IF IT’S WEDNESDAY, WE’RE INSULTING OUR PARTNERS

“Today we’re talking a lot about the enterprise because it’s enterprise Tuesday. We’re going to talk big-time about consumers on Thursday with Jim ‘I’m-big-because-I-testified-before-the-federal-government’ Barksdale.”

Palm Computing president Alan Kessler, explaining that his company’s day-by-day shifts in strategic focus are actually carefully choreographed, Wired News, 20 October 1999

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, I SAY!

“When Microsoft first announced its Hotel Price Matcher copycat service, we were, quite frankly, stunned by its blatant disregard for our prior relationship and our property rights.”

Priceline CEO Richard Braddock, explaining that his company was surprised by erstwhile partner Microsoft’s behavior in launching a competing hotel-room bidding service, News.com, 14 October 1999

PAPER OR PLASTIC?

“My vision of the future is that we become an equity economy. Here in Silicon Valley you can start a business, you can get your ads, your public relations, your lawyering, your banking with equity. That’s cool.”

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, inadvertently raising questions about why stock- and credit-card-equipped entrepreneurs would need his old-school cash, Salon.com, 13 October 1999