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Byline: Peralte C. Paul
May 2--Kevin D. Johnson is a start-up kind of guy.
The 21-year-old Morehouse College senior started his own Jazz band, Rio Negro, more than a year ago. The sextet has had a successful run playing metro Atlanta clubs.
Johnson's in start-up mode again, only this time the pianist is tickling a mouse and keyboard in addition to the ivories.
"I guess it's in my blood," said Johnson, who's majoring in Spanish. He founded Nivek Internet Solutions Inc., which makes software geared to small- and medium-sized businesses.
He also launched clubauc.com last April, a book exchange and college events Web site for students attending metro Atlanta's historically black colleges.
He and business partner Farai Mtetwa, also a 21-year-old Morehouse senior, join what economists say is a growing number of people starting their own businesses while still in school.
And though the high-tech field of the "new economy" has often been linked with relatively …