Go For Broke is a podcast series about historic bubbles, the irrational enthusiasm that creates them, and the lessons we’ve learned (and the ones we haven’t) when they pop.
In our first season, we’re examining the original dot-com bubble. From the meteoric rise of Netscape to the stunning fall of… Read more
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From Sock Puppet to Flop: The story of Pets.com
Oct 8, 2020
"The Pets.com sock puppet mascot was incredibly ubiquitous in American Pop Culture "
What many of us remember of the dot-com era of the late 90s and 2000 were the ads, the hype. We saw a DIY sock puppet voiced by actor Michael Ian Black become the mascot for Pets.com and a pop culture celebrity in its own right. But even as the sock puppet found itself at the Oscars and the Macy's… Read more
Netscape: The First Fleck of Gold
Oct 15, 2020
"Microsoft used pre-installed IE on Windows 95 to beat out Netscape "
To examine the start of the dot-com bubble, we go back to 1995, the year technology became a part of our popular culture, just as the Internet was changing. Two key events happened that year -- Windows 95 launched with huge fanfare, making it so that the average person would use a computer at home;… Read more