Revenge Of The Nerds

Cyber Stars

They've been saddled with the rather inauspicious moniker "Generation X," but many of the twenty- and thirtysomethings that comprise the baby bust might better be thought of as "Generation Tech." Oh, sure, the young 'uns who were virtually born with laptop computers in their hands are one day destined to outshine us all in the ways of the wired world. And, yes, many of the grayer-haired Xers are as tech-averse as the even grayer baby boomers. But as the first crop of young adults to navigate the computer age, GenTechies are the ones with their feet on the pedals of the Internet revolution.

Which explains why so many young entrepreneurs are now steering their own high-tech companies. According to information technology research firm IDC/Link, an estimated one in three (or 20,000) high-tech enterprises are launched each year by founders under the age of 30. This month's profile is of one such youth-driven company in the eye of the cyberstorm. Is it difficult to stay at least one step ahead in this digitized era? You bet--especially considering that the so-called "Net Generation" is right on its elders' heels. But, for now, GenTechies are wired for success.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Revenge Of The Nerds.

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