Sure, many of the dotcoms that disappeared during the Internet crash in 2000 'fell victim' to spending their funding money on $150 Dean and Deluca cookie baskets in each of their 15 international offices.

But even among the high-profile dot bombs, there were ideas and concepts that consumers actually appreciated a lot. And good ideas can always be revived, albeit in a different form and with a different cost structure.

Which is why TRENDWATCHING.COM predicts a SECOND .COMING for hundreds of failed dotcom ideas and concepts (mind you, just the ideas and concepts, not necessarily the defunct companies ;-), whether they're about delivering snacks in urban settings or selling pet food in large quantities.

To add to the excitement, these second-chance ideas will enter a new, much more attractive arena:

More than 600 million consumers are now online worldwide. (
E-commerce continues to grow at a fast pace, with 2002's online Christmas sales breaking all records, surpassing 7.9 billion USD in the US. Holiday sales in Europe were even higher. (Gartner)
Both remaining and new dotcoms are more focused on the bottom line and thus (slowly) coming back in favour with venture capitalists. (Business Week)
Compared to the late '90s, start-ups in most industries face far fewer competitors, diminishing the need for hasty, too-grandiose build outs.

For those interested in resurrecting a potentially highly successful e-commerce venture, may we suggest mining F*** for failed companies with much-loved ideas? ;-)
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