BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : MARCH 5, 2001 ISSUE
SPECIAL REPORT

The Up-and-Comers


PUBLIC

EXULT
Runs human-resources software. With customers like Bank of America, it may have staying power. Stock is at $12, up 18% since its June, 2000, IPO.

VERISIGN
The king of delivering Web-site security as a service. One of the few ASPs with an operating profit. Stock is at $56, down 78% from its peak, so this could be a buying opportunity.


NOT YET PUBLIC

LOUDCLOUD
Web-browser pioneer Marc Andreessen's startup manages computer and software operations for e-businesses. It has filed to go public.

JAMCRACKER
Combines products from a handful of software makers into a single offering dished out over the Web. It's a novel approach, but with the first customers announced just five months ago, an IPO is not imminent.



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