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Notable quotes about Oracle, BlackBerry, Cisco and others in the software industry ecosystem

By March 24, 2013Uncategorized

“I get more and more excited every day. I really have to make sure I stay grounded and I don’t lose my sense for reality. But for the whole company this is so important to finally be here, and to see people buying it [Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry], after we were told 30 months ago when we started that two quarters down the road we would be bankrupt, we would be out of business.”
–          Thorsten Heins, CEO, Research in Motion
“Database revenue, which has been the cash machine of the company [Oracle], has changed. There are now alternative databases, as well as the cloud. That pressure is still a tiny bleed, but it is out there and the question is — is it bigger than we think it is?”
–          Mark Moerdler, analyst, Bernstein Research
“If he were alive today, I suspect he’d be really fascinated about what’s happening with sensors. When you look at the ability to capture all kinds of information with sensors and then customize services back to individuals, that is so Steve Jobs. That’s the kind of thing he’d have salivated over.”
–          John Sculley, currently manager of investment firm; former CEO of Apple
“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.”
–         Bill Gates
“After reading Lean In and listening to Sheryl, I realize that, while I believe I am relatively enlightened, I have not consistently walked the talk. I think each of you, on reflection, will identify opportunities to operate at a new level with your women employees, leaders, customers, partners, and peers … 1) please read the copy of Lean In you will be receiving shortly, before we get to the SVP/VP off-site and 2) determine 3-4 specific things you will do differently.”
–          John Chambers, CEO, Cisco (in an email to Cisco employees)