Where to Look for the Seven Cities of Gold?
Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado set out to find the legendary Seven Cities of Gold in 1540. He learned about a variety of leads and rumors from an assortment of guides and advisors. These diverse clues caused him to cover much ground in the present-day southwestern U.S. and finally took him to Kansas, but he found neither gold nor the fabled cities. Upon his return, the failed expedition forced him into bankruptcy.
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”— Albert Einstein
The 1990s saw the rise of e-commerce as embodied by companies such as Boo.com, theGlobe.com, and FreeInternet.com. Given the low interest rates at the end of the 1990s and the initially stellar performance of these dot-coms on the stock market, it was hard not to invest. But by 2002, $5 trillion had been lost in the market crash and 52 percent of the dot-coms had ceased trading, never having made a profit. Investors had been quick to follow a trend but had forgotten basic wisdom about investment bubbles, learned from prior experience, including the Dutch tulip mania of 1637, when four oxen were exchanged for a tulip bulb.