A couple of years ago I took a job at a large agency and inherited a department of young people. On my first day we had a meet-and-greet and near the end I opened up the floor to questions. One of the team, a 24 year-old girl, asked me “what was dot-com like?” It was a funny question, it felt like when people in my generation ask their parents what the 60s were like. Anyway, that was 5 years ago and I don’t remember what I said. If asked the same today, I’d say it wasn’t all that different, only there were far fewer people involved and there was far less money floating around than there is today. But I worked with the biggest bombs of the dot-com era and when the bubble burst I braved 18 straight months of unemployment. On the bright side, being cloaked in failure certainly builds character (don’t let anybody tell you different).