Archive for September, 1999

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE DEAL BEHIND THE CURTAIN

September 30, 1999

“We have periodically explored, and we continue to explore, many alternatives with respect to our Internet strategy and our ownership interest in Excite@Home.”

AT&T, Excite@Home’s majority shareholder, commenting on rumors that it wants to split up Excite.com from the @Home cable-modem network, CBS MarketWatch, 30 September 1999

TARGET MARKET

September 29, 1999

“Lycos creates site to lure children”

News.com headline, describing a new Lycos effort to aggressively seek out minors, which suggests they could take tips from former Infoseek executive Patrick Naughton, News.com, 29 September 1999

ONE-CLICK COMPETITION

September 28, 1999

“I have regrets about bookshops going out of business. It does give me pangs of conscience.”

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, crying all the way to the bank as his offline competitors take hits, ZDNN, 28 September 1999

WE TRY HARDER THAN, UM, THAT OTHER DIVISION

September 27, 1999

“It’s like Hertz and Budget. Hertz is the largest and most dominant, but Budget has a brand name you’ve heard of and that is a good alternative in the value space.”

America Online executive Audrey Weil, on the sub-brand Compuserve Internet service she runs, The New York Times, 27 September 1999

TAKE MY STOCK, PLEASE

September 24, 1999

“There’s such an overvaluation of tech stocks it’s absurd. And I’d put our company’s stock in that category.”

Microsoft president Steve Ballmer, putting a big “kick me” sign on shares of his company, The New York Times, 24 September 1999

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