Competition is warfare. Mostly it is played by prescribed rules--there is a sort of Geneva Convention for competition--but it's thorough and often brutal.
The boom was healthy too, even with its excesses. Because what this incredible valuation craze did was draw untold sums of billions of dollars into building the Internet infrastructure. The hundreds of billions of dollars that got invested in telecommunications, for example.
I think Amazon is the preeminent pioneer in building a new way of doing commerce: personalized, database-driven commerce, where the big value is not in the purchase fulfillment, but in knowing as much about a customer base of ten or twenty million people as a corner store used to know about a custom
I was really surprised by the lack of awareness, by the apathy two years ago, ... The absence of that today is not surprising.
So give me a turbulent world as opposed to a quiet world and I'll take the turbulent one.
A question that often comes up at times of strategic transformation is, should you pursue a highly focused approach, betting everything on one strategic goal, or should you hedge? ... Mark Twain hit it on the head when he said, Put all of your eggs in one basket and WATCH THAT BASKET.
Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
We are intending a very, very strong make over of our entire product line as the year goes on,
upset the existing order.
Only the paranoid survive.
You have to understand what it is that you are better at than anybody else and mercilessly focus your efforts on it.
I'm a great believer in particularly being alert to changes that change something, anything, by an order of magnitude, and nothing operates with the factors of 10 as profoundly as the Internet.
You need to plan the way a fire department plans: it cannot anticipate where the next fire will be, so it has to shape an energetic and efficient team that is capable of responding to the unanticipated as well as to any ordinary event.
The growth rate of Napster blew away any previous web site growth rate, approaching an order of magnitude,
Every generation thinks that they invented sex.
I did not want to become a poster child for yet another disease. Andy G
E-Commerce is happening the way all the hype said it would. Internet deployment is happening. Broadband is happening. Everything we ever said about the Internet is happening. And it is very, very early. We can't even glimpse it's potential in changing the way people work and live.
What kind of a society are we going to have if it consists of highly paid people doing high-value-added work - and masses of unemployed?
Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age.
I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly
There are so many people working so hard and achieving so little.
So give me a turbulent world as opposed to a quiet world and I ´ll take the turbulent one.
How can you motivate yourself to continue to follow a leader when he appears to be going around in circles?
You need just the right amount of ambition . . . If you have too little ambition, you don't push or work hard. If you have too much ambition, you put yourself ahead of others, elbow them out of your way.
There are two options: adapt or die.
No problem is so complicated that you cannot make it more complicated.
There are so many people working so hard and achieving so little. Andy Grov
I was glad I liked chemistry.
E-commerce does provide a very clear competitive advantage to companies that embrace it, ... Nothing can spur you on to be aggressive as much as seeing somebody who is outdistancing you.
With all due respect to Microsoft and Intel, there is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time.