Archive for May, 2000

JUST IMAGINE IF THE SOVIET UNION HAD RAISED VENTURE CAPITAL!

May 31, 2000

“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

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

May 30, 2000

“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

IT WAS BOO.COM MEETS THE DEN — IN 1995!

May 29, 2000

“We were doing video in a 28.8 (bps) universe … but it’s hard to keep an audience when half of them either can’t log on at all or can’t get the video to stream smoothly.”

Scott Zakarin, who’s repositioning his daily-diary text experiment The Spot as an early broadband failure, Wired News, 29 May 2000

HEADS WILL ROLL

May 26, 2000

“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

YEAH, BUT MICROSOFT PUTS THE “DUMB” IN “ODERINT DUM METUANT”

May 25, 2000

“Brands are either needed, loved or feared. I think that Microsoft is a needed brand and they have to act like one.”

High-tech überflack Bill Ryan, on Microsoft’s let-them-fear-me-as-long-as-they-use-Office PR strategy, Salon.com, 25 May 2000

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