JUST IMAGINE IF THE SOVIET UNION HAD RAISED VENTURE CAPITAL!

“If the Internet should require an unfair and unjust paradigm to perpetuate itself, then it too will crack, crumble and collapse, and it won’t take five decades of Cold War politics for it to happen.”

Seagram CEO Edgar Bronfman, comparing dot-communist music pirates to Reagan-era bugaboos, Variety, 29 May 2000

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ONE THING I’M CLEAR ON: IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

“I believe I’m creating the business magazine of the 21st century. But it’s kind of strange being a rock star because it blurs the boundaries between writing the story and being the story.”

Red Herring editor Jason Pontin, exploring his boundary issues in public, The Independent, 29 May 2000

HEADS WILL ROLL

“We’re not happy with it, but the whole sector has been creamed. I don’t think we have a lot of control over it. All we can do is execute.”

Salon.com CEO Michael O’Donnell, on Wall Street’s way harsh reactions to the company’s disappointing revenue figures, which certainly couldn’t have anything to do with O’Donnell’s inability to keep his VP of sales and CFO on board, Inside.com, 26 May 2000

BY “PEOPLE,” I MEAN STEVE BALLMER

“We’re just at the beginning of a phase that I guess you could call the ‘rational phase’ that was due to arise at some point. This is the phase where people are asking, ‘What does it have to do with profit?'”

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, on the pesky questions people might be asking about Microsoft’s red-ink-stained Internet ventures, Wired News, 24 May 2000