The Electrical Manufacturers, 1875-1900 (Studies in Entrepreneurial History)

Author: Harold C. Passer


by Animats   2022-05-24
Better URL. [1]

It's in the Stanford libraries, or at least was when I read it years ago.

Also useful is "Men and Volts", an official history of General Electric.[2]

From an investment perspective, it's worth reading the early history of the electrical industry, because it's very much like the history of the computer industry. Just a century earlier. You get to see something go from cutting edge technology with high margins to dull and boring with low margins, over half a century. You get to see the transition from thousands of little companies to a few big ones.

As you keep going into the radio era, you see the transition from paid services to ad-supported ones. It will all look very familiar.