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Bubble Blowers: Companies That Fueled The Tech Bubble

From 1998 to 2000, nearly 1,500 technology companies went public, raising $114 billion. That avalanche of capital was laid at the doorstep of countless companies whose busineses would never turn a profit. But that didn't stop them from taking it.

Companies That Fueled The Tech Bubble

From 1998 to 2000, nearly 1,500 technology companies went public, raising $114 billion. That avalanche of capital was laid at the doorstep of countless companies whose busineses would never turn a profit. But that didn't stop them from taking it.

At the same time, parade of stock pushers made their name and often a small fortune trumpeting the merits of almost every company whose name ended in dot-com. And investors took the plunge.

Perhaps the greatest speculative bubble the stock market has ever seen, the tech bubble finally reached its apex with a handshake on the tenth day of the new millenium with the merger of AOL and Time Warner. But before it was clear that this, the biggest deal in history would ultimately go down as the worst, Internet fever would only grow.

Click ahead to see some of the companies most intrinsically linked to growing, and ultimately bursting the tech bubble.

Don Farrall | Photodisc | Getty ImagesPosted 04 Dec 09