by Patricia Sellers and Jessica Shambora
We took a break from posting our daily Power Point--Postcards' quote of the day--last week, but we collected more than a few good ones at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Pasadena. Here are our 10 favorites, from the mouths of media moguls, tech titans, Tweeters and more.
"We want to be like Ron Howard." - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, noting that he doesn't want his two-year-old company to turn out like childhood actors "who grew up all freaky."
"I shut down a website everyday because I send too much traffic from my Twitter feed." - actor Ashton Kutcher, who has 2.9 million followers on Twitter.
"You can't play catch up. The gig in the on-line world is how to capture new behaviors." -- News Corp. chief digital officer Jon Miller, on how he aims to revitalize MySpace, which has lost ground to Facebook.
"I don't think I could get my wife to say that about me, so I don't think I could say that about a business partner." -- AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson, on whether he's completely satisfied with his company's relationship with Apple (AAPL).
"Real value in a world of infinite choice is someone making choices for you." -- NBC Entertainment (GE) co-chair Ben Silverman, four days before disclosing that he's leaving to partner with IAC's Barry Diller on a new venture.
"The Internet puts people like politicians out of business." Former Governor of Vermont and chairman of the Democratic National Party Howard Dean, explaining how new tools on the web like Twitter have disrupted the political game.
Did you notice something missing from this Power Point list? Women. We had some top women in tech with us at Brainstorm--Google's (GOOG) Marissa Mayer, Ning CEO Gina Bianchini, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior--but guys dominated the stage and uttered the most provocative lines. Calling Carol Bartz! The Yahoo (YHOO) CEO, along with a tremendous lineup of leaders, will be with us at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit this coming September.
The sun's coming out in New York City after a week of seemingly endless rain. This was also a whirlwind week of interesting encounters.
On Tuesday, I had lunch, unexpectedly, with Walt Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger. We were both at the New York Stock Exchange for Jeff Sonnenfeld's Yale CEO Summit, and Iger was getting the "Legend in Leadership Award." The Summit was off the record (as was the lunch), MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 12, 2009 6:10 PM ET
"Competition for people's time is increasing and the abundance of choice is allowing consumers to be more selective."
-- Walt Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger, announcing a 32% quarterly earnings decline that dragged Disney's stock down 7% to $19.15 in after-hours trading.
Iger's point is that Disney's problems extend beyond the recession. "In essence, we don't believe the changes we are seeing in consumer behavior can all be attributed to a weak MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Feb 3, 2009 6:43 PM ET
"You do want what I'll call some business chauvinism - you want people to believe in their businesses and fight for them. But you want to understand in the end that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts."
-- Walt Disney (DIS) Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, in a Q&A that appeared in April 11, 2008 issue of Fortune. Disney announced quarterly profits that topped expectations this MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 30, 2008 4:59 PM ET
High-placed media-industry sources tell me that Susan Lyne has been in touch with Oprah and her folks about running OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Lyne, who quit the CEO post at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) last week, won't comment. Nor will Oprah. But the cable startup—a joint venture of Oprah's Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications that's due to launch in September 2009— would be a natural fit for Lyne, MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 18, 2008 2:59 PM ET
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