Top 10 Tech Quotes of 2011

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Well, that year flew by in a flash didn’t it?  Seems like every time you turn around it’s Christmas again already – yikes!  Before that happens again, I thought it might be fun to look back at a snapshot of interesting quotes surrounding the tech sector.  Some are funny, some are irreverent and some are just plain irrelevant.  At any rate, and in keeping with the David Letterman Top 10 styling, here are my particular fave tech quotes of 2011…

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10.  ”There are only a few emotions that can effect change at a large organization. One is greed and another powerful one is fear.”
– A Google engineer explains to the journalist Steven Levy why his company built a social network to compete with Facebook.  Another example of our “me too” world.  Someone comes up with something cool and 100 others feel compelled to copy it.

9.  ”You’re the baddest bitch.”– A college student explains to Sheryl Sandberg, the C.O.O. of Facebook and the most prominent woman in Silicon Valley, just how inspirational she is.  Damn straight!  You go girl!

8.  ”I thought you were classier.”tech quotes – In an spirited interview after Yahoo fired her, Carol Bartz told Fortune magazine that is what she said to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock when she called him six minutes later than scheduled and he launched into a prepared legal statement dismissing her (though not because she failed to call on time). “I said, ‘Roy, I think that’s a script … Why don’t you have the balls to tell me yourself?’” she also recalled in the Fortune interview, during which she referred to the board as “doofuses.” They “f—ed me over,” she said of the board.  Also classy: dropping F-bombs about your previous employer.

tech quotes7.  ”Beware of the false cloud.”
– CEO Marc Benioff in one of many rant-like tweets after Oracle dared to move a Benioff speech at OracleWorld.  Imagine the audacity, the unmitigated gall!

6.  ”That is such good advice, I could not have said it better myself.”tech quotes – Not taking the Benioff statement lying down, Larry Ellison, in an Oct. 6 speech at OracleWorld, where he also called’s flagship product “the roach motel” of the cloud. “You can check in, but you can’t check out … now that is a false cloud.  Let the bitch-slapping begin.

tech quotes5.  ”We’ve gone from very small to very small but it’s been a heck of a year. You’re going to see a lot of progress in that market.”
– Steve Ballmer, referring to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 during a speech at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference.  I, for one, will not be holding my breath.  Microsoft really has no presence in this space and it will be tough sledding to gain any sort of foothold.

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4.  ”Steve was clearly the most outstanding business thinker. … He gets a reputation for being a strong leader and for being brash, but to me he was always justso kind and such a good friend.”– Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on the death of Steve Jobs.  Clearly, there were two sides to Jobs.  Just read the eulogy by his step sister if you need proof.

3.  ”If you look at companies, whether it’s Google or Yahoo! or Microsoft that have search engines and ad networks, they also have a huge amount of information about you. It’s just that they’re collecting that about you behind your back, really.”– Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, during an interview with Charlie Rose, on the difference between Facebook’s approach to privacy and other web companies’.  Oh, I get it now – I guess the fact that “everyone else is doing it” makes it OK.  Except that it doesn’t.


2.  ”I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”– Bill Gates tells Steve Jobs that it’s not fair to accuse Microsoft of ripping off Apple.  There is damning documentation to support Jobs’ claims of intellectual piracy but you have have to admit it’s a great quote anyway.

And my #1 quote of 2011 goes to Steve Jobs himself…  I have to admit, as much as the Apple fan-boy thing makes me sick, I have a helluva lot more respect for Jobs dead than I ever had while he was alive.He might have been an colossal jerk, but was truly one of the great visionaries of our time.

1.  ”Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.”– The final words of Steve Jobs