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