Week 11 Assignment T3

Anna Betz

1. The Dot.com Boom

The dot-com boom was a investment bubble that formed around Internet companies between 1995 and 2000. The soaring prices of Internet start-ups encouraged investors to pour more money into any company with a “.com” or an “e-Blank” in its business plan. This excess capital encouraged Internet companies to form, often with very little planning, in order to get in on some of the easy money that was available at the time. This increased the profit of online website and supported a growth of online websites and programs. At the time investors would help a company start up by funding there website, when websites or business became successful but the investor and the company owner made plenty of money.

2. Microsoft and Bill Gates

Bill Gates was the head of Microsoft Corporation and a leader in the computer revolution. Bill H. Gates is founder, technology advisor and board member of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software and services. Gates began developing software for personal computers because they believed that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home. He developed Microsoft to sell BASIC interpreters for Altair 8800. When Microsoft launched several versions of Microsoft Windows in the 1990s, becoming to top producer for PCs. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. After creating successful PC Microsoft and Gates went on to create items such as Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. Microsoft and bill gates were important figures in the PC producing. Microsoft allowed for PC to be bought and use by almost every American household. The PC also paved the way for companies such as amazon and yahoo to come about.

3. IBM

  • Founded in 1911 by Charles Flint, IBM was originally named the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR). Later the name was changed to the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware and software, and also works in nanotechnology. IBM created equipment that could hold large amounts of data. The company has created equipment such as dial recorders, job recorders, timestamps and traffic recorders. Later 1981, the IBM began to work in computers then created the first PC. IBM'S PC was very successful do to the fact that it was the first personal computer. IBM continued to be the "role model company" for other company to also create PCs. IBM created the PC era to begin.

4. Amazon.com

Amazon was founded on July 6th, 1994 by Jeff Bezos. Amazon was the first website to sell technologies. Amazon was an online website where people could buy compact discs, Computer hardware, computer software, videos and books. Amazon could offer books a very cheap price compared to the hard copy of a book. With the help of amazon online book became a new phenomena in the 1990s and a phenomena we still see today. This new online bookstore hurt bookstores, people began to buy books without having to go to a bookstore. Soon after the online books became the idea of buying videos and movies online began to shape. Amazon also began to sell everything online, clothes, cameras, kitchen supplies. Other online buying website began popping up for everything. So companies offered their stores on a online version, for clothing store you could now buy clothes online and get them shipped to you.

5. Yahoo

Founded january 1994. First called Jerry and David's guide to the world wide web. Then later in 1995 the name was changed to Yahoo. This website was a big leap in technology because this website allowed people to search for other websites.People could now look up jobs in Woodbury Mn and a list of websites would come up. People could now search for educational answers online, shop and read papers all online. Became known for the web portal. Mainly known for its search engine. Yahoo created an inspiration to other online companies, yahoo made companies such as Amazon to be come popular. Yahoo being one of the first successful website, they helped the work of online advertisement.

6. Dell

Michael Dell was the founder of, Dell was a computer company founded in 1984.He started to sell IBM PC-compatible computer. Dell was one of the first companies to directly sell personal computer systems. By doing so the company could understand the customers wants and needs in order to better the product. When dell computers came out in 1985, the computers were cheaper because of the mass production. Computers became easier for people to buy and use. As Dell's company increased in size so did the number of computer owners and users. Dell then open a field of products such as printers, audio players and televisions. All of this technologies became very cheap and popular.

7. E-Bay

Ebay was founded on September 3, 1995 by Pierre Omidyar. This site is an online auction type of shopping. People can go online and put an item online for sale. People can then search for a item they want to buy and find one for sale. If only else wants that item then it become a auction for who will receive it. E-bay allowed people to sell random strangers their unwanted items. People now could shop online in their own homes. E-bay created a market for online goods and products.

8. PC Era

  • the PC era was started by IBM was the first personal computer. Other companies such as Dell also began to create PC’s. Soon Dell an IBM began to mass produce these PCs. PCs became cheap and easy to assemble. Soon almost every house had a family computer. This is when the PC era began. In the PC era people could now use the World wide web to search anything and everything. New companies such as Ebay and yahoo began to increase the popularity of PCs. WIth PCs people could now work at home. Students could now do school work online. Online communication such as email soon began popular. The PC era helped create a new field of jobs with computer and new technologies. Companies hired people to make the new faster and smaller computer. People began to go to school to specialize in computer sciences or in computer programming.

1. Create a slide that explains why the Dot.com Era eventually led to a economic bubble that bursted?

-The dot-com boom was followed by the dot-com crash, which saw many startups fail as investors cut off funding or the proposed businesses proved to be unprofitable. Not all the dot-com companies were failures, however, and some, like Amazon.com, would eventually surpass the prices they enjoyed during the boom. The dot-com boom was fueled by too much enthusiasm for the new opportunities presented by the World Wide Web. That said, many of the wild predictions about how different the world of commerce would be due to the Web have increasingly become a reality – just not at the pace many investors were expecting.

2. Predict how the Dot.com bubble of the 1990's might relate to technological trends today.

I had trouble with understanding what Dot.com bubble was completely. But the Dot.com bubble is seen today because today investors, fund small companies or people will the hope the company will be successful. The problem with this is when the small companies are unsuccessful the investor will pull the fundings. When this happens the stock of that company drops causing problems to the people that have stock for that company.