Introduction

In the 1880s, the advent of the railroad spurred the manufacturing economy. The railroad’s capability to distribute raw materials and finished goods efficiently unlocked a century of economic growth.

In the 1980s, a similar revolution began with the introduction of the personal computer, the network, and the World Wide Web. These inventions unlocked the information economy, and we’re still harnessing the full efficiencies and potential of this information economy. As with any economic development, up and down cycles, dotcom booms, and recessionary busts occur. But from a historical perspective, the opportunity for growth driven by continued refinement of the tools of the information economy has never looked brighter.

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