Lessons Learned From The Dot Com Shakeout

from the build-a-real-business dept

This theme seems to be popping up a lot lately. Companies might have been better prepared for the dot com shakeout if they’d built a real business rather than just spent all sorts of money on hype.

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ssoni (user link) says:


You still don’t get it, do you? It was NEVER about making a “real” company. It was about getting any EXCUSE for a company out the door before the flood, in order to cash out via the IPO equity markets feeding frenzy. It was NEVER about building a company. The underwriters and insiders who dumped are laughing all the way to the bank, as the suckers who bought the hype (and the stock) are now complaining about shaky business models… This just gets better and better..

ssoni (user link) says:

Re: Re: x

Well, now that we’re all clear on that we can move on.

To recap, these firms were never supposed to have a business model. They were simply “fronts” to make stocks. VC and insiders sold their shares and retired, and as a nice side effect, the country could have something fun to do with their new internet connections and profits from the mid 90’s tech bull market….daytrade!

I’ve never met a person who thought these were supposed to be real companies that would make money, lol!

Ryan says:

Re: Re: Re: x

I actually believe there are one or two real business (although the majority are just store fronts filled with walking dead dot commers). One company with potential to be a real business is Amazon (no, I’m not nuts) if they lower their burn rate they’ll may be able to actually get some very impressive profits margins.

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