Archive for December, 2000

WE PUT THE “TALK” IN BIZTALK

December 22, 2000

“Great Plains has a depth of expertise in business-process applications and services which Microsoft doesn’t have.”

Microsoft executive Jeff Raikes, revealing the intersection of the company’s vaporware marketing and its acquisition strategy, The New York Times, 22 December 2000

CAN YOU WRITE OFF THAT SWEATER AS R&D?

December 21, 2000

“[Shopping online] lets me do two things at once: I can gather competitive intelligence and get my Christmas shopping done.”

Mark Goldstein, CEO of Kmart subsidiary BlueLight.com, readying a glib excuse if confronted with a receipt from Amazon.com, News.com, 21 December 2000

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, THE GAIN IS GONE

December 20, 2000

“Given the stunning lack of consumer demand for eToys’ much-enhanced services this season, it is now clear to us that eToys substantially over-spent.”

Robertson Stephens e-tailing analyst Lauren Cooks Levitan, who now feels free to downgrade a company she once touted, as it’s not likely to bring her firm much investment-banking business, Upside.com, 19 December 2000

LE R.O.I., C’EST MOI

December 19, 2000

“We sometimes continue to invest in supporting old platforms beyond the point of real return for either our customers or us.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, breaking the news gently to founder Bill Gates that Windows’ days are numbered, company memo published in ZDNN, 19 December 2000

THE NEW NEW NOTHING

December 18, 2000

“The industry as a whole is not performing as it should be. There’s a reason for that — it’s new.”

Razorfish COO Jean-Philippe Maheu, who has time to make excuses for the loss-making e-consultancy now that its clients have bailed on it, The New York Times, 16 December 2000

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