Archive for June, 2000

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S A BURN RATE

June 30, 2000

“It’s absolutely true that we have a lot of operating leverage as a result of our fixed investment in these distribution centers that we are not fully utilizing.”

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, whose e-commerce empire continues to spend more money than it takes in, as evidenced by its January decision to lay off some 150 employees it wasn’t fully utilizing, Business Week Online, 30 June 2000

GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT

June 29, 2000

“Some of the things our investigation did may have been unsavory, certainly from a personal hygiene point. I mean, garbage, yuck.”

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, on the cash-for-trash scandal set off by his company’s funding of investigations of organizations believed to be Microsoft front groups, San Jose Mercury News, 29 June 2000

THAT HIP WE-SPENT-OUR-SEED-MONEY-ON-LAPTOPS LOOK

June 28, 2000

“[The target market is a] dot com that doesn’t know if it’s going to be around in a week, but wants to look cutting edge.”

Leo Suarez, a laptop marketer at IBM, on the already-promising resale market for the yet-to-be-rolled-out Thinkpad 240, Wired News, 27 June 2000

THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SQUIRT ITS NAME

June 27, 2000

“I’m skeptical of these devices that find each other and then start doing things among themselves.”

Handspring cofounder Jeff Hawkins, on the unseemly implications of leaving your devices alone together, eWeek, 27 June 2000

SERVICE WITH A LAST MILE

June 26, 2000

“We view ourselves as an Internet retail company, delivering the last mile.”

Webvan CEO George Shaheen, ruminating on the shape of his company’s business after snapping up rival HomeGrocer.com, News.com, 26 June 2000

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