The low cost of hardware and software has really facilitated a lot of the new dot com boom. Before you needed to buy Sun servers with Solaris and other hefty priced gadgetry.
Now you can get a reliable Windows box for $400 a month or a massive Linux storage box for the same.
There are much easier to use free database servers now as well so you're not forking out $40,000 to store data.
It's a vastly different world now than it was between 1997 and 2000.
Hmmm... Now what am I going to do to hop on the band wagon?