December 27, 2000 |
As investor sentiment soured against "dot-coms" last spring, The Times talked with three people determined to start Internet businesses. One had quit work; two others had scaled back their day jobs to pursue e-business careers. They knew the clock was ticking from the moment they dug in. Without outside financial support, they'd be out of business soon. "In no more than two months, I'll have a check written" from a venture capitalist, diesel mechanic Rudy Salazar said then.