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BW: Little Guys Look for Big Breaks at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo...

Aug 01, 2000, 20:08 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sometimes, the corporate food chain can be downright unpleasant. The little guys wage a constant battle to avoid being eaten by the big guys, who are grabbing all the venture capital, getting all the press coverage, and giving away the coolest promotional freebies every chance they get. It can be tough, even demoralizing for small companies, and much of the time the only thing that keeps them afloat is "the dream."

"Little companies can have big dreams. In fact, they can have monster-truck sized dreams. Some of them do, and take a major step toward turning them into reality when they show up at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. You know the type. They're easy to spot. They're the CEOs and Marketing Directors who wear looks of steely determination. Their expressions say, "We don't take no for an answer. We are here to hear yes." At any moment, one "yes" could change a company's entire future."

"The hottest show is LinuxWorld Conference & Expo," says Jim Truong, president, AMAX Computers. "It gets a tremendous amount of publicity worldwide, especially in San Jose. The trend is a lot of little companies trying to catch up to big companies. A lot of them go to the show to see if they can form partnerships. Linux is here to stay, it's stable, and people want to be part of that."

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