Digital Pioneers

Pop Rocket Inc. founders Joe Sparks, his wife, Maura, and friend Kent Carmical have been holed up in a San Francisco Victorian for two years. They quit good jobs, drained their bank accounts, and borrowed money--all to make Pop Rocket a big name in a new category of entertainment software. They're about to unleash on the world their brainchild: a CD-ROM called Total Distortion that is an altogether different breed of software cat--part video game, part Hollywood movie, part music video. Says Carmical: "We're going to be big and famous."

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