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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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Preface to the Third Edition

It was a magic, crazy time when cranks and dreamers saw the power they imagined drop into their hands and used it to change the world. It was a technological and business turning point when multinational corporations lost their way and kitchen-table entrepreneurs seized the banner and ran off into a future out of science-fiction stories. It was a brief and heady moment when nerds laughed in bullies’ faces, idealism paid off, and you could feel the pace of change. Hobbyists became visionaries and visionaries became multimillionaires. It was a bona fide revolution, bred of those things that drive people to greatness: greed and idealism, pride and love, the thrill of achieving what nobody else has ever done before, ...

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