April 10, 2001 1:44 PM   Subscribe

eCompany's "Boo! And the 100 Other Dumbest Moments in e-Business History". Some of these are just hilarious.
posted by paladin (6 comments total)
Well, it's always nice to see such 20:20 hindsight, without a hint of mea culpa. At least Linus Torvalds has a nice comment elsewhere on the site:

-Is the boom over?

-Do bears shit in the woods?

I'd like to see that one run on CNBC.
posted by holgate at 3:08 PM on April 10, 2001

My favorite is #38..

eCompanies launches eParties, a party planning site, in October 1999. Its business rationale? The 9-year-old daughter of co-founder Jake Winebaum thinks it's a good idea. The company is later sold to eToys. For stock.
posted by Mark at 3:15 PM on April 10, 2001

My fave:

In June 1999, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announces plans to create a housewares and home-furnishings e-tailing portal, into which he will herd his latte-swilling legions. "We're going, with great precision and discipline, to drive the physical community that exists in our stores to the Web," Schultz announces. Starbucks's shares drop nearly 30 percent on the news.
posted by o2b at 6:12 PM on April 10, 2001

At least my employer wasn't on the list.
posted by briank at 6:14 PM on April 10, 2001

Surprisingly, when I voted for as the worst blunder of all, I found out that it was rates tenth of ten possible "worst of all" mistakes...dunno - to think that a man who briefly held a post as the surgeon general would be able to generate mucho traffic just sort of baffles me...I mean, can anyone out there name any other surgeon general? Since Koop, we've had Elders, Novello, and Satcher, and I certainly can't imagine them getting their own site/s. And as far as naming 100 of the biggest mistakes in web history...that's just plain misleading, since about 1/2 of them are merely continuations of previously listed items. Nitpicking? Sure, but so is
posted by davidmsc at 6:24 PM on April 10, 2001

What's doing on this list, anyway? :-)
posted by frednorman at 6:30 PM on April 10, 2001

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