NO ACCOUNTING FOR DISTASTE

“I would like to tell you about a number of organizational changes that will help us achieve our goals to better serve our customers, accelerate the speed of making fast, smart decisions, and create cleaner lines of accountability across key leaders.”

Yahoo president Sue Decker, on booting a rival executive to make way for an ally in a corporate reorganization, in an internal memo published by AllThingsD.com, 29 August 2007

THE NETWORK IS THE STOCK PROMOTER

“Java is a technology whose value is near infinite to the Internet, and a brand that’s inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability). And so next week, we’re going to embrace that reality by changing our trading symbol, from SUNW to JAVA.”

Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, on changing the company’s stock-ticker symbol to highlight aging software that, in fact, makes up a vanishingly small part of Sun’s profitability, Jonathan’s Blog, 24 August 2007

THE DAY THE MUSIC SIGHED

“With RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless, we’re creating a unique and engaging experience that also reflects our own strategy of allowing fans to go narrow and deep into the musical genres they love.”

MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath, introducing a new online music service while failing to understand that her company is all about being shallow, RealNetworks.com, 21 August 2007