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This story appears in the March 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

To keep this interview appointment and catch a last-minute business flight, Surya Jayaweera had to juggle a cell phone and defensive driving. No problem for this model member of Generation Tech, who handled both tasks with the same skill he's used to steer his company to success.

Growing up, Jayaweera's dreams bounced between scientist and inventor, but age taught him entrepreneurship was the practical route to making his mark. Before getting his engineering degree in May 1996, Jayaweera brainstormed product ideas with business potential. A day at the park with a pile of magazines sparked the winner: An article on two-way pagers catalyzed images of a pager that could access e-mail and the Web.

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