The businesses that launched in the early days of the
internet were set on changing the world. That also meant changing the
work place and their environments. I know because I worked in one.
I was the second person at Silicon Alley Reporter in the mid-90s when anyone involved in the Internet scene thought that we were all going to change the world. Now we all know the way we live our lives is not going to change over night but it was the beginnin...
Many breakthrough technologies were hatched by hobbyists in garages and dorm rooms. Prominent examples include the PC, the web, blogs, and most open source software.
The fact that flip-flop wearing hobbyists spawn large industries is commonly viewed as an amusing eccentricity of the technology industry. But there is a reason why hobbies are so important.
Business people vote with their dollars, and are mostly trying to create near-term financial ...