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Oh Brother

Profile of Everdream Corp.

This story appears in the July 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Just from growing up together, brothers Lyndon and Russell Rive must have endless anecdotes. But starting Everdream Corp., a Fremont, California, 150-employee firm that equips businesses with high-tech solutions like "self-healing computers," Internet access, data backup and support for a monthly fee- really given the native South Africans stories for round the campfire.

You see, before concerns like getting funded and hiring a CEO emerged, Lyndon, 23, and Russell, 28, were just two guys shoving Everdream pamphlets under Santa Cruz (the company's birthplace in 1998) doors. Testing the market, they offered complimentary computer IT services, and, based on their responses, reworked their business model three times in eight months before they secured seed funding from VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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