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Top Events Of The 'Noughties' - And The Prick That Burst The Bubble...

The British call this decade (2000s) "The Noughties" from "nought" also known as zero in most English speaking countries.

John McCrea, from Plaxo, writes about his top ten events of this decade.

These are:

- The Dot Com Bubble Collapse.
- Broadband and Wi-Fi.
- Google IPO.
- Blogging.
- YouTube.
- Facebook.
- Twitter.
- Ereaders (Kindle, nook, and more to come).
- Apple, iPod, and iPhone.
- The Social Web.

You can read his reasons for each choice here: Silicon Valley: Top 10 of the 2000s « The Real McCrea

I agree with many of Mr McCrea's choices. I would say that the top one for me, would be the AOL/Time Warner merger.

I remember in the late 1990s chatting with my friend Carol Dukes, who was at the London School of Economics at the time, and later became one of the UK's top female entrepreneurs.

We were discussing the dotcom madness going on, and she said she could predict when the bubble would burst.

I was intrigued. She said she couldn't tell me the exact date but that it would happen when a 'new economy' dotcom company acquired a large traditional company. She made that prediction a couple of years before the AOL merger with Time Warner was announced.

And she was right. That merger marked the start of the dotbomb.

That merger never made any sense to me. Why would shareholders of AOL want to own a 'brick and mortar' company such as Time Warner with its slow growth strategy? Why would shareholders in Time Warner want a high risk fast growing business such as AOL?

Both sets of shareholders were completely different in their investment strategies and their risk tolerance. It made no sense and neither did the two different management styles and objectives.

The AOL/Time Warner merger was a ridiculous deal and the madness of the deal was the sign that the bubble had burst. What followed was several years of hard times for Silicon Valley. And it's taken years to recover from the dotbomb.

Now that AOL/Time Warner have broken up maybe this is a sign that a new era has emerged and that finally, we have repaired the deep, gouging effects of the dotbomb.

Maybe this next decade will be one of new growth rather than one long recovery from the excesses of the 1990s...