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1996 Inc. 500 #245

Computer Free America

Here's how to eliminate distractions so you can write that brilliant business plan: Tony Cooper, cofounder of Computer Free America, holed up in a tent for eight weeks in Antarctica. Ostensibly, he was helping a friend do meteorological analysis. "But it took about a week and a half to set up and a week and a half to break down, so that left us five weeks to plan," recalls Cooper. Five hundred miles from anywhere, the two depended on Radio Free Europe, whose name they modified for their business.