(From “The Experts Speak, The Definitive Compendium,” by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky)

“I think there is a world market for about five computers.”

—Remark attributed to Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBM, 1943

“Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weigh 1 1/2 tons.”

— Popular Mechanics, March  1949

“We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”

— Hewlett Packard executive, responding to Apple Computer founders Steve Jobs’ and Steve Wozniak’s attemps to interest the company in the “personal computer,” they had designed, 1976.   

“Get your feet off my desk, get out of here, you stink, and we’re not going to buy your product.”

— Joe Keenan, (President of Atari, responding to Steve Jobs’ offer to sell him rights to the new personal computer he and Steve Wozniak had developed, 1976

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

— Ken Olson (President of Digital Equipment Corporation), Convention for the World Future                           Society in Boston, 1977

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