Archive for May, 2001

WHEN YOU GOT NOTHING, YOU GOT NOTHING TO LOSE

May 24, 2001

“There is no killer application for 3G, so you have to have a killer attitude.”

Gartner analyst Nigel Deighton, on the pressing danger that the wireless industry will soon refuse to clap their hands and believe in fairies, BBC News, 23 May 2001

NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT

May 23, 2001

“Intellectual property has an interesting problem, which is that it lasts forever. Your own installed base is serious competition.”

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, making the surprising admission — for a supposed non-monopolist — that Windows only competes with itself, News.com, 23 May 2001

HIGH JINX

May 22, 2001

“I would much rather team up with a company that has been kicked in the head than one that is and always has been flying high.”

DataBites CEO Ralph Rofe, on selling his wireless portal company to Flip Filipowski’s Divine Inc., the incubator turned VC firm turned enterprise software company, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2001

WE HAVE MET THE ENEMA …

May 21, 2001

“What the music industry really needs is an Internet enema.”

MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson, on curing what ails big music companies, MP3.com, 15 October 1998

... AND HE IS US

“MP3.com will be a great asset to Vivendi Universal in meeting our goal of becoming the leading online music service provider.”

Vivendi Universal CEO Jean-Marie Messier, who now owns Robertson’s assets, BBC, 20 May 2001

NONE OF THE ABOVE

May 18, 2001

“No one will deny that Sony is a world-class hardware company, and no one would deny that Microsoft is a world-class software company. Nintendo aspires to be neither one of those things.”

Peter Main, a Nintendo marketing executive, feinting his game-console competitors with damn praise, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2001