You don’t start a company because you want to be an entrepreneur or the fame and glory that comes along with it. You become an entrepreneur, and you create a company to solve a real problem. And by real problem, I mean a problem that is going to exist down the line.
One third of the economy goes through ‘QuickBooks’ in terms of businesses invoicing other businesses. Each invoice contains a connection between vendors, suppliers, and customers, and also the price of that connection. Representing the payment graph is huge opportunity and something no other company can do.
We could have gone with much bigger labels and more money, but we wanted to go with a company that is LA based, all in the same building, and really understands what the artists want.
Starting a company and being a founder is really hard, and most companies fail. You really have to have a deep commitment and belief in it and be willing to see it through many ups and downs.
When consumers purchase a Toyota, they are not simply purchasing a car, truck or van. They are placing their trust in our company.
As far as Apple goes, it was a different company every few years from the time I joined in 1984.
John W. Snow was paid more than $50 million in salary, bonus and stock in his nearly 12 years as chairman of the CSX Corporation, the railroad company. During that period, the company’s profits fell, and its stock rose a bit more than half as much as that of the average big company.
Ideally, in the future, you’ll just pay your cable company for the stream, which you’ll be able to watch and manipulate through whatever means on whatever devices you like.
When you make a lot of money for a record company, they don’t want you to evolve. Growing older, you naturally do.
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
I grew up in Oxnard, CA, and I went to a church called St. Paul, where I was playing drums. My mom had a strawberry company. The whole town of Oxnard is basically built on produce, and more particularly, strawberries.
io9 was the last standalone site that Gawker Media ever launched. It was born at a time when many of the company’s other famous sites, from Consumerist and Wonkette to Fleshbot and Idolator, were being sold off or shuttered.
I have zero tolerance for people who don’t come completely prepared. I expect contribution, I expect attendance, and I expect directors to take trips and visit the company’s programs.
When a company is fairly certain of a profit margin that is substantial, it can assume responsibility for the clinical trials to develop a blockbuster drug.
Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks.
I inherited the company from my father after he died very unexpectedly from a heart attack in 1966. He was just 51 years old, and I was 21.
Wipro Arabia is a joint venture company with Dar Al Riyadh, a well-diversified group in Saudi Arabia.
I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do.
If Facebook gets your entire social graph, you don’t necessarily want to share everything with your entire social graph. You might wanna parse that social graph. So there’s a company called PASS that is a private social network that I personally use for my friends and my family.
Human beings are social creatures. We are social not just in the trivial sense that we like company, and not just in the obvious sense that we each depend on others. We are social in a more elemental way: simply to exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people.
I want to be clear. No company is too big to be prosecuted. We have zero tolerance for corporate fraud, but we also recognize the importance of avoiding collateral consequences whenever possible.
We have a company, Geometric Software, which is into engineering services software. We have a company called Nature’s Basket, which is into gourmet retailing. Both are specialized companies.
I have an odd fetish with nails. I was always doing beauty blogs about nails, and it would be on Fridays called ‘Friday’s Fingertip Fetish.’ It became so popular that a nail polish company approached me, and Fingertip Fetish was born.
No company should depend on one person no matter how that person is smart or genius, whether it’s Apple or News Corp, or Citibank or any other company in the world.
Well, you know, News Corp is the only real media global – that has a global presence that’s involved in TV production, in movies, in publishing, in newspapers, digital media, et cetera. So for a company like that to function, clearly it does not depend only on Rupert Murdoch or James Murdoch.
It’s so hard to pick a ‘single.’ I always want it to be whatever my favorite tune is, but often the record company and the person whose job it is to take it to radio have different ideas.
I would have to say honestly I was very pleased to be in a film whether it was good or bad with De Niro, Norton and Brando even if I don’t have any scenes with them, I thought it was pretty good company to keep.
My company in the U.S., Pratt Industries U.S.A., has grown from scratch to become a billion-dollar business based on recycling, as well as the largest Australian-owned employer of U.S. citizens.
I have a theater company that I’m a part of, Colt Coeur, and they do some really rad projects.
Regarding our links with the Russian government, Severstal is a private company with no government participation. We are answerable to our shareholders.
In a literal sense, even a private company, of course, cannot do everything that it wants without some discussion with government. As a good corporate citizen, Severstal discussed the idea of a merger with Arcelor with the Russian government.
My wealth is reflected in the price of Severstal, and the number of shares I have in my possession doesn’t have any impact on the company.
One hundred percent of our earnings are reinvested in the company, and a great deal of that goes to research.
Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate.
Starting a company is like going to war. You can’t do anything else but be fully engaged. You have to be insanely, passionately, nothing-can-stop-me committed.
Every venture capitalist says at some point, ‘I wish I could run this company myself’ – to be the entrepreneur instead of the investor.
It’s harder than ever to build an enduring company. As soon as a product strikes a nerve with customers, competitors emerge globally because the costs to start are so low.
If we don’t build a company as influential as Google or Facebook, then we failed. I’m, like, perpetually stressed, honestly.
Yandex originated from a company called Arkadia, which created two search programs under the DOS operating system in 1990.
But if two’s company, three’s a crowd – and that demands the omniscient point of view.
And we can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra. Less than a year ago, we were standing on what was an empty lot. But through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new factory is the result of those loans.
Employers have gone away from the idea that an employee is a long-term asset to the company, someone to be nurtured and developed, to a new notion that they are disposable.
If you’re going to run a public company, be absolutely certain of what the parameters are, what the clarity is, that you can explain it to yourselves and explain it externally.
We were ready to launch Barry White, but the record company wouldn’t put it out. Said it wouldn’t sell.
When you look at a company that’s already succeeded or is at the very top of its game, it isn’t necessarily when it’s executing well. It tends to be peacetime – you’ve defeated the competition, you have the highest margins, the highest multiple.
Every employee in a company depends on the C.E.O. to make fast, high-quality decisions.
In Silicon Valley, when you’re a private company, the entrepreneur can do no wrong.
In a company, hundreds of decisions get made, but objectives and goals are thin.
When the value of the company clearly has fallen below what its assets are worth, having a shareholder who says, ‘Let’s get a better board’ can be helpful.
I was an executive running a pretty substantial group before becoming CEO, and I had no idea what it was like. When something goes wrong, people say, ‘It’s all your fault.’ Your reaction is, ‘It’s not my fault.’ But what do you mean? I was the founder, I hired everybody in the company, I was managing it.
There are things you just can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he’s ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.
When you become a professional wrestler, your name becomes company property.
I write with a Uni-Ball Onyx Micropoint on nine-by-seven bound notebooks made by a Canadian company called Blueline. After I do a few drafts, I type up the poem on a Macintosh G3 and then send it out the door.
My mother and I parting company at four years old is a recurring theme although it’s not symbolically necessarily present, it’s present in all my relationships.
If there’s one thing I really want for my birthday, that is for the mining company not to mine my daddy’s reserve.
I live in New York, and when you’re older and widowed, it’s a perfect place because you just don’t feel lonely there, and, luckily, I like my own company, too.
I had worked at Disney since they bought the company that I had worked for, ABC in the mid-90s.
At the White House, everybody works for the same person. They’re all part of the same company. But on Capitol Hill, they’re all independent contractors. They all work for themselves. That’s a formula for getting news.
Prior to 2001, hardly any company in North America or Europe would buy from India.
If you have a company that doesn’t sell its goods or services abroad and focuses only on the domestic market, it will keep paying a price.
Our company is very diversified, both in terms of geography and in terms of products.
I got several litmus tests for songs, but usually the people at the publishing company… they’re straight-shooters.
We were a fast-growing company, and I was a demanding boss.
Our investments in data, Internet and international have been particularly timely and have positioned the company to post industry-leading incremental revenue gains.
I’m actually a ridiculously basic person when it comes to make-up, and I pretty much wear the same things I did when I started my company 22 years ago, apart from a few differently textured foundations.
By definition, as a company scales rapidly, it adds people quickly.
When the entrepreneur is obsessed with the product and the company has organized all of its activities around that, it’s very powerful.
When I was in my mid-20s, running a successful company and clinically depressed, I was afraid to talk to anyone other than my psychiatrist about it. I was ashamed that I was even seeing a psychiatrist.
My dream as a producer is to be able to build a company that can be a safe haven for artists, for directors and for writers and actors to do what they do best and let them have final edit. I’d like to build something to that effect.
The saddest utensil I’ve come across is an ‘anti-loneliness ramen bowl,’ which holds your iPhone to keep you company as you slurp your solitary bowl of noodles. But the iPhone cannot return your gaze or reassure you that you didn’t squeeze too much lime into the soup, though maybe a dinner-conversation app is only a matter of time.
Even President Bush has cited the need to outlaw the practice of corporations making loans to their officers. Strangely enough, when the President was a corporate officer, he took out several loans from the company.
I saved $8,000 and created a construction company when I was 25.
The parallel we like to make…. is the idea of becoming the next Warner Brothers, which is a company that creates the content, but they also produce the content. They also distribute they also market. So we say that because Fine Bros. and Warner Brothers is fun to say.
When Warren Buffett invests in a company, he is conferring upon that company something very unique: his credibility.
If you knew the upward mobility that South Dakota’s kids have gotten from the opportunity to intern and to work and to be employed and to have upward mobility in that company and move on, it’s been phenomenal for South Dakota.
During the mission, Walter Jones, a team member was given a package containing bone fragments by a Lao. The source said they were from a crash site. He presented photographs showing himself in company with others digging around obvious aircraft debris.
I’m not of the opinion that all software will be open source software. There is certain software that fits a niche that is only useful to a particular company or person: for example, the software immediately behind a web site’s user interface. But the vast majority of software is actually pretty generic.
My grandfather and dad worked at General American Transportation Corp. in Chicago, a company that made tank cars and freight cars. We had a pragmatic, Republican, manufacturing, Illinois consciousness as far as employment went.
I’m a bit of a recluse, very fond of my own company.
Amazon may be the most beguiling company that ever existed, and it is just getting started. It is both missionary and mercenary… That has always been a potent combination.
I myself saw Yahoo become a $100 billion company and then become a $10 billion company, so you always have to look at valuations with a grain of salt and understand it is a point-in-time measure.
We have a broad, well-positioned company, so when ‘Minions’ comes out, it can be in theme parks all over the world. We own Fandango. We can advertise on a network. We can have the characters pop up on the Golf Channel.
I didn’t know I was compared to Elizabeth Montgomery, but I think that I’m in very good company with her.
In most companies people make a specific contribution to the company in their function. But it is not expressed in terms of profit, only in terms of performing their function better.
If guys try to make a bigger company for the sake of size, they don’t create value in most cases.
More and more, in any company, managers are dealing with different cultures. Companies are going global, but the teams are being divided and scattered all over the planet.
Look, you need technical skills to run a company.
I started out as a receptionist. I typed, I filed, I answered the phones for a little nine-person company.
If a company has acted badly, people want to punish it – not in order to deter future misconduct, but simply because they’re outraged. And the more outraged they are, the more punishment they want to inflict.
No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
Fannie Mae has traditionally only bought and sold mortgages. But when a loan held by the company goes into foreclosure, Fannie Mae gains ownership of the underlying property until it is resold to new investors.
When I started my hotel company, Joie de Vivre, at the age of 26, I saw this venture as my ticket to freedom.
If Obama raises my company’s taxes by 20 percent, how am I going to be able to survive as a company? Well, if I’ve got 30 employees, that means I’m going to have to lay off 10 employees so I can be able to keep up with the health and benefits and pension plans for my other 20 employees.
I love books and the latest autobiographies. I’m a Gemini and love being with people, but then again, I love my own company, which is when I read most.
By doing what they must do to keep their margins strong and their stock price healthy, every company paves the way for its own disruption.
The new artist is meeting the general public before they meet the record company. They’re able to put the material on YouTube and have a million views before they even meet an executive at a record company, and get the deal based on that.
The nearest the modern general or admiral comes to a small-arms encounter of any sort is at a duck hunt in the company of corporation executives at the retreat of Continental Motors, Inc.
The NBA’s a Fortune 500 company. That’s how you look at it. And all the other Fortune 500 companies out there in the world, you don’t see their CEOs and COOs going to work with white tees and baggy clothes and stuff like that. So I have to take that same approach.
This book was company for me – I wrote these things when I was in hotels, far from where I normally live. I never intended to publish it.
When a company is not being guided by the products they make and what the customers need, but by how they can manipulate the system – get regulations on their competitors, or mandates on using their products, or eliminating foreign competition – it just lowers the overall standard of living and hurts the disadvantaged the most.
Pubs are, disturbingly, where I hatch most of my best idea-sculptures: possibly it’s something to do with the disinhibiting effects of alcohol, or maybe it’s just having company to yack at.
The biggest threat to McDonald’s lies within – and that is us as a company becoming complacent. There are a lot of companies that get fat, dumb and happy and take their eye off the ball and forget about serving customers.
If China is doing business with a company that ends up putting money back into proliferation activities, then we’ll sanction that company and China.
Larry Fink, 61, tall and outgoing and passionate about his business, is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of the largest asset-management company in the world, BlackRock.
A buyback is itself a special kind of acquisition, made at prices that are typically a bargain compared with those a company must pay for an outside purchase.
By the time I was twelve, I had started my own theater company and was doing plays in the backyard and the front yard and all over the neighborhood, so, you know, I was definitely a lifer even back when I was 10.
A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
We never let go. Ever. Even with punctuation. It’s frightening. I can’t see anyone from any record company ever writing an email to Neil and not getting it back, with corrections.
Growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, I took classes as a young girl and became very serious about ballet, and also performed with a local company, although it wasn’t a professional company.
I care about our employees more than anybody in my company. I care about my kids, too, but that doesn’t mean I give them everything that they want.
That’s what George wrote! He wrote it. Why change it? There was this European company that I was speaking about awhile ago – course, didn’t nobody know what Porgy was.
It’s very difficult to photograph an opera. And they messed up on it. It just wasn’t there. And I don’t blame the Gershwins for taking it away. Of course, if they had gotten the original company to have done it, it would have been very good.
I have been given permission to announce that I and others from ‘All My Children’ have been approached by the company Prospect Park, who bought ‘AMC,’ with the intention to move it online.
I have done the company lifestyle for 16 years, and ballet has changed.
We believe that electricity exists, because the electric company keeps sending us bills for it, but we cannot figure out how it travels inside wires.
If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.
I thrive off the company of others, I love being sociable.
I still have my first paycheck. It was just, I think, a dollar or two that I got when I started as a songwriter with BMI, and I had some songs there that I had through the company, and in the mail I got this big old check for, like, a dollar and a half or something. Somebody had recorded one of my songs.
Getting things done in this country, if you want to build something, if you want to start a company, it’s getting to be virtually impossible with all of the bureaucracy and all of the approvals.
Years and years ago, I did a game based on ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ with a company called Infocom, which was a great company. They were doing witty, intelligent, literate games based on text.
Remember when those CD-ROMs from AOL came in the mail almost every day? The company was considered ubiquitous, invincible. Former AOL CEO Steve Case was no less a genius than Mark Zuckerberg.
I know I had my equivalents in Adrian Lester and Lenny James when I was at drama school. I remember David Harewood doing ‘Othello’ at the National, and Adrian Lester having done Cheek by Jowl’s famous ‘As You Like It and Company’ at the Donmar. Not necessarily performances I saw, but just the fact they happened was massively encouraging.
On the other hand, we raised $25 million by going public. It’s that money that we used to build this company, to build the circulation, to build a high profile and to hire staff that made Salon what it is today.
When I was about seven, I started touring the globe as part of New York’s La MaMa theater company – without my parents!
When I arrived at Campbell on January 8, 2001, the company had lost half its market value in the prior year. They had to cut costs to the point where they were literally taking the chicken out of chicken noodle soup and the product was no longer competitive.
If you’re a wounded company, the other companies that have been around for a hundred years will smell it, and they will take advantage of you in a heartbeat. It takes a long time to get back in fighting form.
If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re starting a company, I think the first thing you do is you go and talk to a bunch of people. But then the next thing you probably should do is figure out if there’s a broader demand than just people you know. That’s where I think SurveyMonkey is pretty valuable to people.
One of the gamebook series I created, ‘Fabled Lands’, is also the name of my company, and the reason we named the company after it is that it was pretty revolutionary for its time.
As an actor, you’ve worked very hard, and you’ve been doing this for 20-some years, and William Morris was never interested – or any studio, either – in your company or as an actor, and then ‘God’s Not Dead’ happens, and now everyone calls you.
I wanted to produce Nancy LaMott’s albums, so I created my own record company.
Since acquiring major interests in Dole Food Company 28 years ago, educating the public on proper diet has constituted the agenda of the Dole Nutrition Institute.
Every company has its style, and that’s what makes the Bolshoi so impressive: their attack on jumps or their attack on choreography.
The United States is like a big company, and we need a CEO to run it.
We were advised that nobody could stop us from pursuing our craft simply because we had honed, or even developed that craft while working at a company.
I suddenly realized that in order to do what I wanted to do, I had to become that which I hated – which is the head of a record company or a digital media conglomerate – and just do whatever you want.
Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.
Well, I think first of all, probably the most fundamental thing is that we are a mixed-signal analog semiconductor company, which, along with some of the other well-known names in the industry, enjoys very good economics.
When you rest on your laurels is right when you have the risk. It exists for every company, no matter how big.
I like the idea of separation of services. ISPs provide a pipe. Other vendors provide security. Other vendors provide email. When one party controls all the services, it’s a ‘synergy’ for the company, but rarely for the consumer.
Maybe it’s whiner’s fatigue, but I’m getting tired of hearing about how hard it is to start a company and be a CEO. It’s not that hard.
If a company is not doing well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is not a good company.
After watching Taro reach the brink of bankruptcy, seeing their shares delisted from trading, hearing endless false promises about receiving audited financial statements, and witnessing an unchecked drain of company resources, the shareholders have clearly had enough.
Personally, I feel that a company which looks at problems of other companies and learns from their mistakes is a successful one.
In the web products and services world, you have a real-time interaction with your customers, and then a real-time editing of how you as a company are doing.
I actually worked for a small company in Ohio that sort of farmed out work from Disney and Dreamworks, so I really only ever worked in two studios.
I’m always thinking as an outsider, and I’m always mindful of whether a company can be impactful on a global basis. Frankly, I’m paranoid about anyone anywhere who could be a competitive threat.
Yeah, getting the company that would help advertise and cross promote the movie on the release was an important factor for New Line, so we went out to a lot of different companies.
If anything, Calvin Klein is the iconic company in terms of fashion. They do have iconic images for their campaigns.
I’m involved with a baroque opera company here in Italy. I write some of their booklet material, comments on operas. I also write for some baroque opera festivals because this music is my real passion.
If you choose a market that already exists, say, networking equipment, you have to compete with an established company like Cisco. Even if your product is marginally better, Cisco can fudge it and outsell you.
If you start a successful company in China at 11 A.M., by 2 P.M. there’s three more companies like it.
In a globalized world, one application can spread like wildfire and there’s only one winning company, which means you have to invest more than you’ve ever had.
To get promoted, company executives need to be able to see you as one of them.
Walt Whitman, he who laid end to end words never seen in each other’s company before outside of a dictionary.
I almost never invest in ideas or plans, so you’ll need to have a company and at least a product, if not customers.
Even if Pfizer committed itself legally to maintaining some of its research and development in the U.K., its takeover of AstraZeneca would involve dismembering an excellent and strategically important British company.
One of the great things about Silicon Valley is, irrespective of how competitive you might be with another company or how closely you might be working with that company, there’s a great sort of give and take, and camaraderie from – between – some of the executives in the valley and some of the other investors in the valley.
I’d grown up in a production company, but discovering the importance of the work, I realized I had something to bring here.
When I went into GM there was a lack of morale. The company had gone bankrupt and the people who worked there were embarrassed. Underneath all of, though, there was a will to show what they were capable of, but nobody knew exactly what to do.
Imagine if investors in Wal-Mart really cared about bribery at that company’s overseas operations or safety standards at its overseas manufacturing plants. If investors pulled their capital, corporate leaders would have to respond.
And at NYU, I went to the Atlantic Theater Company, and they have two main points. One of them is to always be active in something instead of just feeling it. And the other is figuring out your character.
Other countries around the world make employees and retirees first in the priority. For example, in Mexico, the bankruptcy laws say if a company wants to go bankrupt… obligations to employees and retirees will have a first priority. That has an effect on every negotiation that takes place with every company in Mexico.
A romantic or classical view of the French approach would have been to say, ‘It’s a French company let no one attack it. Let’s block any merger. But the reality is Alcatel-Lucent is not a French company it’s a global company. Its main markets are China and the U.S. Its ownership is foreign most of its managers aren’t French.
Pemex becomes a productive company of the state, but it will have competition and can make associations with the private sector.
Entrepreneurship is not really building a product, it’s not having an idea, it’s not being in the right place at the right time. It’s fundamentally company building.
If WikiLeaks were a for-profit company, determining its real value would be a nearly impossible task.
In reality, quitting Facebook is much more problematic than the company’s executives suggest, if only because users cannot extract all the intangible social capital they have generated on the site and export it elsewhere.
A company is not accountable just to its owners, but to its workers and its customers.
Dogs who live in each other’s company are calm and pragmatic, never showing the desperate need to make known their needs and feelings or to communicate their observations, as some hysterical dogs who know only the company of our species are likely to do.
Why does an iPhone cost only a couple hundred dollars? Because, as the stage performer Mike Daisey depicted in an arresting one-man show called ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ Apple’s shiniest products are made by a shadowy company in China called Foxconn.
I would expect the family would continue to play a critical role in leading Fidelity. However, the company does not necessarily have to be run day-to-day by a family member. It will be run by the person who is determined to have the right skills and chemistry.
To operate a company of the size of Sears Holdings or Wal-Mart or Target or Home Depot or Lowe’s, you need a combination of skills, and each of those skills needs to be sufficiently strong.
Technology has made it easier for different firms to coordinate their activities with one another, and they don’t have to be part of one company. They can get the benefits of scale without the inertia of scale.
I sleep in peace, even if only in the company of lice, behind bars. The same could not be said of my incarcerators though they sleep in warm beds, next to their wives, in their homes.
I have said with as much sincerity as I can muster that if I were thrown into a dungeon with a sentence of one hundred years, with my only company being an illiterate guard who came twice a day with meals but who never spoke, I would still write – on coarse toilet paper in the dark if I could spare it.
It took us 200 years to elect the first Democratic woman to the Senate in her own right, and that’s Barbara Mikulski. Six years later, we had a grand slam: We elected four new Democratic women to the Senate. Sen. Mikulski now has some company.
Personally, one of the down sides of founding a company is that there is always too much work to do, and sadly I find I don’t have much time to code any more.
If you’re CEO of a company, you have to be a public person. You’re speaking to the press, you’re speaking to investors, you’re speaking to employees, you’re the public face of the company and so kind of naturally you become more extroverted, more outwards facing.
Chris Cutler was kind enough to offer his company as an umbrella, so now I can have all my back catalogue under one roof as it were, and it has the same feeling as with Daniel this is a matter between friends rather than businessmen.
I was the King of Twinkie-Vision one day, the King of Jiggle TV the next, thanks to Farrah Fawcett and ‘Three’s Company.’
My company and people think I’m wacky when I have an idea… I know if I have an idea, no one will want to go through it. But if I persist, people will go through it.
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
Every case involving cybercrime that I’ve been involved in, I’ve never found a master criminal sitting somewhere in Russia or Hong Kong or Beijing. It always ends up that somebody at the company did something they weren’t supposed to do. They read an email, went to a website they weren’t supposed to.
Whatever the trend in exchange rates or whatever the external factors, a manufacturing company is always faced with the mission of transforming itself into a company that can produce higher value-added to absorb the increase in the cost of living in the country it’s operating in.
Canon is basically a very aggressive company. Our company works on competitive principles. It does not treat people equally, but it does treat them fairly.
When we first started the company, I didn’t have any thoughts of franchising. We just had company-owned stores.
I used to be pretty reckless. When I was a runner for a production company, I drove a massive 16 seater van. I was only 18. I mean I look young now, but then I looked about 12.
DC used to print up all of their pages, they were the only company that did it.
Hope is generally a wrong guide, though it is good company along the way.
It’s hard to kill a city, but easy to kill a company.
A bankruptcy judge can fix your balance sheet, but he cannot fix your company.
It’s not about market share. If you have a successful company, you will get your market share. But to get a successful company, what do you have to have? The same metrics of success that your customer does.
There are tons of great names who have gotten fourth at their first Olympics, and they just kept with it for the next quad. I’m among good company.
The first thing I ever invested in was Twitter. Blaine Cook, former CTO, was leaving the company and asked me if I wanted to buy his stock.
It doesn’t matter much where your company sits in its industry ecosystem, nor how vertically or horizontally integrated it is – what matters is its relative ‘share of customer value’ in the final product or solution, and its cost of producing that value.
To escape the curse of commoditization, a company has to be a game-changer, and that requires employees who are proactive, inventive and zealous.
Today, we have our own concentrations of economic power. Instead of Standard Oil, U.S. Steel, the Union Pacific Railroad, and J. P. Morgan and Company, we have Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Amazon’s identity and goals are never clear and always fluid, which makes the company destabilizing and intimidating.
I’m a chairman on the Board of Governors for the East-West Players, the longest-running Asian-American theater company in America.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
Before I was State Treasurer, my Rhode Island business helped create over 1,000 jobs, including here at Nabsys, a biomedical company. As governor, I’ll use this as a model for how we create manufacturing jobs.
I think, given who the IBM target company is, I feel our purpose is to be essential to our clients.
Above and beyond, not only are we an innovation company, we are in service of our clients.
When you manage your company for long-term shareholders, and you manage the company for clients, two of the biggest stakeholders, you will make the right decisions.
If I have learned nothing else in all my years here, my biggest lesson is you have to constantly reinvent this company. That’s how you get to be 103 years old.
When you run a company, you need to be pretty open-minded. There are a lot of different views on faith, on religion, on many different issues, and you can’t let your own faith be the barometer.
Watching TV is companionable: you share an experience, you can comment on the action here and there for a bit of conversation… it’s a way of showing someone that you want his or her company and engaging in a low-key, pleasant, undemanding way.
Every time I make a mistake with a company, I write it out and try to figure out why it happened.
The bigger a company gets, the more people are involved in decisions, the slower decisions get made. Look, the whole theory of startups is that three motivated people can go and do something that every company can’t.
If you provide enough value, then you earn the right to promote your company in order to recruit new customers. The key is to always provide value.
It doesn’t matter whether the Dow is 5000 or 50,000. If you’re an entrepreneur, there is no bad time to start a company.
The record company started as an adjunct to that, to give young composers their first recorded performances to give young musicians their first debut on a recording. These are all things that big record companies would never touch because there is no money in it!
The labels are in a jam. For a company to do well in music now, it’s got to be in all aspects of the business. And Live Nation is the risk-taker. It’s leading the charge.
After I finished my master’s degree, I moved to a company called Aerospace Corporation, a big think tank for the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office.
Someone needs to remind American CEOs that if you can’t run a company that is innovative, financially sound and doesn’t poison the rest of us, You can’t run a company.
The IT bubble is the IT bubble, and of course, we became a company that contracted dramatically in 2001 and 2002: we basically came down by 45,000 people – a dramatic ramp-down.
I would consider selling the whole company I wouldn’t like to sell just part of it, but on the other hand, I have a grandson intent on following my footsteps and another grandson in another couple of years.
Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual.
When an employee asks why the company does things a certain way, and you can explain the logical reason, then the employee knows what she’s doing is valid.
In a very real way, ownership is the essence of leadership. When you are ‘ridiculously in charge,’ then you own whatever happens in a company, school, et cetera.
I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
To see change in your own area code is very powerful. There’s a little orphanage down the street from my company, and we donate $1 from the sale of each CD we sell to the orphanage.
One, I love the creativity. I love the ability to create a capital structure that is appropriate for a company, no matter what field it happens to be in.
But once you buy a company, you are married. You are married to that company.
It’s not just buying the company. Sure, we picked the right companies, and we picked the right management and, most importantly, we’ve given them the right incentive to perform.
It used to be that you would go in to see a CEO, and you would ask them, ‘Is your company for sale?’ and if they said ‘No, we have no interest in selling,’ that was sort of the end of the conversation.
I was too shy, I think, to sing publicly. It takes a particular kind of person. And when I was young, I was not that person. In the first instance, when a record company said to me, do you want to try and make your record, my first reaction was, no, I’m not worthy – I couldn’t possibly, and so on and so forth.
Along the way, I learned the key to launching a company. It’s all about storytelling.
Well, I got to have a project. I’m not a blue-sky guy at all. I’d never let anybody like me loose in a company.
In the 1960s, if you were a blue collar worker or uneducated, and you had an injury on the job, the company basically dismissed you.
I started a feta cheese company, Euphrates, in upstate New York in 2002.
Everyone asks me why someone Turkish is making Greek yogurt. In Greece, it is not called ‘Greek yogurt.’ Everywhere in the world it is called ‘strained yogurt.’ But because it was introduced in this country by a Greek company, they called it ‘Greek yogurt.’
Often, M.B.A.s will parachute around from one company or industry to another, without really understanding what’s behind it.
When we first showed the Karma in January 2008, we had barely started the company.
When I was at BMW and Aston Martin, I realized how difficult and how many resources it takes to create a car – let alone a car company.
Once investors come in, it’s hardly your company anymore!
Almost no one wants to admit the genius of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Apparently, many have failed to see that Amazon has become the world’s biggest retail company.
What we did ten years ago with the Playstation was a phenomenal success story for the company. That product had a ten year life cycle, which has never been done in this industry.
There are some tremendous actors in the U.K. who have been knighted, and I’ve spent much of my life admiring many of them, like Laurence Olivier. So it’s very flattering to be in their company.
As Turkish entrepreneurs perform well in Iraq, the Iraqis will have more confidence in Turkish contractors than in some European company they do not know.
Love Tattoo’ I recorded without a record company. I’d gotten turned down by the record companies – they said they didn’t get me, which is fine, I suppose.
PepsiCo is a $63 billion company. Half the company is snacks, and half the company is beverages. We have a glorious snacks business and a glorious beverage business. We are extremely profitable. We are growing.
In 1994, when I came to PepsiCo, there were really three businesses. They were soft drinks, which included both bottling and the concentrate company. There were salted snacks – Frito Lay. And restaurants where we had, we all talk of them, Pizza Hut, KFC and a whole bunch of casual dining chains.
When I was president of the company, I said, ‘Okay, I can do this – piece of cake.’ Then when you are the CEO, the responsibilities multiply enormously because you worry about everything.
Life at a public company ain’t for me. The board pays you what you’re worth, then you get reamed for your compensation.
Yes it was we, are a few years back parted from our record company and took the album that we were making with them and released it independently in the United States had a number one Independent debut in the United States.
I think Yahoo is a great company, with great assets.
Any jerk can have short-term earnings. You squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, and the company sinks five years later.
If the government wants to do social policy, it should not be done in a quasi-public company. If you have a mortgage guarantee company which is done by the U.S. government, it should be guaranteed by the originators, i.e., the shareholder.
If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.
If you only do things where you know the answer in advance, your company goes away.
Blackheart Records being 25 years old represents staying power and the fact that we weren’t able to get a record out through conventional means, so we had to create this record company to put out our records if we wanted to be a band that had records to give out to their fans.
A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.
It’s difficult to do something radically new, unless you are at the heart of a company.
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
We know that we are often judged by the company we keep. We know how influential classmates, friends, and other peer groups can be. If any of our companions are prone to be unrighteous in their living, we are better off seeking new associations immediately.
I have never seen Francis Crick in a modest mood. Perhaps in other company he is that way, but I have never had reason so to judge him.
If your child gets asthma, the fossil fuel industry doesn’t pay. Or if there’s a natural disaster, the bill is paid by the taxpayer, not the fossil fuel company.
Steve Jobs was rare: a C.E.O. who actually had a huge impact on his company’s fortunes. Contrary to corporate mythology, most C.E.O.s could be easily replaced, if not by your average Joe, then by your average executive vice-president. But Jobs genuinely earned the label of superstar.
There are certainly valid reasons for taking a company private, and it’s also possible that C.E.O.s perform better when monitored by a small number of owners in a private company rather than by the dispersed and often uninterested shareholders of a public corporation.
My first company produced ‘Silicon Alley Reporter’ magazine, where I held the dual titles of CEO and Editor.
Even if you’re a relatively small player in search, that can still mean a company that’s worth several billion dollars.
When it’s all about the work, it’s clear who in the company is pulling their weight and who isn’t.
Your company is a product. Who are its customers? Your employees, who use it to do their jobs.
Valuations are actually quite simple to grasp. A company is only worth what two acquirers are willing to pay for it. Don’t you just need to find that one buyer? If there is only one potential company interested in buying your startup, chances are you won’t be hearing the word ‘billion’ in the offer.
In an era of endless innovation and constant disruption, what is any company really worth? How does a startup determine its valuation?
Too many startups get in the habit of continually raising more and more money, which has the deleterious effect of both pushing out profitability and limiting your exit options. The less rounds of capital you need to raise, the more of your company you get to own.
As a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and public company CEO, nothing irks me more than when a startup founder talks about wanting to cash in with an initial public offering.
In my experience, there are only two valid reasons to take a company public: access to growth capital and investor fatigue.
Less than a year after loading the company up with debt, Romney and Bain gave themselves bonuses four times bigger than the $8 million they had put into the deal.
If it isn’t the sheriff, it’s the finance company I’ve got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner.
After the acquisition of id by Zenimax, we had sort of taken the mobile platform team down to a skeleton crew. We were left with about two people who were finishing up the previous obligations on that. The rest had just been dispersed and absorbed by the other teams in the company.
As a company grows, its purpose grows with it. It has the potential to evolve your purpose.
Liability is being assessed against companies who inadvertently have shipped a virus to another company. Rather than risk the incredibly bad PR, these companies fork over.
The way Alvin Ailey has transformed modern dance and dance in general is the fact of variety. It’s a cornucopia of ways to move. There are choreographers in the company as – as diverse, as different from each other as Donald McKayle and Bill T. Jones, or Jawole Zollar and John Butler, Lar Lubovitch, you know, and Judith Jamison.
It takes a while for executives to understand that every company is a spatial company, fundamentally: where are our assets, where are our customers, where are our sales. But when they get it, they light up and say, ‘I want to get the geographic advantage.’
If you happen to believe what Ben & Jerry’s is supporting and involved in, then you should support the company. If you don’t believe in what we are supporting, don’t support it.
It’s the company itself, but most of these mutual fund companies, the guy who runs the company is just a fact totem and the guy who runs the money is the power. But we really don’t know who they are.
It’s interesting – a lot of what you accomplish in your lifetime either as an individual or as a company is determined by other people. I mean, you can do interview after interview and defend a point of view, but more often than not, the collective kind of opinion will be the one viewed historically and taken as gospel.
Facebook’s data trove is enviable, and its moves into nearly every aspect of our lives – from payment to media, will create even more of it. The company also has created a huge base of developers for its platform, but the ecosystem is incomplete compared to vertically integrated OSes like iOS, Mac or Windows.
As an entrepreneur and public company CEO, I’ve dealt with dozens of rollouts, and when unveiling a new product, the operating approach should be, ‘Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.’
When we give a subsidy, the benefits to the public ought to exceed the benefits to the company. When it doesn’t, that’s our definition of corporate welfare.
We’re the only major company in the U.S. that is solely in the professional beauty industry. We promised hairdressers when we started that we would stay with them. If I went retail tomorrow then we would be four times our size overnight, but I’m going to be the one guy who kept his word.
As we continue to grow, the question is, how do you keep the company as innovative as it was 15 employees ago?
I started Shutterstock without any outside funding I believe in creating a lean startup. By not taking outside investors early, I was forced to use every dollar I had as efficiently as possible. And I was able to keep a large part of the company.
I love being part of a company, and telling a story.
Any business owner can tell you that if their company isn’t performing profitably and up to standards, one of two things will happen: either you make changes to improve its efficiency, or a competitor will drive you out of business. Market forces have a way of cutting to the chase rather quickly.
By definition, startups are not constrained by the limits of established company culture. And so they push boundaries and develop new technologies and ways of doing things.
I’m doing a little consulting. I’m somewhat retired, still a director of a company or two.
To have a job you can count on as an actor is so rare, whether that means belonging to a regional theater company or being on TV.
Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo – there’s a common theme. None of these companies ever sold. By staying independent, they were able to build a great company.
Take our own company as an example: We’re living proof, we jump with our own parachutes.
The price of a commodity will never go to zero. When you invest in commodities futures, you’re not buying a piece of paper that says you own an intangible piece of company that can go bankrupt.
I worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange back when they used to write tickets. And I was just a runner. So a guy would write a ticket and I would run it, and it was endless. That was a hard job. And I dug tungsten… for a coal company in Wyoming one summer, and that was pretty miserable.
Companies do not commit crimes only their agents do. And while a company might get the benefit of some such crimes, prosecuting the company would inevitably punish, directly or indirectly, the many employees and shareholders who were totally innocent.
When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.
Prioritization sounds like such a simple thing, but true prioritization starts with a very difficult question to answer, especially at a company with a portfolio approach: If you could only do one thing, what would it be? And you can’t rationalize the answer, and you can’t attach the one thing to some other things. It’s just the one thing.
In a company, you buy thousands of things. Every item you buy has its own footprint.
Alan’s publishing company was in the Brill Building, and of course, the Brill Building was where all the songwriters hung out because that’s where all the publishers were.
When a company is charging money for a product – as Evernote does for all above its most basic service, and same for Dropbox and SugarSync – you understand its incentive for sticking with that product.
A company like DreamWorks, all we do is make product. That’s all we do. We don’t own distribution. We are purely in the creation of content.
But I really am very active in the choice of the line producer with the producer of record and the distributing company, because I’ve had some terrible, terrible experiences with some line producers, particularly in cable.
I’ve always found a way to make my way, and now I’ve had the fortune of being hired by a great company – Chrysler Corporation – one of the original Big Three.
When a company gets into trouble, it should basically have to be resolved, in other words, stockholders lose their money, unsecured bondholders lose their money.
A diplomatic mission, like a company, is comprised of multiple departments, all of which must be relied upon to move business forward.
If you’re an investor who wants a little bit more from the capital-appreciation side of things, but still likes this concept of getting ‘paid by the company,’ then we would tell that investor to pursue shareholder yield.
Now, if most Americans want to go out and buy a car, they don’t say, you know, ‘I think I’ll call the chairman of the board of Ford Motor Company and see what kind of deal we can make here.’
Clearly any film company that makes a film is always going to talk about sequels particularly if they see something as being successful, which Werewolf was.
Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
As far long-term aspirations, other than acting, I do want to direct a little bit. I want to get on the production side and eventually start a production company and maybe make some projects of my own.
No company fails in communist China, because they’re all partly owned by the government.
I would love to play Bobby in ‘Company.’ Also, I would love to play George in ‘Sunday.’
Manchester Youth theater, then the National Student Theater Company, and later, my degree course, all helped form my love of telling stories and directing.
A German firm called Friendsurance relies on people forming their own groups, which apply peer pressure to keep claims and costs lower. The result is refunded premiums for customers and profit for the company.
With some other top players I’m part of a company trying to put on events in Europe, especially Germany, but also Poland, Austria, Russia. There’s so much talent coming out of the Far East now, and we want the same thing in Europe.
So, I lived at the Beijing Opera, I ate there, I learned a craft. And the money we made went into the company.
There are some people, no matter what they do, it turns out badly. They have a problem: either what they do is wrong or things that happen were wrong. I was president of a company like that it was called Grid Computer.
PepsiCo is the largest food-and-beverage company in the United States, and the second-largest in the world after Nestle. If PepsiCo were a country, the size of its economy – sixty billion dollars in revenues in 2010 – would put it sixty-sixth in gross national product, between Ecuador and Croatia.
I’m working on my own work, my own publishing company.
I did parallel entrepreneurship, which was very hard to do. It was hard to keep your head straight and know which ideas were with which company.
When I do an album I try to find a producer that’s excited about something that they want me to sing, and I check with the record company to find out what they think they can sell – which is their No. 1 priority.
I toured Ontario in the winter of ’48, in a touring company of The Drunkard, in which I played the bartender.
Back in the day, if you did any commercials or were affiliated with a company you were a sellout. Now it’s kind of normal to do that.
Our loss was very heavy, especially in the officers. Capt. Sale, of Co. E, Duke’s regt, was among the killed, making the third Capt. that has been killed in that company.
If I found a cure for a huge disease, while I was hobbling up onstage to accept the Nobel Prize they’d be playing the theme song from ‘Three’s Company’.
The Cinquecento was an engine of motivation at Fiat. It refurbished the image of the entire company. It’s a symbol for the company, but it’s more than that. It’s a global Italian symbol, as Mini is a global British symbol and the Beetle is a global German symbol.
In 1928, radio networks like the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) extended nationwide – any major political address could expect to reach forty million listeners.
My grandfather was an autoworker, and I have a weapon he manufactured to protect himself from the company that he would carry to work. It’s a big iron pipe with a hunk of lead on the head. I think about how far we’ve come as companies from those days, where workers had to protect themselves from the company.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, warned Facebook of the need for consumer protection and an open Internet, and according to ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ Thune has sent a letter to Zuckerberg asking how the company chooses its trending topics and who is ultimately responsible.
Facebook is a private company and, therefore, is entitled to whatever political biases it holds.
Pat Buchanan attacks me as ‘worshipping at the church of GDP.’ But in a CNBC ‘Kudlow and Company interview’, I reminded him that I also worship at the church of Catholic Mass, as do the vast majority of the Mexican immigrants.
When a record company looks at me I’m very hard to market, I don’t really fit anywhere, It’s hard to get me on the air, and I’m hard to demography, but! because of that I’m not subject to trends like you pointed out.
I don’t say no as much as I should. I’m an extreme workaholic. So I can be sick, and I still say yes to anything. When you are the CEO of your own company, editor of your own videos, your own writer ,and you do every role yourself, you have a hard time saying no to opportunities.
The record company felt wisely that we should get something out before I left ‘Hamilton’ or around awards time, and that deadline was not easy.
You don’t want another Enron? Here’s your law: If a company, can’t explain, in one sentence, what it does… it’s illegal.
I have a production company
In many cases, the user interface to a program is the most important part for a commercial company: whether the programs works correctly or not seems to be secondary.
If I could always read, I should never feel the want of company.
Rather than let their product compete fully and fairly in the marketplace, FalconStor resorted to bribery and graft to win important contracts in a scheme that reached the highest levels of the company.
I don’t feel that as human beings we have an obligation to dislike someone based on their beliefs, and it’s OK to have a human reaction to someone even if you feel what they do is hideous and objectionable. You can still enjoy their company and find them interesting to be around.
Building new nuclear is something that is going to take a lot of commitment, not only from our company but from the communities we serve. It is a five-to-seven-year journey to build one, and they are expensive.
It seems like those of us who run a business can’t go five minutes without encountering the term company culture. The phrase is always uttered with extreme adoration, yet the very concept seems as nebulous as it is elusive.
We are working with a biotech company, Calypte, which has designed a urine test for the HIV antibody.
We at Ferrari are a small, dynamic company, and we show what Italy can do.
Snake has been everything to me. Look at where I was when I started with the company in 1988 and where I’m at now. I mean, he’s shown me just about everything on and off the race track.
I started out wanting to be an actress. My sister was in this theater company in Brooklyn. I saw her in some plays, and I was immediately obsessed. I started auditioning for plays when I was about 10.
When a profit-seeking company proposes to take citizens’ private land away for its own gain, people should stand up for their rights.
Misery loves company. This is a Hollywood soap opera, and I’m not going to be a star in another Bryant soap opera.
We had maybe the greatest success of any company that I know of in Paris, and after two or three years I wanted to do this same number that we did for PBS, so we did it and Paris had always considered us their darlings.
What’s increasingly clear is that when you are open to a discussion of leadership, and you’re relating it to your company, it is much easier to get people to become open.
I vowed I would never do a commercial, or a soap opera – both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.
I’m an expert witness in a case that’s in appeal about a guy who allegedly misappropriated source code from a major, major company – he actually worked there and then apparently they found it on his laptop later.
When an attacker fails with one person, they often go to another person. The key is to report the attack to other departments. Workers should know to act like they are going along with what the hacker wants and take copious notes so the company will know what the hacker is trying to find.
No company that I ever hacked into reported any damages, which they were required to do for significant losses. Sun didn’t stop using Solaris and DEC didn’t stop using VMS.
No company that I ever hacked into reported any damages, which they were required to do for significant losses.
If you’re going to start a company, it’s not going to be in the millions of dollars, but it’s going to be something – for a lot of these kids – out of the trunk of their car, the same way that I did.
When you study, as I did, every theatrical beginning in this country, none of them have been greeted well. The Royal Shakespeare Company was a disaster, Peter Hall was a disaster, Richard Eyre was a disaster, Trevor Nunn was always a disaster.
Just so everyone knows, we’re not a photo-sharing company. I don’t see photos on ‘Instagram’ as art. They’re much more about communication.
If it’s one thing we do really well as a company, it’s that we take big change slowly and deliberately and bring the community along with us.
Mike Krieger and I started talking, and he decided he liked the idea of helping start the company. Once he joined, we took a step back and looked at the product as it stood.
In 1921, Harry Houdini started his own film company called – wait for it – the Houdini Picture Corporation.
I never have cakes or biscuits. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, and I can’t stand chocolates – I find them so sickly. However, I will buy cakes if I’m expecting company.
Work-life balance for founders doesn’t look like work-life balance for everyone else. Starting a company isn’t a nine-to-six job – or a nine-to-nine job, or a nine-to-midnight job.
When you start a new company, you have to do it all. Yes, all of it.
What we learned several years ago was that one of our weaknesses would be if we didn’t develop enough people with the know-how to run our company, it would come to the point where we would just stop.
When the head of the Hyundai Motor Company, Chung Mong-koo, was fighting with his younger brother Chung Mong-hun over the company’s management, he is said to have consulted a fortune-teller.
Just like any other company, Samsung can fail, and if that happens, how will the South Korean economy overcome the shock? If we don’t decrease our over-reliance on the chaebols and prepare to let smaller, dynamic start-ups fill the gaps in their place, it won’t.
It was a chance encounter with a biotech entrepreneur from Ireland that got me started as an entrepreneur in India, because I partnered this Irish company in setting up India’s first biotech company.
I’m a pro! No, what I mean is I have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. I have been all over the place. I have studied theatre for seven years.
If you’re part of a record company, you’re a manufactured product. It doesn’t mean that you’re not talented.
The easier question might be, ‘What isn’t Alibaba?’ The company is only 15 years old, but it has gotten so big over that timeframe that it basically touches every single part of the Chinese economy. I think the simplest comparison to draw is that it is like eBay and Amazon combined.
I was a mime. I’m not kidding. I went to Northwestern University and they have a mime company, so we did a lot of training and then a lot of mime shows around Chicago.
I worked as a telemarketer for an SAT-prep company. That was the worst of it, because I had to call people in post-Katrina New Orleans and offer them this very, very expensive SAT class. And I’m not even a good salesman.
Twitter didn’t make up the hashtag. Twitter didn’t make up the retweet. It’s our users. And people started using them so much that we decided to weave them into the product. I can’t think of another company that has taken its users’ actions and said, ‘We’re going to make them useful to everybody.’
A casting director who’d cast me in ‘Assassins’ sent a video to Kevin Reynolds, the director, and Mel Gibson, whose company is producing ‘187.’ Then I went in and auditioned, and a few hours later, they called me.
I don’t have an office. I sit in a cubicle with everybody else. That’s partly so no one can ask for an office, which in a fast-growing company isn’t practical. But it’s also so I can keep my finger on the pulse of how people are feeling.
How come liberals never admit that they’re liberal? They’ve now come up with a new word called ‘progressive,’ which I thought was an insurance company but apparently it’s a label.
If I was President of the United States, I’d rather be right than interesting. If I was CEO of a company, I’d rather be right than interesting. But I’m a journalist – what journalist would rather be right than interesting?
No one should expect building a new high-growth, software-powered company in an established industry to be easy. It’s brutally difficult.
Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded.
I have yet to take capital losses on any company. Then again, it’s still early.
Working for a big company is, I believe, much risker than it looks.
How can any company know if its processes, products, people are safe? Only if everyone is watching and telling the truth. The first part can be assumed the second cannot.
I could imagine, some number of years from now, starting my own company. But not yet. Not for a while.
When you’re coming into a company and, you know, have to do a transformation, what you really want to do is look at the company and say, ‘Okay, here are the parts that the company does well. How do we get those genes to hyper-express? The genes that are getting in the way, how do you turn those off?’
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
I am not going to be dictated to by fans, certainly. I am dictated enough to by my record company to last me a million years.
Our goal is to make General Motors the most valuable automotive company. Clearly, that is having sustainable profitability and driving great returns for our shareholders.
Don’t give up, be positive and if you know someone who knows someone at a record company don’t stop beating down their door till you get heard. Don’t ever say it’ll never happen or it’ll never happen.
When we were a smaller company, Facebook login was widely adopted, and the growth rate for it has been quite quick. But in order to get to the next level and become more ubiquitous, it needs to be trusted even more.
Oh, you know what, it’s an honor to be mentioned in the company of those that might lead our country forward after President Obama.
Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It’s a company town, and I happen to like the company!
Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but seven can be an uprising. And the seven can become 70 or 700 or 7000 very quickly if the sense of being wronged is felt broadly and truly enough.
All enterprises and major players need to pay attention to the needs of the government of the country of which they are a part. At one level, it would be unconscionable for a company like Huawei not to be responsive to Chinese national-security needs.
It’s hard to be the one that stands out when, you know, in a ballet company, you’re trying to create unison and uniform when you’re in a corps de ballet.
Depending on the level you’re at in your company, the higher you go up in rank, usually the longer you can dance.
One of my theories is to be captain on the field and off the field, you need to totally enjoy each other’s company. I don’t like discussing cricket off the field.
I’ve never run a company before, and I don’t want to feel like a boss. I just want to turn up and do my work.
Google (and Bing and Yahoo!) don’t ‘owe’ any company traffic. If a company has to spend more on advertising on Google, in addition to investing in search-engine-optimization, that is not a violation of any law.
You really have to love every single bit of what you do. The moment that you do something that makes you feel queasy to your stomach, the company dies.
One thing about open source is that even the failures contribute to the next thing that comes up. Unlike a company that could spend a million dollars in two years and fail and there’s nothing really to show for it, if you spend a million dollars on open source, you probably have something amazing that other people can build on.
This is America: Corporate stealing is practically the national pastime, and Goldman Sachs is far from the only company to get away with doing it.
If you don’t know your blood pressure, it’s like not knowing the value of your company.
Microsoft’s an important partner for Dell, an important company in the industry.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with paper and notebooks. Among my most precious possessions is a small light-blue, breviary-sized volume – four-and-a-half inches wide, seven inches tall – made by a company called Denbigh.
I think when you work on a Woody Allen film the actors become a real company, probably more than on any other film.
Edge goes out every night, and not just on pay per views every night, Edge goes out there with the intention of stealing the show. I know that he felt like his title run had not been given the respect from the company that it deserved, and he was really hell-bent on proving that he belonged as a main event guy.
Without knocking Impact Wrestling, your contribution was largely limited to what you could do in the TV show. WWE is a bigger company with a bigger infrastructure and a lot more ways to make a contribution.
I originally invested in Dropcam because I foresaw what the company and their products could do for consumers and the industry. I’ve been deeply impressed with what they’ve done in such little time, and I’m confident that they’ll continue to exceed my expectations.
Managing a country is like managing a company in many ways. It maybe involves more complicated issues, but it’s the same skills.
When selecting businesses, I first have to be enticed by the product or the industry they are in. Then I look for passion. If a company has these two qualifiers, I go for it.
Windell Oskay is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a Silicon Valley company that has designed and produced specialized electronics and robotics kits since 2007.
I’m old, I’m used to crummy service, I’m trained to get crummy service. To me, the fact I can get through to a call centre and then hold for 15 minutes, I don’t get that upset. My kids won’t. They want to know the answer to their question now. As a company you have to provide an answer to that consumer.
When I was at Teradata, I got called a growth guy. And then when I became C.E.O. of the whole company, I got called a cost-cutter. Then, I came to H.P. and became an operations guy.
I’m a big believer that it doesn’t matter what you call your company, nobody ever notices.
You don’t have to invent the wheel, but you might want to be the company that invents the rims.
No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one’s back.
Every company’s greatest assets are its customers, because without customers there is no company.
Socrates’ fame spread all over Greece, and the most respected and educated men from all around came to him, in order to enjoy his friendly company and instruction.
Clearly as you move to being a public company, probably even more than growth, there is a huge value based on predictability.
Everything has a trend to it I don’t care if it’s appliances or engines. I always ask, ‘What has a company done in the past five years that somebody’s noticed?’
I much prefer the company of the crew, the sort of ‘blue-collar working person.’ I much more have that sensibility than what the public perceives as what a typical actor would have.
As an economics undergraduate, I also worked on a part-time basis in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a company that was advising customers about portfolio decisions, writing reports.
Sister Virginia used to say, ‘You’ll be known by the company you keep.’
I think that by October the whole company has to migrate to OpenOffice, and then I think it’s by June next year we all migrate to Linux – you don’t want to migrate 6,000 people both operating system and office suite in a single jump.
I don’t want a record company, but I need one, unfortunately.
I was signed to A&M, I was signed to Lou Adler, who had a company within a company, which was A&M Records, and everything – James Taylor, Rita Coolidge, Carole King – I worked on all of that stuff.
If you were just to look at Lockheed Martin, you’d see a lot of women in senior roles in our company and, not only that, our customers, so I don’t consider it an old boys’ club.
Wal-Mart, we’ve been known for many years – back to the days of when Sam Walton started the company – we’ve been known for basics. The basic need of families and people across America. Wal-Mart was known as the place for basics.
I’ve never done stand-up I came via small-scale touring theatre, through the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, then I got employed on that as an actor who had a humorous sensibility.
As for the company, I did all I could from the very outset of this affair to remove Yukos and its employees from danger.
I went to Parsons, and I interned with Ronen when I was at Parsons. We started our own company since then.
The teams that worked on the innovative distribution of ‘The Interview’ are just a few of the many that put in long hours over our studio holiday to ensure business continuity, rebuild our systems, and protect our company.
I tend to be slightly fastidious in the company I keep. As a woman, you almost need to be.
It’s extremely hard to build a company with a product that everyone loves, is free and has no business model, and then to innovate a business model. I did that with Kazaa, had half a billion downloads but that wasn’t a sustainable business.
I left Iran back in 1985. I lived in Turkey for a while, then I went to Germany. I joined a theater company there, and we toured the country.
I’ve been fortunate enough to match up the material I’m producing with the right buyer, the company that will make it and that wants it, and that isn’t saying yes to be nice, but is saying yes because they want and need that movie and it’s going to be important on their slate.
I haven’t done any major filming with a major production company yet, but I’ve definitely done a lot of filming with a lot of professionals, filmers, and film little edits and put them up online. But I would definitely say that slope style skiers are entertainers as much as they are athletes.
I don’t get on with novelists, don’t enjoy their company. Once you’ve worked for a publisher, you understand the species, see them in their natural habitat, and it’s not always pretty.
Like most struggling writers trying to get their scripts commissioned, I had to do something odd to pay the rent. So, aged 21, I started up my own small cheesecake company in Philadelphia.
Infosys was going to be a different type of company. It was going to be very ethically run, meritocratic, quality-conscious, transparent. People didn’t confuse the personal with the corporate.
Every company has to identify what I call its strategic resources, and make sure that it grabs as much of its strategic resources as possible.
Even if a company is taken private, at some stage people want to make it public.
If longevity is the best index to measure a company, a basic requirement is the ability of the corporation to generate new and new leaders.
If my company spends money, it should be disclosed to the shareholders and how it was spent. With my personal money, I can do anything I want. But company money should be disclosed.
If we are happy within ourselves, we don’t accept or demand that our partner should fulfill every need. We need to be comfortable with our own company.
Apple Computer would not have reached its current peak of success if it had feared to roll the dice and launch products that didn’t always hit the mark. In the mid-1990s, the company was considered washed up, Steve Jobs had departed, and a string of lackluster product launches unrelated to the company’s core business.
Go where your customers take you! For example, did you know that Sony’s first product was a rice cooker? Since abandoning the rice cooker, it has merely managed to become the world’s biggest consumer electronics company.
One of the symptoms of an absence of innovation is the fact that you lose your jobs. Everyone else catches up with you. They can do what you do better than you or cheaper than you. And in a multinational corporate-free market enterprise, it is the company’s obligation to take the factory to a place where they can make it more cheaply.
The Company of Wolves doesn’t belong in any category, so it’s difficult to prepare an audience for it. It’s not a horror film, it’s not a fantasy film, it’s not a children’s film – so what is it?
Without In The Company of Men, I could still be teaching, so who knows if this would’ve existed.
If I’m on the board of any company where there’s an offer that comes in, I want to negotiate.
After Cadbury, the candy company, separated from Dr. Pepper, the soft drinks maker, Cadbury was able to substantially lower its debt load. The profits of Cadbury, the candy company, zoomed.
I’ve never been able to sky-dive, and I’ve always wanted to. I’ve probably done everything else, but for some reason the insurance company won’t let me do it.
Trespass, the outdoor clothing company based in the South Side, is run by two of the nicest guys and proudest Glaswegians you could meet, Afzal and Akmal Khushi.
Like most plutocrats, I, too, am a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, cofounded or funded over 30 companies across a range of industries. I was the first non-family investor in Amazon.com. I cofounded a company called aQuantive that we sold to Microsoft for 6.4 billion dollars. My friends and I, we own a bank.
Your company is probably going to get hacked. The velocity and complexity of hacking attempts has skyrocketed, with companies routinely facing millions of knocks on the vault door.
I’m a lucky person because the company keeps growing, and that means my team keeps growing.
If a company is second rate, the logo will eventually be perceived as second rate. It is foolhardy to believe that a logo will do its job immediately, before an audience has been properly conditioned.
Keep good company – that is, go to the Louvre.
The record company stay out of my way. Whenever the record is finished, they take it.
As you may know, I’m the co-founder and co-chairman of an asteroid company called Planetary Resources that is backed by a group of eight billionaires to implement the bold mission of extracting resources from near-Earth asteroids.
After more than a decade as the editor of ‘Wired’ magazine, Chris Anderson started the company of his dreams – a robotics manufacturing company called 3D Robotics – to produce the autonomous flying vehicles coming out of DIY Drones.
If you’re the CEO of a publicly traded company, you’re worried about quarterly returns.
ISIS’ key social media-encrypted platform is Telegram, which is engineered by a Berlin-based tech company that can simply ignore the rulings of American federal judges as well as legislation passed by the U.S. Congress.
The films that I’ve made with my company Irish DreamTime are close to my heart. ‘The Greatest’ being one of them, and ‘Evelyn’ being another.
I work constantly but I work at a lot of different things. You know, I run a theater company in New York, I direct plays, act in plays, in movies, so I try to keep it eclectic.
It was a superb agreement to end a war, but a very bad agreement to make a state. From now on, we have to part company with Dayton and try to build a modern democratic state, for which I have tried to lay the foundations.
I’m thrilled to be joining Gap Inc., a company that understands the importance of integrating technology and retail in ways that improve the lives of its customers.
If I had to pick three of my favorite magazines, they would be ‘Fast Company’, ‘Silicon India’, and ‘Smithsonian.’
I danced with Jacques d’Amboise. At that time, he was the tallest man in the company. So it was a different kind of choreography. It was lyrical.
In 1972, Texaco Oil Company, in partnership with PetroEcuador, the state-run oil company of Ecuador, began to drill for oil in the jungles of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
When you get inside a literary novel you feel that the author, more often than not, just doesn’t know enough about things. They haven’t been around enough – novelists never go anywhere. Once I discovered true books about real things – books like ‘How To Run a Company’ – I stopped reading novels.
My son and I run a string company, and he has a studio there, and I go down sometimes and we’ll record.
Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they’re all gone.
We had just recently moved to California from Italy, and while we were driving around, we saw a billboard ad for McDonald’s on Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles. The word ‘guess’ was in the ad, and my brother decided that that would be the name of our company!
One thing we never did with ‘Bad Company’ was talk down to our reader. And we certainly don’t do that with the new story, ‘Bad Company, First Casualties.’
We actually tried to invest in Twitter in April 2007, right when it launched. At the time, the company was wary of having a classic, tier-one traditional venture firm involved.
If I’m going through life broke, I might as well live in the company of cheerful idiots like actors.
I sometimes question whether journalists here are being asked to take up roles that are not ours. I get calls from people complaining that their telephone is out of order or that electricity is cut, and I sometimes wonder why don’t they call the telephone or electric company.
I’ve never had a relationship with a record executive. I always went to the record company by someone that liked my playing. Then they would get fired, and I’d be left with the record company. And then – because they got fired – the record company wouldn’t do anything for me.
I have a puppy purse, and it’s named after my doggie named Sammie, who is at home. It’s from Poochie and Company.
I did do some Shakespeare on film, it’s really difficult. It’s really interesting, because I was doing a series in Canada called ‘Slings and Arrows’ and it was about a company based around the Stratford Festival.
I’d grown up doing children’s theater there, and I always imagined myself being artistic director of a children’s theater company.
The reason the social-networking phenomenon is something that I invested in early and massively – I led the Series A financing for Friendster I founded a company called Socialnet in 1997 I founded LinkedIn and I was part of the first round of financing in Facebook – it sounds trivial, but people matter.
I always wanted to return to the company that gave me my first opportunity. Thanks to AAA, Rey Mysterio was born.
I don’t think there will ever be another company that has what Lucha Underground has. It’s very unique, exciting, and fresh – this is really something new.
I was first in line for the iPhone, but I’m not a fanboy of any company – I’m in favor of anything that’s best of breed.
There is a shirt company that is making sensors that go into your clothing. They will watch how you sit, run or ski and give data on that information.
I was in the movies. I danced, I sang, I learned to work in front of a camera. It was like being in a repertory company.
Currently, I’m working with a company called DRL Promotions with my partners Dan Wise and Luis De Cubas. We’re currently representing over 30 fighters.
I acted when I was young, but at 19, I had my own theater company where I acted but also directed. I also did some theater in Los Angeles. So I was always wanting to direct, even before I became an established actor.
My company, Against All Odds Productions, has done print on demand we were the first to do a book with a CD-ROM in the early 1990s. We do custom covers. It’s always fun to do something new.
That’s my favorite subject because it really levels the playing field for artists these days. You don’t have to sell out to the record company. You don’t have to get a five hundred thousand dollars, or whatever, and pay them back for the rest of your life to record a record.
We’ve dreamed of growing our company into something like Richard Childress has. We’re working really hard, and we’re getting more competitive. Hopefully, that becomes a reality.
I’m supposed to be the director of a television company, but I’ve only ever seen that company as a vehicle for making the kind of programmes we wanted to make, getting our ideas on the screen.
I find Maersk fascinating. It is the Coca-Cola of freight with none of the fame. Its parent company, A. P. Moller-Maersk, is Denmark’s largest company, its sales equal to 20 percent of Denmark’s GDP its ships use more oil than the entire nation.
Ultimately, I’d love to see a legacy company that has alumni that come out of it and go on to create other big things. A maple-syrup mafia, a HootSuite mafia.
When my company was first getting off the ground, we were completely lost in the shuffle, despite our best efforts. In 2012, however, we had a 28-foot-long, 15,000-pound secret weapon. To stand out amid the gala parties and blow-out bashes hosted by much bigger tech companies, HootSuite decided to take to the streets.
After the non-Japanese Carlos Ghosn was brought in by Nissan to turn around the struggling auto manufacturer, he made English the company’s official working language.
I founded Netflix. I’ve built it steadily over 12 years now, first with DVD becoming profitable in 2002, a head-to-head ferocious battle with Blockbuster and evolving the company toward streaming.
When we launched a new company, I reviewed the ads and marketing materials and asked those presenting the campaign to read everything aloud to test the phrasing and concept. If I could grasp it quickly, then it passed with muster. We would get our message across only if it was understandable at first glance.
Fortunately we’re not a public company – we’re a private group of companies, and I can do what I want.
The signing of the Sex Pistols was a turning point for Virgin. It put the company on the map and, over the years, attracted bands such as Genesis, the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, and Janet Jackson. It also attracted Culture Club, who were ground-breaking.
When a company seeks a new chief executive officer, or a university a new vice-chancellor, enormous trouble is taken to find the best person.
MPC, Moving Picture Company, they’re really excellent, they did the majority of the effects.
People say you’ve got to be OK with your own company, but tell me why?
As ye sow, so shall ye reap. When a ballet company spends a lot of money on gimmicky pieces, it’s stuck with them for a while – they have to earn their keep.
The Kirov is a great ballet company because it has so many terrific dancers, but it doesn’t always know what to do with them.
You can usually tell how healthy a ballet company is by the degree of your interest in the middle ranks of the dancers – the not-yet stars, the up-and-comers.
The best thing you can say about Hubbard Street is that if you were a dancer, this is a company you’d fight to get into.
I never dreamed I could build a $100 million company. I just happened to build a $1 million company that became a $5 million company, and so on.
At the height of the Enron mania, the company’s market value was $65 billion. Once the dust cleared, the final value was $0.
Instead of worrying about who’s American and who’s not, here’s a better idea: Create incentives for any global company to do what we’d like it to do in the United States.
Rather than subsidize ‘American’ exporters, it makes more sense to subsidize any global company – to the extent it’s adding to its exports from the United States.
As a company, we don’t contribute to any cause except noncontroversial things like a breast cancer walk. I don’t know anybody who is ‘for’ breast cancer.
I don’t know how this company got the name National Shakespeare Company, because it was literally like retards employing retards.
I used to get a sort of sociophobia, and I still get it sometimes these days when I’m in a confined space with too many people. It’s not like I freak out or anything, it’s just that I’m far more comfortable in my own company sometimes than being surrounded by one thousand strangers.
We are not a trading company. We are a midstream asset company: pipe, storage and terminals. It’s an unsexy, dirty business. It’s not rocket science.
I’ve never commented much about my experience at Enron except to say, when I was there, it was a much more pipeline and asset-oriented company.
I don’t think I have had a big break, although joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986 opened up new horizons.
If you are a big company, a big website, and lots of users come to your website, you will have attacks, and you have to deal with that. It just cannot be a reason to take actions to exit certain markets.
When you’re running a company, creating jobs is the last thing you want to. When you’re running a company you want to employ as few people as possible, and yet you inadvertently create jobs.
The East India Company established a monopoly over the production of opium, shortly after taking over Bengal.
During my pre-college years, I went on many trips with my father into the oil fields to visit their operations. On Saturday mornings, I often went with him to visit the company shop. I puttered around the machine, electronics, and automobile shops while he carried on his business.
I ended up working in Michigan for a young company called Sycor out of Michigan, worked there, and that company got bought by Northern Telecom. We became the Bell Northern Research Labs of Northern Telecom.
Basically, I left Northern Telecom after 7.5 years of being in one company after school. And then, I ended up in a series of start-ups. The first of those was a company called Sitech, and they were in local area networks.
One of the great things about the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which my company iRobot designed, is that it’s too cheap not to be autonomous.
Most artists have contracts directly with the record company, and when they do music, all of their music is owned by the record company. But I did mine through a production company.
I was educated in the Washington public schools and attended the University of Maryland as a day student, graduating in 1938 with a degree in chemistry. After working for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, for a year, I returned to the University of Maryland to take a Master’s degree before going on to Yale to pursue a doctorate.
When buying shares, ask yourself, would you buy the whole company?
When deciding whether to fund and build a company, we start from basic principles and because many of the businesses and products that our companies create are a complete novelty to us, them and the market, we have to do the math.
Once, he was chosen to play Ram in a small Ramleela company, but his parents were against it.
Every movie is like a little company, and any little thing can make it not work.
Considering the company I keep in this place, that is hardly surprising.
Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.
When you are about to die, a wombat is better than no company at all.
Our managers hadn’t had that kind of success – the record company hadn’t, we hadn’t – and the feeling was that the next record had to be even bigger, and if it wasn’t it would be some kind of failure.
What friends or kindred can be so close and intimate as the powers of our soul, which, whether we will or no, must ever bear us company?
Horizontal meetings are team or project meetings, set up to coordinate individual activities. When I worked in a large tech company, those meetings just popped up in my calendar by the dozen.
At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.
Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company.
Ultimately, what any company does when it is successful is merely a lagging indicator of its existing culture.
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
In fact, most people are being squeezed in their little cubicle, and their creativity is forced out elsewhere, because the company can’t use it. The company is organized to get rid of variants.
CNN, a part of the Time Warner company, lives for news about everything and anyone. In the office, the bosses openly discuss the need for a diverse staff and diverse stories, and each time we draw new viewers, the effort intensifies.
Offer someone the opportunity to rebuild a company or reinvent an industry as the primary incentive, and it will attract those drawn to the challenge first and the money second.
To operate based on conviction and belief requires an acceptance that your actions could get you fired. This is different from pig-headed bravado, and it is different from putting the company at risk.
Certainly, we continue to bring in new people. We’ll hire, net new, over 4,000 people this year, and attract great people into the company. I’m very bullish about the employee base and what it can accomplish.
I worked at this bike shop called Rockville BMX, and I started going on this summer tour with this one company. One summer, we ended up in California, and I got to hang out with the guys who made ‘Freestylin’ – Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman.
The system is that there is no system. That doesn’t mean we don’t have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that’s not what it’s about. Process makes you more efficient.
There’s no other company that could make a MacBook Air and the reason is that not only do we control the hardware, but we control the operating system. And it is the intimate interaction between the operating system and the hardware that allows us to do that. There is no intimate interaction between Windows and a Dell notebook.
Well, Apple invented the PC as we know it, and then it invented the graphical user interface as we know it eight years later (with the introduction of the Mac). But then, the company had a decade in which it took a nap.
Buying a car used to be an experience so soul-scorching, so confidence-splattering, so existentially rattling that an entire car company was based on the promise that you wouldn’t have to come in contact with it.
You really want a company full of missionaries, not mercenaries.
If you ask a founder how their company is doing, they always say, ‘Oh it’s great. We’re totally crushing it,’ and that’s almost never true.
Within the first year of launching my company, Spanx, I decided to go over to England and cold-call Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Selfridges the same way I had cold-called Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s here in the United States.
If a company is profitable, the founder is in control. If it’s not, investors are in control.
Despite the disreputable company it keeps, bismuth is harmless. In fact, it’s medicinal: Doctors prescribe it to soothe ulcers, and it’s the ‘bis’ in hot-pink Pepto-Bismol. Overall, it seems like the most out-of-place element on the periodic table, a gentleman among scoundrels.
I don’t think that a company should own a studio and the network, and program for their own network. It hurts the creativity – it is not a level playing field.
I adore the company of other writers because they are so often lively minds and, frequently, blazingly funny. And of course, we get each other in a unique way.
When you buy a company at an auction, and you are committing yourself to pay some $300 million to the state because it was a privatization deal, and you don’t pay it, is it OK? Isn’t it something that deserves court procedures?
While my six-song EP is unlikely to set any sales records, it’s one of my biggest personal achievements – on par with starting my own company. On par with selling my own company.
I didn’t need to borrow money from the record company, because if I had my own publishing company, and I had my own writers, I’d have enough to get and do whatever I wanted to do.
Donald Trump outsources his ties to China. He outsourced his furniture to Turkey. I know a company in Ohio that could make that furniture in Archibald, Ohio.
In a web/mobile startup, coding is not an outsourced activity. It’s an integral part of the company’s DNA.
Once you establish what activities your company needs to do, the next question is, ‘How do these activities get accomplished?’ i.e. what resources do I need to make the activities happen?
In corporations, the penalty for repeated failure on known tasks is being reassigned to other tasks or asked to leave the company.
To an extent, our relationship with the movies is always subjective. Our capacity to be involved says as much about each of us I’ve never fathomed why anyone would want to spend four hours in the company of the exceedingly tiresome Scarlett O’Hara.
I always knew how to cook and at one point in my career where I had done nine television pilots before Three’s Company and they all failed, I just got discouraged.
What is good for you is not necessarily good for the company, and vice versa.
Clearly, every company needs a leader. That’s an important part of being the CEO of the company.
Jesus isn’t a logo, I’m not promoting some company, some brand. I’m just professing my faith.
Inside a company, you can mandate that everyone use the same technology, which means you can go a little bit, I don’t know, higher-fidelity than the lowest-common-denominator technology. There are a lot of things that Slack gives you that email doesn’t when you think about internal use.
Email has the virtue – sounds like a bad thing, but it’s the virtue of being the lowest common denominator messaging protocol. Everyone can have it. It can cross organizational boundaries. No one owns it. It’s not some particular company’s platform.
Inside a company, you can mandate that everyone use the same technology, which means you can go a little bit, I don’t know, higher fidelity than the lowest common denominator technology.
A company like Adobe, there are dozens of different teams that are using Slack. Each of those elected to use Slack independently.
I have always been an advocate and was, in my last job at M&S, a supporter of the Al Gore dictum that a sustainable business can be a profitable business. We were the first sizeable company in the U.K. to prove that was the case.
SAP is a great company, but they have their work cut out for them if they want to compete in databases.
We got bigger, much scarier competitors. We ended up with Microsoft, a company with all the money in the world, the way I look at those guys. And IBM, another company that, historically, dwarfed us.
The company, Tiffany Studios, ended up in bankruptcy in 1930 – early ’30s.
When I sold my first company at 30, I could have done whatever I wanted to do.
The future will be less predictable, forecast rises will shrink, company lifetimes will shrink, new entrants will proliferate and it’s going to just get more unpredictable.
When the venture capital industry invests, it’s usually because they sense there is money in them hills. And often it takes a high-profile winner to wake everyone up in the category. SpaceX is that company.
I was always the kid on scholarship, I was a soloist with my company, I’d been working with the symphony since I was 14.
My production company wasn’t doing well, so we were not producing films. Over a period of time, we have realized that we are going to produce our own films and make cinema that we like. We’ve got so much in-house talent, and my kids are going to be coming, so we all decided that we are going to be in films and cinema.
I want to control the company, but I don’t know how life goes. We are already a big company, and the larger our capitalization is, the lower goes the threshold for control.
An ex-ABT ballerina, while staging a ballet for the company, once followed a dancer into the bathroom to deliver notes through the stall door. She was known to bark – literally, like a dog – during private rehearsals.
Subsequent to the original Quicken, the whole idea that we, as a consumer products company, could actually make business products, that was a whole revolution in our thinking.
I’m a hard-nosed businessman, that if a company is paying its way, increasing profits for thirty-odd consecutive years, you don’t put it into receivership.
If I were to retire, I would keep my family’s interest in the company the same and say, Don’t sell.
E.Biscom is an Internet company that is diversified, not a diversified company that is trying out the Internet.
If somebody’s offering you a $400 million company at the age of 29, I’ve got the ego to say, ‘I’d like a shot at that.’
Bill, The United States is not a company. It is a country.
We made the commitment internally to develop our own superior vapor product. We didn’t buy a company outside, and we believe that Vuse is a superior and game-changing technology.
Konosuke Matsushita was a visionary entrepreneur. He started working very young as a teenager, and he eventually created Panasonic to become a truly global company.
I got involved in 2003, 2004, with a company called Dance4Life out of Holland.
I’m first and foremost a company man, surprising as that is. I love Warner Brothers. That’s where I have a deal. That’s where I’ve been for years. So I don’t really interact too much with other studios and do things with other studios and I don’t necessarily read scripts from other studios.
I don’t like stock buybacks. I think if a company has the money to buy their stock back, then they should take that and increase the dividends. Send it back to the stockholder. Let them invest their money again from the dividends.
I danced in a company of ‘West Side Story’ when I was very young. It was most of the original cast – Larry Kert, Chita Rivera – and Jerry Robbins directed. It was tough, a wonderful initiation for me.
There’s a company that wants to put hair on me! I don’t know if it’s plugs, I’m sure it is. I laughed and said, ‘You gotta be kidding.’
When you are an entrepreneur, you have founded your own firm, it is so easy to find that you exist – you are the main shareholder of your company it is very easy to look at the stock market position of your company to know how rich you are.
You don’t hear things that are bad about your company unless you ask. It is easy to hear good tidings, but you have to scratch to get the bad news.
When I was 24, I co-founded a company called Athenahealth which built the first Web-based software and back-office service suite for doctors’ offices.
When I read about young designers selling 51 percent of their company to someone else, I cringe. I want to say, ‘Don’t do it – call me first.’
Vision is dandy, but sustainable company excellence comes from a huge stable of able managers.
If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you’re nuts to stay there.
For wellbeing to take hold, it’s got to be something that individual team members are getting excited about in their own lives. It can’t be something that a company is forcing top-down through hierarchical structures.
I would love to compose something for dance before I kick the bucket, and I’m not closed-minded about the dance, or the dance company. I would really just love to collaborate on that.
I would love to compose something for dance before I kick the bucket, and I’m not closed-minded about the dance, or the dance company.
I’m not led by money, because if that’s the case, I can throw my name on everything and have a million-dollar company.
The president of Victoria’s Secret promised me a lifetime supply of Victoria’s Secret products, even after I decided to leave the company. But once I left, he only let me have it for a year. So I have a bone to pick.
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 18. I started a company with a bunch of buddies that got funded in my senior year, and that’s when I finished school. It was called Scour, a peer-to-peer service, file-sharing.
When I was 13 years old, a professional theater company in my town needed a kid actor. I auditioned, and I got the part, so for just a few weeks I became a member of the company and I met some professional actors.
We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors.
It was supposed to be a year or two just to refresh my batteries, but I moved to Silicon Valley in the early 90’s, and one thing let to another, got very involved in high tech, and formed a company and it ended up doing pretty well.
When a company goes bankrupt, you as a company have absolutely no say whatsoever as to what happens.
I’m a walking advertisement for PBS and for the Discovery Channel. All of my DVR settings are pretty much set to record anything that’s on the Discovery Channel. I’m a big fan of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘Deadliest Catch,’ and I’m constantly watching ‘Moyers & Company’ and the ‘NewsHour’ and ‘Antiques Roadshow.’
More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.
I went to university in the north of England at University of Birmingham to do an English literature degree, and I knew I could do extracurricular stuff with theater and drama. I started a theater company, called Article 19, and I did it with a bunch of friends. I wrote and directed plays. I had a radio show.
There’s a guy at the record company who’s 30, and he says, I would not listen to these songs except in this context. Somehow the recording process, the arrangements, make it more accessible.
I think if the average person that uses AOL can’t physically see the changes in the company, we’ve failed.
If we are going to be able to create a new economic vision, companies will need to rethink every aspect of their operations their bottom lines, ownership structures, demands on financial returns, how they raise capital. For example, an ethical company would say it should only take a fair share of the planet’s resources and campaign on this.
I just enjoyed telling stories. I enjoyed watching films and reading and becoming someone else. I spent a lot of time on my own when I was younger I enjoyed my own company and still do, so it was a source of escapism.
I respectfully suggest the propriety of having stationed at the arsenal a full company of U. S. troops, that they may be made available in any emergency, from fire, insurrection, or any thing else.
The Internet represented a really important tool that would be used by every business out there to some extent. But for the vast majority of companies to say, ‘We’re an Internet company,’ is a little bit like saying, ‘We’re a fax company because we have a fax machine.’
My thoughts are my company I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
I knew I was outspoken when I was a kid because, whenever my parents had company coming over, they would pay me to leave. ‘Go see your grandmother. Get out of here.’ That was my first paying gig.
If you are only big in China, you are only a local Chinese company.