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

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4147-5
216 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This groundbreaking book analyses the geography of the commercial Internet industry. 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.

  • Demonstrates the extraordinary spatial concentration of the Internetindustry.
  • Explains the geographic features of the high tech venture capital behind the Internet economy.
  • Demonstrates how venture capitalists' abilities to create and use tacit knowledge contributes to the clustering of the internet industry
  • Draws on in-depth interviews and field work in San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Maps.

Series Editor's Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1 Uncovering the Geography of the Internet Industry.

2 Origins and Shape of the Internet.

3 Mapping the Internet Industry.

4 Economic Clusters, Knowledge Management and Venture Capital.

5 Connecting Venture Capital to the Geography of the Internet Industry.

6 Finance and the Brokering of Knowledge.

7 Foundation for the Dot-com Boom.

8 Panning for Digital Gold.

9 Dot-com Hangover?.

Bibliography.

Appendix A – Measuring The Internet Industry.

Appendix B – Interview Methodology and Geographic Definitions.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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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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  • Analyses the geography of the commercial Internet industry.
  • Presents the first accurate map of Internet domains in the world, bycountry, by region, by city, and for the US, by neighborhood.
  • Demonstrates the extraordinary spatial concentration of the Internetindustry.
  • Explains the geographic features of the high tech venture capital behind the Internet economy.
  • Demonstrates how venture capitalists' abilities to create and use tacit knowledge contributes to the clustering of the internet industry.
  • Draws on in-depth interviews and field work in San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.
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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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