Creativity Killers

4 Nov

By CopyBlogger

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” ~Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” ~Ken Olson, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” ~H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” ~Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” ~Gary Cooper turning down “Gone With the Wind.”

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. ~Western Union internal memo, 1876.

“The concept is interesting… but to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” ~Yale professor on conceptual paper that became FedEx.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” ~Bill Gates, 1981.

“What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” ~Michael Dell on Apple, 1997.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” ~Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

“The next time you make an assumption, see what happens when you do the opposite.” ~me

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One Response to “Creativity Killers”

  1. Jiu Jitsu Los Angeles May 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I think your quote is the best one of the bunch! How do you think all these men felt in hindsight of what they said? I mean, I know if I was one of the most influential and leading people of technology, I would watch what I would say- unless I was Al Gore 🙂
    Ava

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