Archive for July, 1999

INVASION OF THE BUSINESS-PLAN SNATCHERS

July 30, 1999

“There’s a whole upshot of new companies and startups taking off and it’s much more effective to be part of the community.”

Microsoft VP Tod Nielsen, on his company’s efforts to blend invisibly with the Silicon Valley startup crowd, so that the resistance ends quietly, Marketing Computers, 1 August 1999 (issue date)

OFF WITH THEIR DONGLES!

July 29, 1999

“The Internet now offers a cyber version of the French Revolution in which one can become a member of a new, cool elite.”

Computer expert Joachim Fischer, on the asocial revolution the Net has kicked into gear, the London Evening Standard, 28 July 1999

THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE PIE BUSINESS

July 28, 1999

“The entertainment pie is growing, but each slice of the pie is getting smaller. Rather than be in the slice business, as many entertainment companies are, we feel we have to be in the pie business to succeed.”

Larry Kasanoff, CEO of Threshold Entertainment, on how his multimedia company intends to get its cut, Redherring.com, 29 July 1999

SUBSTANDARD WARS

July 27, 1999

“If [Microsoft] introduces interoperability without a deal with us, it’s a hack, and it doesn’t really work.”

Barry Schuler, president of AOL Interactive Services, on America Online’s strategy of sticking its head up the security holes in its instant messaging clients, instead of embracing open standards, Interactive Week, 23 July 1999

PICTURE IMPERFECT

July 26, 1999

“Would we put up the source code for Photoshop? Not in a million years…. Well, maybe sometime in the future.”

Adobe CEO John Warnock, tripping over his tongue as he faces the chasm of the Web’s open-source software culture, Macweek.com, 18 July 1999

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