The E.Biz 25: Masters Of The Web World

There's nothing like a little stock market panic to put things in perspective. These days, a lot of dot-com entrepreneurs, not to mention the investors who bet on them, are walking around with gaping holes in their psyches--and wallets. Chances are, they'll never again feel quite as bulletproof as they did last January. For others, the stock shocks are like a double shot of espresso. They've been battling skepticism for years. Now, they're more determined than ever to deliver on their promises. Take Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com Inc. "We started focusing on operational efficiency a year ago, and every day we focus more on it," he says. "The market is going to reward companies that have sound business plans and deliberate strategies."

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