Netscape: Down For The Count?

They always said they were doomed, the bright young hackers who made Netscape Communications the fastest-growing software company on the planet. It was their unofficial slogan: "We're doomed!" It was whispered over high fives in the hallway. It was the sign-off at all-hands meetings, the spoken and unspoken message of the day. "We're doomed!"

Such talk was partly the bravado of engineers who recognize that everything in the universe ends in entropy and disarray. It's also the organized religion of any successful start-up: We're working 120 hours a week, and we may be doomed even if we ship our code on...

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