Synopses & Reviews
"Dot.bomb captures our recent collective innocence so effortlessly, it's almost impossible to read through more than a few pages without feeling one's ears burn red with shame at the fools we were." Joey Anuff, Washington Post Book World
"This is a wild ride of a book, hilarious and horrific and always, always painfully honest. A cautionary tale of cyber-insanity, a Pilgrim's Progress for the Information Age." Joe Klein, author of Primary Colors
"An entertaining chronicle of the waste, on-the-hoof planning, and early warning signs....Mr. Kuo captures the euphoria of ordinary employees and seasoned managers giddy with paper-riches." Peter Thal Larsen, Financial Times
In the tradition of Liar's Poker and Barbarians at the Gate, dot.bomb is a gripping insider's account of e-business gone berserk the unforgettable story of the rise and crash of a major Internet startup.
J. David Kuo had a ringside seat at one of the biggest busts of the Internet age. Value America (NASDAQ:VUSA) was supposed to revolutionize retailing by using the Internet no more retailers or distributors needed. Fred Smith, legendary founder of Federal Express, called it the best business model he'd ever seen and invested millions of dollars. In a few short years, the company raised and spent hundreds of millions of dollars before a spectacular crash.