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dot.bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  109 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Anyone who stumbled through the Web's earliest days--as either a starry-eyed entrepreneur, investor, or employee--will find plenty to recognize in J. David Kuo's insightful and entertaining dot.bomb. Wrapped in the tale of Value America, Craig Winn's wildly unsuccessful bid to hop aboard the Internet revolution in 1997 and totally remake retailing, the book paints a clear ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Little, Brown (first published 2001)
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Travis Kirk
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Facinating book. It read like the Enron story in terms of the dilusional nature of those at the top. The failed leader/founder syndrome, in the world of dollars and cents, has an unmerciful way of destroying the founder. This book takes you on a journey beginning with the blind hysteria of becoming rich, followed by the brutal tumble back down to reality. Picture an individual coming down from crack.

By the way, I am going to try to withhold giving five stars to every book that I like a lot. I f
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Nick
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the rise and unsurprising crash and burn of Value America (don't feel bad, I never heard of them either), which differed from a typical .com boom/bust story in that it had a vision for a inventoryless system (dealers ship directly to customers), hypothetically cutting costs to a bare minimum. Obviously this didn't work, and if you weren't already put off by that first sentence, you might be interested to read this book. The beginning deals with raising the capital to start the c ...more
Jason Mccue
This was a good read and a great reminder about how to run a company. You need a stronge leader who can create the vision, someone who can get the funding, someone to help build momentum, and someon who can transition it through its phases. Of course this doesn't have to be the same person and in most cases, like Value America, it should be different people depending on the phase of the company.

This book is really about people and how everyone needs to focus on the same direction if the company
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Bjorn Hardarson
Oct 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Found it in an old bookstore, even though old is only related to the INTERNET fast change these days. Interesting to read book about a company that got lots of cash without great plan and even more interesting to see that the he power game of company is more important than those that control, but still people seems often focus more on their own power than prospect the of the company they created even if it ruined it
Elliot Richards
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this again, and it's still a very good read. Moreso now because a lot of time has passed and it's interesting to see how the future of Internet retailing was envisioned back in 1998 compared to how it is today. It's fascinating and well written.
Jo
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love accounts of people who are deluding themselves and this is a perfect example. Really recreates the atmosphere of the doomed turn-of-the-century dot.com boom. My only problem with it is the constant mention of the author's height and ethnicity.
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