Archive for November, 1998

THERE’S AN INVESTOR BORN EVERY MINUTE

November 30, 1998

“We get a lot of interest from the investment community just because people are curious.”

Andrew Beebe, founder of the unduly secretive Springfield Project, on his non-disclosure agreement with the whole industry, Wired News, 25 November 1998

ASSIMILATE THIS

November 25, 1998

“Mozilla.org is not Netscape. And it is not now, nor will it ever be, AOL.”

Jamie Zawinski, hacker-in-chief and spirit guide of the Mozilla Organization, on the Netscape-AOL merger’s effect on the open-source browser project, Mozilla.org, 23 November 1998

BUILD IT, AND THEY WILL … OH, NEVER MIND

November 24, 1998

“You spend a lot of money building the best store you can. Then you need customers.”

Bob Saltzman, VP of strategic development at CDnow, delivering a heretofore unknown secret of e-commerce, Wired News, 23 November 1998

WE SELL OUT ON INTERNET TIME, TOO

November 23, 1998

“Look, at some point, you have to put business interests over personal ones. Getting to No. 1 was going to be a very hard thing to do on our own.”

An unnamed Netscape executive, no doubt one of many “close to discussions” on selling the company to America Online, The Wall Street Journal, 22 November 1998

BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES

November 20, 1998

“It’s almost impossible to make a name for yourself on the Internet unless you do something scandalous like Matt Drudge.”

Novelist Tom Wolfe, on the impossibility of young auteurs rising above Net noise, The Washington Post, 16 November 1998

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