09/25/2012 09:55 am ET Updated Nov 25, 2012

Revenge Of The Nerds, The Sequel: Silicon Valley Wallflowers Now Hot

For the past few years, the tech frenzy has concentrated on young-gun Web guys including hoodie-wearing Mr. Zuckerberg and Groupon Inc. GRPN -1.15% Chief Executive Andrew Mason, who run easy-to-grasp companies touching millions of consumers.

Now that those newly public Internet companies' stocks have cratered, attention has shifted.

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