Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecomm Heist / Edition 1

Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecomm Heist / Edition 1

by Om P. Malik
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Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecomm Heist / Edition 1

Investigating the financial fraud and misguided power plays that brought down the telecom industry

Once the foundation of the Dow and NASDAQ, the telecom industry has eaten up more capital than any other industry in recent history and has nothing to show for it. Today, it is by far the worst culprit in the spate of financial dirty dealings that have been splashed across the business pages, and yet the rewards reaped by top executives at many of these failed or failing companies have been inversely proportionate to their decline. Broadbandits takes readers behind the scenes to get the story they won't get in the media. Investigative reporter Om Malik follows the money trail and deciphers the actions and motivations of a generation of new economy "barbarians" that brought down this once lucrative industry. This intriguing book offers an inside look into the telecom bubble, with tales and anecdotes about mavericks who turned simple light and glass fibers into veins of gold, financiers who got greedy and fleeced unsuspecting millions, clueless venture capitalists who thought they'd tapped into the mother lode, hapless entrepreneurs who believed that they were changing the world, and self-proclaimed pundits who were cheering it all on from the sidelines. Broadbandits is a compelling account of the downfall of telecom giants such as WorldCom and Global Crossing, and will show readers how many telecom upstarts and veterans alike became victims of what one chief executive aptly described as "high-yield heroin."

Om Malik (New York, NY) is a Senior Writer for Red Herring who focuses on the telecommunications sector. Prior to joining Red Herring in July 2000, he was senior editor at His work has also been published in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0, Brandweek, and Crain's New York Business. For a very brief while, he was a venture capitalist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471434054
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/23/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Broadbandits: The Most Wanted List.



1. Bernie’s Bad Idea.

2. Rocky Mountain High.

3. Once a Junkie, Always a Junkie.

4. Billionaire versus Billionaire.

5. The Attack of the Clones.


6. Fresh Prince of Hot Air.

7. Nobody@HOME.

8. Teddy Gets Taken to the Cleaners.

9. The House (of Cards) that Jack Built.


10. Canadian Rhapsody.

11. The Dan and Desh Show.

12. Just an Illusion.

13. The Swami of the Broadband Boom.

Epilogue: The End Game.


Appendix A: Cash & Carry.

Appendix B: Bank Balance Buildout.



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Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecomm Heist 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you¿ve even glanced at your retirement account balance or brokerage statement in the past few years, you no doubt have felt the effects of the broadband bubble. Less publicized than the tech wreck of 2000, the broadband meltdown was every bit as costly. Journalist Om Malik gathers the varied tales of telecom shenanigans anddf then adds up the stock sales so you can see just how much the broadbandits took. Malik¿s engaging and vitriolic writing style is fun to read, and he makes the intriguing assertion that the telecoms outdid the dot-coms in terms of sheer greed and gall. We suggest this book to any investor who hopes not to get burned, and to any executive responsible for safeguarding shareholder value.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An obvious question. Forbes ran a lot of stories about Gilder, and the Herring had details and color, but not much negative.