6 Quotes From Companies That You Definitely Didn’t See Coming

To the Blockbuster CEO that said Netflix wasn’t “even on the radar screen in terms of competition,” this one’s for you.

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on Netflix:

“Neither RedBox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition.” – Jim Keyes, Blockbuster CEO in 2008

Air BNB

on Airbnb:

“We have not seen a direct effect in any of our hotels… We don’t feel it’s having any impact on our results or that it has hit our radar as of yet.” – Richard Jones, Senior VP and COO of Hospitality Ventures Management Group in 2014

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on the iPhone:

“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” – Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO in 2007

PC

on personal computers:

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, President of IBM in 1943

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on Amazon:

“While recent stories and reports of a new entity competing with three major carriers in the United States grabs headlines, the reality is it would be a daunting task requiring tens of billions of dollars in capital and years to build sufficient scale and density to replicate existing networks like FedEx.” – Mike Glenn, FedEx Executive VP in 2016

Uber

on Uber:

“I’m not afraid of Uber.” – CEO of Montreal’s largest taxi company