Living Large and Falling Hard in Silicon Alley.
In the last five years of the 20th century, New York's Silicon Alley had come to rival California's Silicon Valley as the new Ground Zero of the computer age. By the turn of the millennium, Alley Internet ventures were responsible for billions in annual revenues, as a generation of talented, untested, big-dreaming twenty-somethings created a quantum surge in e-business investment.
But Silicon Alley was different from its West Coast counterpart: it surfed on a frothy wave of lavish parties, frenzied late-night deal-making, dubiously motivated sex and inflated expectations. Freshly minted paper millionaires spent their money with abandon, bought fancy cars and multi-million dollar real estate . . . and watched it all come crashing down in April 2000, when the NASDAQ zeppelin burst and fell at their feet.
'Digital Hustlers' is the first book to document this fascinating moment in time when a wildly creative culture was born, thrived, and then got caught in the headlights of achievement. In oral history form, it brings together the voices of all the most important players - entrepreneurs, hustlers, eccentrics, and visionaries - in the most entertaining portrait of "geek chic" ever written.
Full of drama, gossip, dreams lost and won, this is that rare business book that also reads like a guilty pleasure.