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Revenge Of The Nerds

Yesterday's computer geeks stake a claim in cyberspace. Guess who's cool now?

This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It wasn't always hip to be computer savvy--as CyberNation's co-founders Matthew D'Andria and Adam Pisoni know all too well. "It's funny," reflects Pisoni, "because when we were younger, you were [considered] a nerd if you were involved with computers. Today, though, you're not--you're actually cool."

Well, so much for perfect timing. But whatever cachet longtime friends D'Andria, 22, and Pisoni, 21, may have lacked as kids, they're making up for it now with their Santa Monica, California, interactive media firm. As award-winning Web site creators, D'Andria and Pisoni guide big-name clients such as Honda Motor Co., Sony Pictures and Capcom Entertainment through the electronic avenues of the Internet. It's a fusion of good, old-fashioned imagination and cutting-edge technology.

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