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How Tech Got Its Groove Back

After the dotcom bust, the tech industry is picking itself up and dusting itself off for another dance--with the help of some innovative entrepreneurs.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Cautiously optimistic. Those are the words you hear, fromSilicon Valley to New York City, when you ask about the mood of thetechnology industry today. From young startups to old pros,everybody is looking hopefully forward while keeping one eye on thepitfalls of the past. And in the thick of it all, entrepreneurs arelighting the way with solid business plans and a careful attitudetoward funding.

OK, now brace yourself. Internet companies are making acomeback. Not money-burning dotcoms as we knew them, but businesseslike CertificateSwap.com, an online marketplace for buying andselling gift certificates. CEO Cameron Johnson is a veteran of morethan a dozen ventures. He's also 19 and living in a dorm atVirginia Tech. Internet entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch thesedays.

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