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Source:  Ars Technica

The first dot-com boom set the stage for a lot of the world we experience today. IPOs and insane valuations, tech companies without an obvious business model, the vague aroma of scams, all of it centered on Silicon Valley.

Two crashes later, most of the big players are dead, merged, or dismembered. Yet some of the ideas—massive online social networks, web browsers as a software platform—have come to pass. So how did we get from the first boom to here?

National Geographic’s six-episode series, “Valley of the Boom,” (the first episode premiered last night) doesn’t trace out the entire history from the 1990s to the present. Instead, it follows three very distinct companies—Netscape, TheGlobe.com, and Pixelon—from that first boom to bust, using a mix of interviews with key players, documentary footage, and some extremely well-acted scenes to fill in the details.

It sounds like a recipe for chaos, but there are definitely some lessons about Silicon Valley and tech companies here in a package that’s fantastically entertaining.

Read the story at Ars Technica.

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