Dot.Bomb Australia: How We Wrangled, Conned and Argie-Bargied Our Way into the New Digital Universe

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TEN
Reputations that
ring a bell

The Regent Hotel in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, with its soft, thick carpets and mood lighting, hosts a good show. When the number of attendees hits 400 the show gets even grander. When a Member of federal parliament agrees to give a speech at the event—to staff, clients and institutional investors—it’s no longer just a company event, it’s a party.

The company in question, Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications, was on the fast track, judging by the attendance numbers and the choice of location for its gala company dinner in 2000, weeks before the dot bombed. Rubbing shoulders with the federal Communications Minister Richard Alston that evening of 30 March was a fellow who liked entertainment. He had worked in the law courts of New South Wales and knew how to put on a performance. Val Bellamy—as he was known in legal and criminal circles, or Graham as he was known in telecommunications circles—was an original partner and was

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Prologue ix
  • Part One - Pioneers and Visionaries 1
  • One - How We Got Online 3
  • Two - Stayin’ Alive 11
  • Three - At the Edge 19
  • Four - The Real Deal 31
  • Five - Creative Sparks Only 39
  • Six - Peakhour Rush 57
  • Seven - Big Bet 63
  • Eight - Two Bags 75
  • Nine - Australian Pin-Up 91
  • Ten - Reputations That Ring a Bell 107
  • Part Two - Opportunists 117
  • Eleven - Chinese Whispers 119
  • Twelve - Dot.Come Up and See Me Some Time 135
  • Thirteen - Mining the Net 143
  • Fourteen - A Stampede of White-Shoe’d Behemoths 167
  • Fifteen - A Recipe for Success 175
  • Sixteen - Big Fat Media Profits 183
  • Seventeen - New Media Barons 193
  • Eighteen - Shop Mauling 209
  • Nineteen - Travels in Cyberspace 231
  • Twenty - Slow-Moving Scions of the Times 243
  • Part Three - The Morning after 253
  • Twenty-One - The Resilience of Optimists 255
  • Twenty-Two - Never Say Die 273
  • Twenty-Three - A Decade on 289
  • Acknowledgements 297
  • Index 301
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