Work Ethic Pays Off for Computer Jock

Elliot Turner jumped right into the work force after graduating from Blacksburg High School in 1997, opting against college.

He didn’t have to find a job, he had already created one.

Turner started MimeStar Inc., a software development company, during his junior year of high school.

Since graduating, he has worked 60 hours a week out of his Blacksburg apartment developing computer software to catch hackers trying to tap into computer networks.

Turner cashed in on his long hours Wednesday. Inc. of Richardson, Texas, purchased MimeStar for $4 million, plus $1.1 million in Intrusion stock.