Valley of the Boom: Trailer #1 | National Geographic


– That little A and At? See, that’s what I said. Mm-hm. Um, Katie said she
thought it was “about.” Yeah. Oh. MAN: But I’d never heard it. KATIE COURIC: Or
around or about. MAN: I’d never heard it said. I’d always seen the mark
but never heard it said. Yeah. What is internet anyway? KATIE COURIC: What do
you say to that, Allison? MAN: What, do you
write to it, like mail? No, a lot of people
use it and communicate. I guess it’s becoming
really big now. But Allison, can you
explain what internet is? My name is Darrin. I’m an investment banker. In the mid-’90s, Wall
Street has finally got a new favorite super model. [beeping] [dial-up tones] Silicon Valley! One word– “Netscape.” Netscape? They have zero concept
of what Netscape is. They don’t even know
what the internet is. Pixelon is number one
in internet broadcasting. theglobe.com? It’s a social network. People will want to log on. I guarantee. It’s very addictive. [phone ringing] OK, let me break it down for
you in the simplest of terms. This is the beginning of what
they call the browser wars. NASDAQ is pumping. Why don’t we have a price? Refresh your page. $71 a share? You got to be–
are you kiddin’ me? [cheers] It’s the biggest
IPO since Microsoft. I’m going to liven
things up a little bit. [beatboxes] People are going to
be throwing money at us. [pop] We are going to be very
wealthy and very famous! We are the top
browser in the business. Congratulations. [tired cheers] It also makes us a target. [gun cocks] [gunshot] [casing clinks] Microsoft owns the internet. Did they just threaten us? I’m going to bring
in a couple of experts. Netscape changed the game. We were at Microsoft’s mercy. We were the new
kid on the block. They were deathbed
competitors. [bubble pops] So that happened. We’re out of money. What about the
technology I created? Goddammit! [inaudible]. Pixelon was a joke. MAN: We have 90% of
the browser market. You’ve also got Microsoft
breathing down your neck. Good talk. I created something that
you all now use every day. You’re welcome. “Get big fast” was the mantra. We are running a
billion-dollar company. They wanted to
take it on the train even though they didn’t know
where the train was going. People are hoping for– –a better tomorrow. [cheers] MAN: And that’s
what we are selling. So let’s keep it up! [shouting] [ringing and beeping]

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