WE KINDA, SORTA, MAYBE REALLY SUCKED

“In hindsight, we realize that our software experience was too complex. Maybe we didn’t have as good designs as our competitors. We understand we’re not exactly No. 1.”

Microsoft Pocket PC product manager Phil Holden, on his company’s decidedly second-rate handheld software products, News.com, 22 March 2000

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NO SALE IS EVER FINAL

“Revenue always comes in the last two weeks of the quarter, and that has always been understood by everyone.”

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, commenting on an accounting debacle that sunk his company’s value by almost two-thirds and forced it to restate two years of income from contracts that materialized right at the end of a quarter — or even after, The New York Times, 21 March 2000