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Entrepreneurs were both beneficiaries and victims of the bubble and the other players in the financial value chain. Excited by the prospect of great wealth, they eagerly took their companies public; but usually they were unable to sell out quickly, and in the bubble's burst, many lost all their wealth and their companies as well.

Entrepreneurs generally started with an idea and hard work; were pushed to make their companies get-big-fast; saw their companies taken public to the great profit of many, but rarely themselves; and then when the market crashed, lost most of both their paper wealth and their companies. What had been lost by a young entrepreneur? The answer is years of intense effort, and a business which might have, in a different context, survived to prosper to the benefit of its founders, employees, and customers. What had been gained? Some bitter experience.


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