Retro-Perspective: Telecom to ‘Dot.Com’

“There was a failure of imagination five years ago, when Inter@ctive Week was launched. Failure to think big enough. A directory service, Yahoo!, hardly in

“There was a failure of imagination five years ago, when Inter@ctive Week was launched. Failure to think big enough. A directory service, Yahoo!, hardly in gestation back then, is worth nearly $50 billion now. Amazon.com, which is still losing hundreds of millions of dollars, nevertheless is worth $30 billion. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, is suing the world’s most valuable technology company, Microsoft. Web wunderkind Netscape Communications created a mass market for browsers, yet it lost the war and was bought by America Online. For 17 million consumers, AOL — which had barely crossed 1 million subscribers five years ago — became the Internet.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE