THE CFO’S THE ONLY ONE EXPERIMENTING THESE DAYS

“There used to be a sense that we were on the cusp of a significant change that was at once economic and cultural…. The sense that you’re allowed to experiment has been replaced by pressure for quarterly results.”

@NY editor Jason Chervokas, who’s feeling only slightly bitter that he majored in liberal arts instead of accounting, The New York Times, 31 May 1999

GET BUYERED

“The future of the cable business requires deep pockets. [Paul Allen] is going to put small-town America at the forefront of new technology because he believes people in these towns will have insatiable appetites for Internet services.”

Marc Nathanson, chairman of Falcon Cable TV, on his decision to sell out to Microsoft gazillionaire Paul Allen, Seattle Times, 26 May 1999

MARKET SHARE UBER ALLES, BABY

“We don’t expect huge revenue growth from tools. The strategic value is more important than the revenue itself.”

Microsoft developer tools exec Tod Nielsen, explaining why the his company’s recent reorganization into nominally self-sufficient, customer-centric product groups doesn’t really require him to show a profit — not when they’ve got an operating system monopoly to defend, that is, News.com, 24 May 1999