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Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries

Gina Neff


In the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, employees of Internet startups took risks—left well-paying jobs for the chance of striking it rich through stock options (only to end up unemployed a year later), relocated to areas that were epicenters of a booming industry (which shortly went bust), chose the opportunity to be creative over the stability of a set schedule. This book investigates choices such as these made by high-tech workers in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” in the 1990s. Why did these workers exhibit entrepreneurial behavior in their jobs—investing time, energy, and other personal re ... More

Keywords: dot-com boom, Internet startups, stock options, high-tech workers, Silicon Alley, entrepreneurial behavior, venture labor, employees, entrepreneurs, economic risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017480
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gina Neff, author