The Geography of the Internet Industry: Venture Capital, Dot-coms, and Local Knowledge / Edition 1

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"This book analyses the geography of the commercial internet industry during the dot-com boom. It presents the first accurate map of Internet domains in the world, by country, by region, by city, and for the United States, by neighborhood. Contrary to the predictions of some futurologists, the book demonstrates the extraordinary spatial concentration of the industry and the continued relevance of geography to patterns of economic development in the twenty-first century." Based on in-depth interviews and field work in two key areas - San Francisco Bay Area and New York City - Matthew Zook provides a theoretically informed argument supported by appropriate evidence. His book will be of interest to all those concerned about inequalities arising or being perpetuated through unequal access to technology and the factors driving regional economic development.
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“This book is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on the geography of the information society ... The parallels drawn to related booms and busts of earlier eras demonstrate that the novelty of the ‘new’ economy is as mythical as the ‘end’ of geography in the information age.” Eric Sheppard, University of Minnesota

"Traces the Internet industry from its beginnings … the best picture yet of the Internet boom of the 1990s, its decline in 2000 and 2001, and its stability and slower growth since.” Edward J. Malecki, The Ohio State University

“An authoritative and engaging account of contemporary urban-regional economic development in the information age, that has real explanatory power much like Jean Gottmann’s Megalopolis had in the 1960s. The Geography of the Internet Industry deserves a place on the reading lists of anyone serious about understanding the recent past of the Internet.” Martin Dodge, University College London

“I urge everyone who has a chance to read this book because it is fluent and well constructed, especially given that it is based on a thesis. Unlike most theses, the joins do not show, and this makes for an exciting journey through its pages.”
Michael Batty
University College London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631233312
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/9/2005
  • Series: Information Age Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew A. Zook is Visiting Research Fellow at the Public Policy Instititute of California and Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

1 Uncovering the geography of the Internet industry 1
2 Origins and shape of the Internet 10
3 Mapping the Internet industry 24
4 Economic clusters, knowledge circulation, and venture capital 40
5 Connecting venture capital to the geography of the Internet industry 59
6 Finance and the brokering of knowledge 77
7 Foundation for the dot-com boom 96
8 Panning for digital gold 111
9 Dot-com hangover? 133
App. A Measuring the Internet industry 156
App. B Interview methodology and geographic definitions 163
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