"We live in a bubble, and I don’t mean a tech bubble or a valuation bubble. I mean a bubble as in our own little world."
- Eric Schmidt | America’s New Oligarchs
"Our heavy investments in Prime, AWS, Kindle, digital media, and customer experience in general strike some as too generous, shareholder indifferent, or even at odds with being a for-profit company. “Amazon, as far as I can tell, is a charitable organization being run by elements of the investment community for the benefit of consumers,” writes one outside observer.
But I don’t think so.
To me, trying to dole out improvements in a just-in-time fashion would be too clever by half. It would be risky in a world as fast-moving as the one we all live in.
More fundamentally, I think long-term thinking squares the circle. Proactively delighting customers earns trust, which earns more business from those customers, even in new business arenas. Take a long-term view, and the interests of customers and shareholders align."
- Jeff Bezos | Amazon’s Letter To Shareholders Should Inspire Every Company In America
"On paper, literally everything about Google Fiber makes standard digital-cable service look like something that was cobbled together by members of a lesser phylum."
- Google Fiber Set to Challenge Data/TV Providers | Adweek
"The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do."
- Marc Andreessen | How the internet is making us poor – Quartz
"What will it take to build emotive-and-empathic data experiences? Less data science and more data art — which, in other words, means that data wranglers have to develop correlations between data much like the human brain finds context. It is actually not about building the fanciest machine, but instead about the ability to ask the human questions. It is not about just being data informed, but being data aware and data intelligent."
- Om Malik | Coffee & Empathy: Why data without a soul is meaningless
"I didn’t get into space or transportation or solar because I saw them as good [investment] opportunities. I saw them as places where something needed to be done."
- Elon Musk, SXSW keynote (via Wired.com)
"if you asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."
- Henry Ford on market research (via stoweboyd)
"It’s often easier to make something 10 times better than it is to make it 10 percent better."
- Astro Teller: Google X Head on Moonshots: How 10X Is Easier Than 10 Percent | Wired.com (via ronenreblogs)
"Video game violence is not a new problem. Who can forget in the wake of Sim City how children everywhere took up urban planning? It was all ‘Tune in, turn on, and zone for residential use, man!!!’"
- STEPHEN COLBERT, remarking on gun nuts trying to shift blame for gun violence to video games (via inothernews)