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No Turning Back

The dotcoms may be dying off, but their corporate culture is here to stay.

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We just can't stop talking about how those damned dotcoms failed. But were they failures at everything? Wag a finger at questionable start-up ideas and business practices all you want, but the mind-set at those same companies changed the workplace in ways that will matter for years to come.

Affecting everything from how chatty the CEO is to what employees wear to work, the easy-going, free-thinking mentality of the dotcom workplace has crept into even the stodgiest offices. And even though the Foosball tables and Friday-afternoon keggers may be disappearing as businesses tighten their budgets, the relaxed corporate culture those trappings reflected isn't going anywhere.

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