What was the Dot-com Bubble?
Starting in 1997 a lot of companies were formed to take advantage of that "really cool, new internet thing." Investors put a LOT of money into these ventures. People did not know exactly what the internet was good for so folks created a lot of business ideas--a lot just plain wacky. Around 2000 the bubble burst. During its heyday a lot of these companies had a lot of money. They loved to make Super Bowl commercials.