There was a point where Comdex, the computer dealer show, reigned supreme. So did the dinosaurs. Both got larger and larger. Both collapsed.

There is a lesson there, which is that there's a point at which shows and animals can't get any larger. Comdex, for a long time, benefited by getting larger. The fall version of the show was the large one as it passed 100,000, then 200,000 visitors. It went from occupying all the halls in the Las Vegas convention center to occupying several sites. It wasn't physically possible for one person to walk by and look fleetingly at every exhibit in the convention center, much less visit all sites. The show collapsed after Sept. 11, 2001.

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