History Lessons

Posted under Social Media, Technology On By Alan Berkson

They say those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. Cleaning out my office I ran across this June 2000 copy of Alley Cat News


with this great ad by a high-flying Dot.com law firm (now defunct as well).

Alley Cat News Ad - June 2000

As Silicon Alley experiences a rebirth and we move into the Social Media Bubble, take a look at some of the Dot bomb leaders. How many of today’s high flyers will still be around 10 years from now?


  1. I think you pose a scary thought. Almost all the technology I use today is younger than 5 years old. Crazy. I can’t even imagine what the next 10 years will bring. We can try to stay on top of human behavior all we want, but with every new device comes a new definition of how we interact, socially and professionally. I do have a feeling, however, that we’re going to see a lot of advancements in healthcare, education and banking. Just my two cents.

  2. @joebertino Thanks, Joe. It is sobering. The “gold rush” to monetize the Internet started back in the early 90’s and really got a head of steam with the IPO of Netscape in 1995. It has extended beyond the Internet as we move out of the Industrial Age into the Information Age. Still not clear who the winners and losers will be.

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