What We Learned at the New Economy

Surprisingly interesting, contrite, and thoughtful apologia here on the economy of the late-1990s from Fast Company. Perhaps its best contribution is it explicitly refutes the false orthodoxy of technology wherein all new things supplant, rather than augment, what has gone before. The piece also does a mini mea culpa for the whole Free Agent Nation mythology, as well as conceding that first-mover advantage is generally a canard.

Mind you, I said all the same things in columns, lectures, and on television back in 1997-98. Maybe Fast Company isn’t so fast after all.