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Anxiety

In 1999, George Bell, then CEO of Excite, tried to explain his profound sense of weariness to former Internet pioneer and CEO Michael Wolff. Bell said:

It's not just the airplanes. It's not just raising money—endless amounts of money. It's not just looking at a vast payroll every other week at a company that is not able to reliably support itself. It's not just the uncertainty. It's not just the 24/7 business schedule. It's the acceleration. Your job is to transform—and to be transformed. To be able to withstand some speeded-up evolutionary process. And, of course, to be one of the evolutionary survivors…I've lost the capacity to let my guard down.[4]


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