BREAKAWAY SOLUTIONS, INC.
                                OPTION AGREEMENT

          THIS OPTION AGREEMENT ("Option" or "Agreement") is dated as of January
6, 1999 by and between Gordon Brooks ("Optionee") and Internet Capital Group,
L.L.C. ("ICG").

          In consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein
contained and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency
of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:

     1.   Grant of Option:  Representations and Warranties.
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          (a)  ICG hereby irrevocably grants to Optionee the right and option to
     purchase all or any part of an aggregate of 284,195 shares (the "Option
     Shares") of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock ("Series A Preferred
     Stock") of Breakaway Solutions, Inc. ("Breakaway") presently owned by ICG,
     on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.

          (b)  ICG hereby represents and warrants to Optionee: (i) and ICG is
     the sole and rightful owner of the Option Shares, free and clear of any and
     all liens, claims and encumbrances of any nature whatsoever, (ii) that ICG
     has the full and unrestricted right to grant the option hereunder without
     violation of any law or regulation or rights of any third party, including
     those of Breakaway or any shareholder or affiliate of Breakaway; and (iii)
     that, upon exercise of all or any part of the option granted hereunder, ICG
     shall have the full and unrestricted right to transfer the Option Shares to
     Optionee without violation of any law or regulation or rights of any third
     party, including those of Breakaway or any shareholder or affiliate of
     Breakaway.

     2.   Term and Time of Exercise of Option:  Option Price.
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          (a)  This Option shall have a term of seven years, commencing on
     January 6, 1999 (the "Grant Date"), and ending at the close of business on
     January 6, 2006 (the "Termination Date"), except to the extent such term
     may be reduced in accordance with Section 4 hereof. Upon the Termination
     Date, or upon such earlier date as may be applicable pursuant to Section 4,
     the Option shall terminate and become null and void.

          (b)  Subject to Section 4, the Option Shares shall be exercisable in
     full upon the Grant Date.

          (c)  This Option shall be exercisable at the purchase price of $1,4167
     per share (the "Option Price").
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     3.   Exercise of Option.
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          (a)  Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, this
     Option may be exercised in whole or in part by delivery of a written notice
     to ICG at its principal office, now located at 435 Devon Park Drive, Wayne,
     Pennsylvania 19087, to the attention of Mr. Walter W. Buckley. Such notice
     shall state the election to exercise the Option and the number of Option
     Shares with respect to which it is being exercised, and shall be signed by
     the person or persons exercising the Option. If the person exercising the
     Option is not the Optionee, he or she shall also deliver with the notice
     appropriate proof of his or her right to exercise the Option. No fractional
     shares may be purchased. Full payment of the applicable Option Price shall
     accompany such notice. Payment of the Option Price shall be by check
     payable to the order of ICG.

          (b)  Upon receipt of notice of exercise and any necessary
     documentation and the payment of the Option Price, ICG shall take or cause
     to be taken such action as may be necessary to effect the transfer to
     Optionee of certificates representing the Option Shares with respect to
     which the Option has been exercised, including any action required to be
     taken by Breakaway or any other third party. All shares so issued shall be
     fully paid and nonassessable. This Option will remain in full force and
     effect to the extent it has not been exercised or otherwise terminated.

          (c)  Optionee shall not be deemed for any purpose to be the owner of
     any shares of the Series A Preferred Stock unless and until (i) the Option
     shall have been exercised pursuant to the terms hereof and (ii) the shares
     of Series A Preferred Stock with respect to which the Option was exercised
     shall have been issued and delivered to the Optionee. Thereupon, the
     Optionee shall have full voting, dividend and other ownership rights with
     respect to such shares of Series A Preferred Stock.

     4.   Early Termination of Option Upon Termination of Relationship with ICG.
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          (a)  If Optionee's relationship with ICG is terminated for any reason
     prior to the Termination Date for a reason other than death, Optionee may,
     at any time within a period of ninety (90) days after the date of such
     termination, exercise the Option to the extent (and only to the extent) the
     Option was exercisable on the date that the relationship was terminated.
     Upon the expiration of such ninety (90) day period, the Option shall, to
     the extent not previously exercised or terminated, terminate and become
     null and void.

          (b)  If Optionee's relationship with ICG is terminated prior to the
     Termination Date due solely to the death of Optionee, Optionee's legal
     representative may, at any time within a period of six (6) months after the
     date of Optionee's death, exercise the Option to the extent (and only to
     the extent) the Option was exercisable on the date of Optionee's death.
     Upon the expiration of the foregoing six-month period, the Option shall, to
     the extent not theretofore exercised or terminated, terminate and become
     null and void.

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          (c)  Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing sections, in
     no event may the Option be exercised after the Termination Date.

     5.   Adjustments to Option Shares.
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          The number of Option Shares and the Option Price shall be adjusted in
the event of any change in the outstanding Series A Preferred Stock of Breakway
by reason of any stock dividend or split, recapitalization, reclassification,
merger, consolidation, combination, or exchange of shares or other similar
corporate change.  In the event of any liquidation, dissolution, merger or
consolidation of Breakway the Option shall continue in effect in accordance with
the terms of this agreement and Optionee shall be entitled to receive for each
Option Shares upon the exercise of the Option the same number and kind of stock,
securities, cash, property or other consideration per share that each
shareholder was entitled to receive in such liquidation, dissolution, merger or
consolidation.

     6.   Miscellaneous.
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          (a)  The captions and section headings used herein for convenience
     only, shall not be deemed part of this Agreement, and shall not in any way
     restrict or modify the context and substance of any section or paragraph
     hereof.

          (b)  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance
     with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without regard to its
     choice or conflict of law rules.

          (c)  This Option is not intended to qualify as an incentive stock
     option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of
     1986, as amended.

          (d)  The Optionee understands that the Option Shares have not been
     registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and must be held indefinitely
     unless they are subsequently registered under such Act or an exemption from
     such registration is available upon disposition. Breakway may, but shall
     not be required to register all or any part of the Option Shares.

          (e)  This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon
     ICG's successors and assigns. All obligations imposed upon Optionee and all
     rights granted to Optionee under this Agreement shall be binding upon and
     inure to the benefit of Optionee's heirs, executors, Administrators, and
     successors.

          (f)  This Agreement may be modified, amended, suspended or terminated,
     and any terms or conditions may be waived, but only by a written instrument
     executed by the parties hereto.

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          (g)  Should any provision of this Agreement be held by a court of
     competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the
     remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected by such
     holding and shall continue in full force in accordance with their terms.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Option as of the
day and year first above written.


                                    INTERNET CAPITAL GROUP, L.L.C.

                                    By:  /s/ WALTER W. BUCKLEY, III
                                        ___________________________
                                        President


                                    By:  /s/ GORDON BROOKS
                                        ___________________________
                                        Optionee

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