WE’RE THE FLIPPING EDGE IN DOT COM

“In the old days, we had an economic cycle that was a nice rolling, gradual curve. Now it seems we don’t have rolling waves; we have real edges. The real issue is, can you turn on a dime as the needle starts flipping back and forth?”

Sun CEO Scott McNealy, on how the economy threw his company a curve ball, News.com, 19 April 2001

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I’M READY FOR MY BANNER AD, MR. SEMEL

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or the Internet. The services go to the same people, in Sunnyvale, Shanghai and Stockholm.”

Former Warner Bros. studio chief Terry Semel, musing alliteratively about his new gig as Yahoo’s chairman and CEO, CBS MarketWatch, 17 April 2001

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

“If you look at class-action lawsuits, you’d be hard pressed to find a company who doesn’t have one. Nike, Oracle, AT&T, you pick the company.”

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, associating his brand with companies that export labor overseas, hire private investigators to dig through trash, and don’t care because they’re the phone company, The Industry Standard, 11 April 2001

EXERCISING ONE’S OPTIONS

“When I came to NBCi, I had a number of job options. The employment contract I entered into with NBCi reflected the level of compensation I would get in alternative jobs.”

NBCi CEO Will Lansing, on his multimillion-dollar compensation package, which includes a $4 million loan that NBC’s ill-fated portal plans to forgive, despite the complete, ignominious collapse of its business, TheStreet.com, 9 April 2001

HOPE I DIE BEFORE I SOUND OLD

“Whatever mental voice you hear when you read The Economist, it’s not mine. My voice is actually much closer to Wired. By the time it got through the sausage machine, it may have sounded like it was written by a 50-year-old man, but it didn’t start out that way.”

Newly appointed Wired editor Chris Anderson, who, at 39, was just a decade or so ahead of his time at his last job, Wired News, 11 April 2001