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Re: Cruising Memory Lane in the Webvan
Posted by: Keith Regan 2002-07-31 16:39:53
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A year ago this month, Webvan called it quits. If it seems like the shutdown happened
earlier than that, it might be because the company was on the way out for months before
its final exit. Or it might be that, in the big picture, Webvan just didn't matter that
much. Maybe the Webvan lesson is that no single company, no single idea, no matter how
grand, no matter how many people buy into it, is big enough to stop a revolutionary
industry like e-commerce.

Re: Cruising Memory Lane in the Webvan
Posted by: pogborn 2002-08-05 19:33:31 In reply to: Keith Regan
As always, "rapid" evolutionary transformations take lots of energy for change to take place - and to get it started usually requires a catalyst. Unfortunately, the catalyst doesn't usually survive the event it launches. As philosophical as your observations might sound, I think you're "on the mark".
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What was your initial reaction to news of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack?
It demonstrates that all critical infrastructure sectors are at high risk of disruption by cybercriminals.
Everyone will be paying for this attack in the form of higher energy costs.
Governments need to work more closely with private industries to protect networks for the sake of public safety.
It's a global problem. An international alliance must be formed to hold the perpetrators accountable and prevent future attacks.