Dumb tech CEO quotes


18 Responses to “Dumb tech CEO quotes”

  1. rob_cornelius says:

    oh look another slideshow… bye

  2. Jeremy Wilson says:

    I couldn’t read past 18 due to the lack of a “Next” button.

  3. Lobster says:

    Most of these quotes aren’t “dumb.”  They just ended up being wrong.  

    • cellocgw says:

      Yeah, they were dumb.  Because you’d hope that people in charge of developing wicked awesome new tech would know better.   Reminds me of 1950′s sci-fi stories in which interstellar warp-drive spaceships were run by engineers using slide rules to calculate their course.

  4. Halloween_Jack says:

    26. “Hey, guys, let’s take this simple list and make it into a slideshow with pictures that take forever to load, because that’s what the public wants, right?”

  5. Sigmund_Jung says:

    Corporate heads make millions, but have to go on record saying the most absurd things because they fit the company’s strategy. Just look at how LaPierre makes a fool of himself every time he has to defend NRA.

  6. bkad says:

    The quotes that required predicting the future are unfair. No one can predict the future, and unlike us politically/fiscally unimportant people, CEOs don’t have the option of keeping their mouths shut — they are expected to weigh in on the technical and business issues which impact their companies.

    The quotes that are petty malice and arrogance, though, there is no excusing.

  7. I hate to back up Bill Gates, but I think it’s pretty likely he never said that. The 640kb limit isn’t due to a decision he made, but due to where IBM decided to put the memory used by hardware drivers.

    A couple of the other quotes aren’t dumb at all. The Asus guy predicting that US-based PC makers will fail within 20 years? Who’s left? Dell and HP? How’s that goin’ for Dell?

  8. captain_cthulhu says:

    amirite or amirite?!?!

  9. SUMMARY – shittastic slideshow containing approximately:
    - 12 quotes about Apple by CEOs talking smack
    - 5 by Google’s Schmidt disregarding user privacy
    - a couple by Zuckerburg
    - a few decent ones like Gates claiming in 2004 that spam would be dead within a couple of years and Bob Metcalf (co-inventor of ethernet) promising in the mid-90s to eat his words if the internet weren’t dead in a year (he later blended the speech into a drink and consumed it on stage).

  10. Petzl says:

    It’s somewhat unfair to quote balmer.  his job is to compete with apple.   when is pepsico ever going to say something approving of coca cola?

    • Whenever needing material to round out a list of stupid CEO quotes, Balmer is the goto. He just says so many dumb things in such an overblown manner.

      But I agree with the underlying idea of your statement.

    • cellocgw says:

      The point is that Ballmer — or his alter-ego in Bizarro World — should know enough to STFU and stick to actual competing. Like, say, understanding why your products suck and how that might be fixed. 

    • B E Pratt says:

       Actually, it is SOOO fair to quote Ballmer because the man is a raving loon. Check him out on YouTube. He’d be funnier if he wasn’t actually so damn scary.

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