Monday, November 26, 2012

Eat your words again plz...

9. "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better
than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."  --A Yale University management
professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight
delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

10. "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"  --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers,1927.

11. "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary
Cooper."  --Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in
"Gone With The Wind."

12. "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say
America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."
--Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

13. "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."  --Decca
Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

14. "Heavier-than- air flying machines are impossible."  --Lord Kelvin,
president, Royal Society, 1895.

15. "If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The
literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."  --Spencer
Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

16. "So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even
built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or
we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come
work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard,
and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college
yet.'"  --Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari
and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

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