Microsoft took a long time to consider the internet as a thing and was fighting anti-trust charges already, IBM was on its way to ignore the consumer market and Xerox on its way to kill itself, and so was Sun, thinking they were IBM. The retailers didn’t want to change a good thing, because risks don’t pay dividends before you move on somewhere else.
I was a minor :P but there were other competitors that could’ve won, or some of the incumbents could’ve woken up. There’s a reason the big companies buy or litigate everything that moves these days.
Me? Hell, no, I’m just a dumb coder with little skills outside software. Plenty of others who were in similar positions? Maybe. Honestly, I give much more credit Amazon credit for creating AWS: even if it’s an mess to figure out (not much their fault), and not many companies could try do the same due to costs of scale, they did it mostly right.
But I’m not one of the persons arguing Bezos is the worst, or not hard-working (I don’t really know either). Or that he should be stripped of his cash. Or that a blanket wealth tax can work.