VEST DIFFERENT

“We’re not aware of any fight. We are aware of a difference in shareholder rights.”

Tom Guilefoile, a Lycos finance executive, pretending not to comment on a shareholder dispute brewing in its recent Wired Digital acquisition, Salon Magazine, 16 February 1999

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YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE

“It is a lot deeper than just my refund. The issue is as important as the peace issues of the Vietnam era. The difference is that people aren’t dying.”

Marilyn Davis, head of eVote, on the deep political meaning of her participation in a protest over Microsoft’s Windows refund policy, San Jose Mercury News, 16 February 1999

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“[Lycos CEO Bob Davis] is a smart guy who recognized his stock was sitting on vapor and he couldn’t sustain that multiple — and that he needed a real business.”

Seagram CEO Edgar Bronfman, who’s set to be a major shareholder in Lycos if the company ever figures how it will merge with USA Networks, doing his best to suppot Lycos’s share price, News.com, 12 February 1999

OUR VALUE’S SO CLEAR, IT’S PRACTICALLY INVISIBLE

“Anyone who thinks that Merrill Lynch won’t be using the Internet to magnify the value we deliver to clients is making a major miscalculation.”

Merrill Lynch spokesperson Jim Wiggins, on the full-service broker’s plan to make its value proposition more transparent in the Internet era, The New York Times, 10 February 1999