Looking for information on the dotcom boom
June 28, 2011 2:56 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for good books, articles, documentaries etc. about the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, in particular anything about the experiences of people working for tech companies while it was happening. I'm also interested in how the boom manifested itself in the UK (and to what extent it did).
posted by eykal to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Metafilter's Own cstross (SF author Charlie Stross) has a series of posts describing his work before becoming a novelist, a hefty chunk of which was dotcom era startup stuff in the UK.
posted by Happy Dave at 3:01 PM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Boo Hoo told the story of boo.com fairly well. It was the highest profile dot-com in the UK, as far as I can remember.
posted by techrep at 3:11 PM on June 28, 2011

Code Rush is a documentary about working at Netscape in the peak of the boom.
posted by COD at 3:32 PM on June 28, 2011

The Nudist on the Late Shift is a series of tales about life in silicon valley at the time of the boom.

I started my first web agency job in the UK 1999 just before the bubble burst, so the only big story I was aware of was lastminute's float in 2000. There's an overview of the UK's other dot.com boomers in this BBC article.

There was a godawful BBC drama series based on a web start-up: Attachments - cheesy as hell but it does reflect some of the era. And the Charlie Brooker classic satire, Nathan Barley, is another one.
posted by freya_lamb at 3:45 PM on June 28, 2011

Startup.com is a documentary about a new media company.
posted by hnnrs at 4:05 PM on June 28, 2011

Douglas Coupland's Microserfs
posted by bardic at 1:05 AM on June 29, 2011

+1 for The Nudist on the Late Shift, loved that.
+1 for Microserfs
F'd Companies
The Smartest Guys In The Room
posted by Blake at 4:09 AM on June 29, 2011

Po Bronson's "Is the Revolution Over?" "An anthropological expedition to late 90s Silicon Valley reveals that it takes more than some engineers, VCs, headhunters and electronics stores to make a miracle." June 1998, Wired.
posted by brainwane at 5:54 AM on June 29, 2011

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