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  • If life was so easy that you could just go buy success, there would be a lot more successful companies in the world. Successful enterprises are built from the ground up.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • He said a Wall Street Journal article in April 1999 that questioned his military and educational background had nothing to do with his leaving. IBM executives never brought it up, ... last week's fish wrapper.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • This is a big issue for every server company.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • This really is a merger of equals. I wouldn't have come back to work for anything less than this fantastic opportunity. This lets me combine my two great loves - technology and biscuits.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • You can never be comfortable with your success, you've got to be paranoid you're going to lose it.
    (Lou Gerstner)


  • Five years ago, using the Net to buy a car or trade stock or earn college credits was revolutionary, ... So why not envision a day when we vote with much greater convenience -- from our home or workplace -- or a day beyond that when issues are presented to all the people of the world and we vote as a global statement of individual preference without regard for conventions like political parties or national borders
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • Chapter One (of the Internet) was about e-commerce and e-business. Chapter Two moves us to 'Do it for me'
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • Over the past 12 month we have made a series of strategic decisions that have affected short term revenue, but will yield and are already yielding a more profitable portfolio,
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • We're probably about five years into a 30-year cycle of transformation, ... But there is simply no doubt that 25 years from now, when people reflect on the seminal changes of the early days of the century we are about to begin, the impact of networked computing will stand in relief.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • I want to become a student. I want to read Chinese history and go on a dig.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • Y2K continued to hurt us, but that's over now, ... We're putting it behind us and we are getting our businesses back on track.
    (Lou Gerstner)

  • That's where the semiconductor industry is moving today, ... It really is becoming a very different industry than just a few years ago.
    (Lou Gerstner)


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