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.
"I felt it was the right thing to do. We are a company that expects the highest performance and accountability, and that starts at the top."
- AT&T (ATT) CEO Randall L. Stephenson, in a memo to employees about forgoing his 2008 bonus. Here's a boss who (unlike the Wall Street honchos) didn't have to give it up. In fact, Stephenson's decision distinguishes him as a very different kind of leader MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 2, 2009 3:59 PM ET
by Stephanie Mehta
Pattie Sellers recently blogged about good and bad corporate behavior. Here's another example to add to the "good form" category: AT&T chief Randall L. Stephenson is forgoing his 2008 bonus.
"I asked the board not to pay me a bonus for 2008, and they approved that request," Stephenson wrote in a memo to employees. "Given the economic environment, the workforce reductions, and our earnings outlook for 2009, I felt MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 2, 2009 1:41 PM ET
I took a 7 a.m. Acela from New York to Washington, D.C. this morning to meet with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and then attend the Fortune 500 Forum, beginning this afternoon. My train was on time to the minute; Rhee's red-eye from the West Coast was delayed by D.C. fog, so she and I are now due to meet Wednesday. I'll share my thoughts later this week about Rhee, who MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 1, 2008 2:05 PM ET
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