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Get a Grip

In the dotcom world, if you haven't already fallen, you're hanging on by your fingernails. Here's how to put yourself on steady ground.

This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In nature, the only criterion for success is survival. How unnatural, then, was the world of Internet business for its first several years, because many of those considered extraordinarily successful just last year are extinct today.

Now that dotcom business has returned to a more natural state, the hottest topic of conversation among those who fund, advise, sell to and run small dotcoms is, What is it going to take to be one of those who make it? To find out, Entrepreneur talked to a selection of experts and entrepreneurs and came up with the following traits that will allow you to survive where so many companies have failed:

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