People-watching in the business world was never so fun until the Internet Economy came along.
There's the job-hopping, for one, and the ever-increasing tally of new millionaires. But what makes watching Internet executives really entertaining - and challenging - is that you never know what's going to happen next.
Who would have thought that by the end of 1999 the esteemed editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association would find himself fired, hired by a Netco and on his way to a new career as a leader in creating standards for online health care?
No one could have predicted that two Republican governors, Jim Gilmore and Michael Leavitt, from states with strong high-tech roots, would find themselves on opposing sides of the debate over taxation of Internet commerce. Or that Matt Andresen, a 29-year-old who went to the Olympic trials as a fencer, would a few years later be sticking it to Nasdaq as the head of a company that's changing the way stocks are traded.
Then there are those like Red Hat's Bob Young, who gave a public face to the Linux operating system, and Michael Robertson, whose fortuitously named MP3.com took on the entire recording industry. They'll both be on the hot seat this year.
In sum, The Standard's 10 People to Watch in 2000 exemplify the best of the Internet Economy: They're smart and fast, and they're all scrambling like mad to stay ahead of the curve.