Archive for December, 1999

PICK IT, BOX IT … UM, WE FORGOT WHAT COMES NEXT

December 24, 1999

“We sat down yesterday and felt that there were some orders that we were not able to ship for Christmas.”

Toysrus.com CEO John Barbour, on the lack of fulfillment felt by his company’s warehouse workers during the holiday rush, The New York Times, 23 December 1999

CULT OF LACK OF PERSONALITY

December 23, 1999

“We are a cult in a way, but we’re a customer cult, which isn’t so bad.”

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, acknowledging his e-commerce firm’s slightly creepy work ethic, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 December 1999

DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON)

December 22, 1999

“In the 1970s we had Bjorn Borg and ABBA; now we’ve got Swedish Internet companies that are fast becoming stars and challenging U.S. firms.”

Swedish venture capitalist Kjell Spangberg, on his plans to take his portfolio public to a financial Waterloo, News.com, 22 December 1999

PREVIOUSLY, WE ONLY STARTED FAKE BUSINESSES

December 21, 1999

“Our philosophy is to start real businesses on the Internet.”

Virgin Group flack Will Whitehorn, on Richard Branson’s latest foray into the Net, Reuters, 21 December 1999

WE SPEND AT LEAST 30 SECONDS ON OUR FORECASTS

December 20, 1999

“You can build a forecast in about 10 seconds by sitting in a room and guessing. Sometimes I fear that folks think that’s how we do it.”

Jupiter research chief Evan Cohen, revealing how holiday e-commerce figures are cooked up, The New York Times Magazine, 19 December 1999

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