The Internet boom has proved to be a boon for programmers who refuse to climb the corporate ladder; or kowtow to the whims and fancies of venture capitalists. An increasing number of talented coders are setting up shop on their own, developing niche products for under served markets and making a decent living.
Me part of a cult? Who would've thunk it?
The net provides such power to the individual, making it so easy for ordinary people to eschew working for someone else and building their own global business. It's hard to imagine that even just ten years ago, such a thing was unheard of. And even now, there are kids setting up their own businesses who have known things no other way.