Germany's Hot Star

Intershop eyes the big leagues for its software

America loves its legends about Silicon Valley startups. The tiny Palo Alto (Calif.) garage where Bill Hewlett and David Packard got their start has been recognized as an official California historic landmark. Now Europe has its own inspirational counterpart: Intershop Communications Inc. The upstart company's story sounds like a plot for a made-for-TV movie: Young East German with capitalist itch starts e-commerce software company and, against all odds, makes it a hit around the world.

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