Tech Predictions, Quotes and Top Tech Acquisitions
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
Darryl Zanuck, executive at 20th Century Fox, 1946
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
"Two years from now, spam will be solved."
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 2004
"Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet's continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse."
Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, 1995
"Apple is already dead."
Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO, 1997
"The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."
Sir William Preece, chief engineer, British Post Office
''It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.''
Bill Gates - Microsoft
''Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.''
Steve Jobs - Apple
''The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.''
''If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.''
Jeff Bezos - Amazon
Top Tech Acquisitions
''The best way to predict the future is to create it.''
''There are a thousand excuses for failure, but never a good reason.''
''If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.''
''The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.''
''You can't Manage what you don't Measure!''
''The Best Organizational Metrics are Cash Flow, Customer Satisfaction, and Employee Engagement. ''
''Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.''
Sergey Brin - Google
13. Oracle Buys Sun ($8.2 bn, 2011) -12. Microsoft buys Skype ($8.5 bn, 2011) -11. HP buys Autonomy ($10.3 bn, 2011) - 10.Oracle buys PeopleSoft, ($10.3 bn, 2005) - 9.Google buys Motorola ($12.5 bn, 2011) -8.Symantec buys Veritas ($13.5 bn, 2005) 7. HP buys EDS ($15.4 bn, 2008) - 6.Facebook buys WhatsApp ($19 bn, 2014) - 5. Microsoft buys LinkedIn ($26 bn, 2016) - 4. SoftBank buys ARM ($32.3 bn, 2016) - 3.HP buys Compaq ($33.6 bn, 2001) - 2. IBM acquires Red Hat ($34bn, 2018)
1. Dell buys EMC ($67 bn, 2015)
"No one will need more than 637KB of memory for a personal computer. 640KB ought to be enough for anybody."
Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft.1981