Netscapees Storm The Valley

Alumni of the browser giant are launching a flurry of startups

When Michael McCue and Angus M. Davis started their new company, Tellme Networks Inc., their pedigrees as brainy tech strategists at Netscape Communications Corp. paved their way. Even before they secured temporary offices this month in Silicon Valley's Mountain View, they had landed investment pledges from heavy hitters like Netscape co-founder James H. Clark. And they got their pick of A-list job candidates who didn't mind not being told exactly what the company is up to. That's still top secret. As a joke, the duo handed applicants T-shirts that said "Tellme" on the front. Printed on the back was the kicker: "I'll tell you, but then I'll have to kill you."

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