Vancouver's economy has gone through considerable transformation over its short history. The city initially emerged as a thriving coastal town with an abundance of mills, trade, and gold rushes. Today, the city's economic landscape is very different from its roots. Many local businesses have become key pieces of the new global information economy. (to the point Vancouver has often been dubbed "Silicon Valley North"). How did this happen? Was Vancouver's tech scene always this vibrant? Let's rewind back 50 years and take a look.