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Eco Associates rehabs Net casualties for resale

Scott J. Hyten is known for roughing up Net startups, so you might expect entrepreneurs would run when they see him coming. In fact, Hyten, managing partner of the venture-capital firm Eco Associates, is a popular man these days. Eco specializes in investing in startups that are out of money and nearly out of time. In the past five months, he has received several hundred e-mails from frantic Internet entrepreneurs begging for his tough love. "I am the last resort," he says. "When there are no doors left to slam in your face, you come here."

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