Can Taiwan's Hotshots Succeed In Software, Too?

Taiwan's high-tech companies are famous for being able to turn on a dime. Lee Tzeng-ying, founder of software maker Dynalab Inc., demonstrated that ability in 1993, after a breakfast with Bill Gates. As the Microsoft Corp. chairman talked about the software business, Lee scribbled down as much as he could. With three pages of notes, Lee returned to work and immediately made changes: "I said: `Kill this project, fund this project."' Lee scrapped plans to develop business applications and decided Dynalab would focus on software to generate fonts for Chinese characters.

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