Season 20, Episode 10 Dot Con

First Aired: January 24, 2002

A look at the tech-stock boom and bust, and the role that the initial-public-offering process (“the big bang,” says producer Martin Smith) might have played in both. The hour follows three dot-coms through the financial “food chain” that culminated with their IPOs and examines why things went wrong (two are no longer in business). Says Smith: “They got out into the public marketplace well before they were ready.”