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"Yes!" I shouted, pumping my fist Tiger Woods-style asI read the e-mail. The managing director of a new Atlanta-basedincubator had replied to our executive summary submission for ourstart-up, PRessCafe.com, anonline hub for emerging technology companies and the media. Hismessage: "I'm interested in meeting to discuss yourbusiness. How about Thursday at 2 p.m.?" Many aspiringentrepreneurs never make it this far-a face-to-face meeting with a"live" investor. And we did it!

Being 27 years old, married with two young daughters, and havingdrained our savings and maxed out our credit cards to pay thebills, this was especially welcome news for my wife and me. Webegan daydreaming about the future: Where would we live? How bigwould our house be? What cars would we drive? What private schoolcould we send our kids to?

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