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This story appears in the September 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Where is the best place to make business contacts? A trade association cocktail party? A college reunion? How about on the top of a mountain while vacationing with your family? It may sound incredible, but that's just how Paul Crimm, 25, met his angel investor. Crimm, co-founder of SoDeog Technologies Inc., a wireless software manufacturer in Charlotte, North Carolina, met investor Duane Bennett while vacationing last year in Chimney Rock National Park.

Bennett, who was with his son's Boy Scout troop, asked Crimm to take a picture of them. The two struck up a conversation, in which Crimm revealed he was planning to start a software company and Bennett revealed he was looking to fund start-up Internet companies. One quick meeting with Crimm's partner, 27-year-old Ryan Walcott, sealed the deal.

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