October 6, 1997 |
In a country with only 100,000 or so computers and a state-controlled media, Vo Dinh Thi's idea was almost revolutionary. Even his mother said he was foolish to throw his money away on such a hare-brained scheme. But Thi went ahead and remodeled his little cafe on Le Duan Street, two blocks from the abandoned U.S. Embassy. He taught his staff to make the best cappuccino in town and he put in three computers, offering customers something that is still rare in Vietnam: e-mail.