls, to nominate independent auditors, and to provide to the Board such additional information and materials as it may deem necessary to make the Board aware of significant financial matters that require Board attention.

In addition, the Audit Committee will undertake those specific duties and responsibilities listed below and such other duties as the Board of Directors from time to time prescribe.

Membership:

The Audit Committee will consist of at least two (2) members of the Board, all of whom shall be independent directors, in accordance with the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. The members of the Audit Committee will be appointed by and will serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities of the Audit Committee:

The Audit Committee shall assist the board of directors in fulfilling their responsibilities to shareholders concerning the Company's accounting and reporting practices, and shall facilitate open communication between the Audit Committee, board of directors, outside auditors, and management. The Audit Committee shall discharge its responsibilities, and shall assess the information provided by the Company's management and the outside auditor, in accordance with its business judgment. The responsibilities set forth herein do not reflect or create any duty or obligation of the Audit Committee to plan, conduct, oversee or determine the appropriate scope of any audit, or to determine that the Company's financial statements are complete, accurate, fairly presented, or in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or applicable law. In exercising its business judgment, the Audit Committee shall rely on the information and advice provided by the Company's management and/or its outside auditor.

1. The Audit Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this charter at least annually.

2. The outside auditor shall be accountable to the Audit Committee and the board of directors, which together shall have the ultimate authority and responsibility to nominate the outside auditor to be proposed for shareholder approval in any proxy statement, and to select, evaluate, and (where appropriate) replace the outside auditor.

3. The Audit Committee shall ensure that they receive from the outside auditor the written disclosures and letter from the outside auditor required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1.

4. The Audit Committee shall discuss with the outside auditor its independence, and shall actively engage in a dialogue with the outside auditor regarding any disclosed relationships or services that might impact the objectivity and independence of the auditor. The Audit Committee shall take, or recommend that the full board of directors take, appropriate action to oversee the independence of the outside auditor.

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5. The Audit Committee shall review and discuss with the Company's management the Company's audited financial statements.

6. The Audit Committee shall discuss with the outside auditor the matters about which Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 requires discussion.

7. Based upon its discharge of its responsibilities pursuant to items three through six above and any other information, discussion or communication that the Audit Committee in its business judgment deems relevant, the Audit Committee shall consider whether they will recommend to the board of directors that the Company's audited financial statements be included in the Company's annual reports on Forms 10-K.

8. The Audit Committee shall prepare for inclusion where necessary in a proxy or information statement of the Company relating to an annual meeting of security holders at which directors are to be elected (or special meeting or written consents in lieu of such meeting), the report described in Item 306 of Regulation S-K.

9. The Audit Committee shall annually inform the outside auditor, the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller, and the most senior other person, if any, responsible for the internal audit activities, that they should promptly contact the Audit Committee or its Chairman about any significant issue or disagreement concerning the Company's accounting practices or financial statements that is not resolved to their satisfaction. Where such communications are made to the Chairman, he or she shall confer with the outside auditor concerning any such communications, and shall notify the other members of the Audit Committee of any communications which the outside auditor or the Chairman in the exercise of his or her business judgment believes should be considered by the Audit Committee prior to its next scheduled meeting.

10. The Audit Committee shall direct the outside auditor to use its best efforts to perform all reviews of interim financial information prior to disclosure by the Company of such information, and to discuss promptly with the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Chief Financial Officer any matters identified in connection with the auditor's review of interim financial information which are required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61. The Chairman of the Audit Committee shall discuss any such matters with the outside auditor, and shall notify the other members of the Audit Committee of any discussions which the outside auditor or the Chairman in the exercise of his or her business judgment believes should be considered by the Audit Committee prior to disclosure or filing of the interim financial information, or the Audit Committee's next scheduled meeting.

11. The Audit Committee shall direct management to advise the Audit Committee in the event that the Company proposes to disclose or file interim financial information prior to completion of review by the outside auditor.

12. The Audit Committee shall meet privately at least once per year with:
(i) the outside auditor; (ii) the Chief Financial Officer; (iii) the Controller; and (iv) the most senior person (if any) responsible for the internal audit activities of the Company.

Meetings:

The Audit Committee will meet at least four (4) times each year. The Audit Committee may establish its own schedule that it will provide to the Board of Directors in advance.

The Audit Committee will meet separately with the Chief Executive Officer and separately with the Chief Financial Officer of the Company at least annually to review the financial affairs of the Company. The Audit Committee will meet with the independent auditors of the Company, at such times as it deems appropriate, to review the independent auditor's examination and management report.

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Reports:

The Audit Committee will record its summaries of recommendations to the Board in written form which will be incorporated as a part of the minutes of the Board of Directors' meeting at which those recommendations are presented.

Minutes:

The Audit Committee will maintain written minutes of its meetings, which minutes will be filed with the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors.

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This Charter was duly adopted and approved by the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy Incorporated on September 15, 1997. This Charter was duly amended by the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy Incorporated on July 3, 2000.

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PROXY PROXY

MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED

Proxy for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held July 16, 2001 This Proxy is Solicited on Behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company

The undersigned, revoking all prior proxies, hereby appoint(s) Michael J. Saylor, Eric F. Brown and Jonathan F. Klein, and each of them, with full power of substitution, as proxies to represent and vote, as designated herein, all shares of stock of MicroStrategy Incorporated (the "Company") which the undersigned would be entitled to vote if personally present at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held at the Marriott Dulles Airport, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166 on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 9:00 a.m., local time, and at any adjournment thereof (the "Meeting").

In their discretion, the proxies are authorized to vote upon such other matters as may properly come before the Meeting.

This proxy, when properly executed, will be voted in the manner directed herein by the undersigned stockholder. If no direction is given, this proxy will be voted FOR all proposals. Attendance of the undersigned at the Meeting will not be deemed to revoke this proxy unless the undersigned shall revoke this proxy in writing or shall deliver a subsequently dated proxy to the Secretary of the Company or shall vote in person at the Meeting.

PLEASE FILL IN, DATE, SIGN AND MAIL THIS PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED POSTAGE-PAID

RETURN ENVELOPE.

1.   To elect the following eight (8) directors (except as
     marked below) for the next year.
                                                                       5.   To approve the issuance of shares of Class A
     Nominees: Michael J. Saylor, Sanju K. Bansal, F. David Fowler,         Common Stock (i) upon exchange of shares of Series
               Frank A. Ingari, Jonathan J. Ledecky, Stuart B. Ross,        A Convertible Preferred Stock and (ii) upon
               John W. Sidgmore, Ralph S. Terkowitz                         conversion of shares of Series B Convertible
                                                                            Preferred Stock, Series C Convertible Preferred Stock,
     [ ]  FOR all nominees      [ ] WITHHOLD authority                      Series D Convertible Preferred Stock and Series E
                                                                            Convertible Preferred Stock issued in exchange
     [ ]  FOR all nominees except the following                             for shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock
                                                                            (including any shares of Class A Common Stock
                                                                            issuable in lieu of cash dividends thereon).
          nominee(s): __________________
                                                                            For       Against      Abstain
2.   To approve the Amended and Restated 1999 Stock
     Option Plan to increase the number of shares of                        [ ]       [ ]          [ ]
     Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under
     the plan from 11,000,000 to 23,500,000 shares.                    6.   To approve the issuance of shares of
                                                                            Class A Common Stock upon conversion of
                                                                            7 1/2% Series A Unsecured Notes to be
     For       Against      Abstain                                         issued to class members pursuant to the settlement
                                                                            agreement among the Company, certain of the
     [ ]       [ ]          [ ]                                             Company's officers and directors and plaintiffs'
                                                                            counsel, approved by the United States District Court
3.   To approve the Amended and Restated 1997 Stock                         for the Eastern District of Virginia on April 2, 2001.
     Option Plan for French Employees to increase the
     number of shares of Class A Common Stock reserved                      For       Against      Abstain
     for issuance under the plan from 600,000 to
     800,000 shares.                                                        [ ]       [ ]          [ ]

                                                                       7.   To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers
     For       Against      Abstain                                         LLP as the Company's independent auditors for the
                                                                            current fiscal year.
     [ ]       [ ]          [ ]
                                                                             For       Against      Abstain
4.   To approve the issuance of shares of Class A Common
     Stock upon conversion of shares of Series A Convertible
     Preferred Stock and as dividends thereon.

     For       Against      Abstain
     [_]       [_]          [_]


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NOTE: Please sign exactly as name appears hereon. If the stock is registered in the names of two or more persons, each should sign. Executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, attorneys and corporate officers should add their titles.

Signature:___________ Date:_____, 2001 Signature:____________ Date:______, 2001