Stories by Bob Metcalfe

Metcalfe's column: What if I-commerce was restricted on weekends?

With the help of the Internet, markets are taking over from governments.
Allowing freedom of choice among competing alternatives has proven better than centralised planning, even by democracies.
But those who would govern the Internet are not about to slink off.

Metcalfe's column: From the ether

We are now often told that in the internet's New Economy market, dominance belongs to those with first mover advantages. But, of course, the people telling us this are mostly first movers, people whose surreal stock market capitalisations depend on it.

Metcalfe's column: From the ether

Only 10 weeks until November 8, 1999, the day the internet stock bubble will burst. And hurting the most will be companies that rely too much on selling internet ads.

Metcalfe's column: From the ether

In recent weeks I've been working on the question of what software-development platforms will be important in the post-PC Internet era.