Steve Case Quotes (64 Quotes)


    So you have to force yourself out of a comfort zone and really try to figure out what are the key ingredients, the key skill sets, the key perspectives that are necessary, and then figure out a way to attract the very best people to fill those particular roles.

    We want to take it from a place in Arizona to a resort destination in many locations. Urban wellness centers in even more locations and a whole variety of products and services, so that it is a part of everyday life, not just a part of something you do once or twice a year.

    I enjoyed high school and college, and I think I learned a lot, but that was not really my focus. My focus was on trying to figure out what businesses to start.

    By acquiring Netscape and working with Sun to provide winning e-commerce solutions, we will be able to both broaden and deepen our relationships with business partners who need this additional level of infrastructure support, and to provide more value and convenience for Internet consumers,

    So I think relatively early on I probably was on a path to be more of an entrepreneur, and I think everybody in my family kind of sensed that.


    I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    And what we did with this new company in 1985 is we did start focusing on PCs instead of video game machines, because we learned the hard lesson about bringing a product to market in a consumer world where it's very expensive to build a brand and get distribution and so forth.

    We don't want to suddenly mess around with people's normal viewing habits and force them to do interactive things. Above all, we want to expand the viewer's experience, either through a very simple directory or by providing additional information to the program that's currently showing.

    Over the past twenty years, innovative entrepreneurs have been working to build a new class of companies that strive to do good as well as doing well. The success of companies like Whole Foods has demonstrated that ideas that once seemed on the margins are now becoming mainstream -- as consumers strive to make better choices, seek to do business with companies they respect, and buy products and services that promote a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle.

    I think the support of the other team at AOL and everybody's really shared passion and belief about this and - saying that some day everybody was going to be on line.

    So we believed that strategic alliances and partnerships were critical, and we did that for five years.

    This has been a record-breaking year for America Online, and we finished on a strong note with this quarter's performance, ... Just four years after becoming the only Internet company with 1 billion in annual revenues, we are now posting 1 billion in annual profits.

    We do not intend to limit content diversity on any of our systems. If we limit content, if we do not promote a diversity of voices ... then consumers will waste no time migrating to other Internet and media services.

    My father and his brothers were all lawyers, so I think that the expectation was probably for me to grow up to be an attorney, but it never really fascinated me that much. I was more interested in building things.

    We share with Sun a vision for the future in which consumers will be able to access America Online brands anywhere, at any time, and from any device, and we believe that with this alliance, we can make this happen more quickly.

    From a relatively early age I got interested in business.

    Nowadays people seem to switch schools, either because they have to, and certain schools only serve certain grades, or because they move to a different place or have some particular interest, but I was in the same school for 13 years.

    We went from one million to 20 million subscribers in the past five years. That's great, but a billion people watch CNN.

    You have to get along with people, but you also have to recognize that the strength of a team is different people with different perspectives and different personalities.

    It's stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion, perspective and are able to align the interest of a great team.

    In less than a year Revolution has gone from being a concept to a reality, with three rapidly growing sector companies, overseeing a dozen acquired firms that collectively employ more than 2,500 people. But we're just scratching the surface in terms of the potential to build Revolution into a new kind of company that gives consumers more choice, control and convenience in the important aspects of their lives.

    Bill sees and understands the possibilities of a connected world and has the expertise and the experience to help make it a reality, ... As more and more consumers want to take their connectivity with them beyond the desktop, Bill's vision will be critical in charting the company's future course and delivering on the promise of AOL Anywhere.

    My father still is a lawyer, and my mom was a teacher and then later a career counselor.

    I do think actually in this case the government does get credit for funding some of the basic research.

    But the idea that some day people would want to be able to interact and get stock quotes and talk with other people or all these different things, I just believed that was going to happen.

    Most of the people who had PCs did not have modems and could not use those PCs as communicating devices. They really were using them for spreadsheets or word processing or storing recipes or playing games or what have you.

    I continue to have a special pride and passion for AOL, and I strongly believe that AOL - once the leading Internet company in the world - can return to its past greatness.

    I do think that a general liberal arts education is very important, particularly in an uncertain changing world.

    One of the biggest challenges we had in the first decade was not that many people had personal computers. There weren't that many people to sell to, and it was hard to identify them.

    So my degree was in political science, which I think was - the closest I could come to marketing is politics.

    Five or ten years ago, when it was clear the Internet was becoming a mainstream phenomenon, it was equally clear that a lot of people were being left out and could be left behind.

    I strongly believe that AOL - once the leading Internet company in the world - can return to its past greatness. Over the past few months, I have been pleased to see a renewed focus on AOL at Time Warner, and the emergence of so many strategic alternatives.

    It's another avenue that students have to get out and meet other people, and get away from the normal academic environment.

    And so the idea was, well maybe you can take an Atari video game machine, where people plug in a game cartridge, and plug in a modem, and tie that into a telephone, and essentially turn that game in the machine into an interactive terminal.

    And I'd say one of the great lessons I've learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that really when you come down to it, it really is all about people and all about leadership.

    For better or worse, that is true with any new innovation, certainly any new technological innovation. There's many good things that come out of it, but also some bad things. All you can do is try to maximize the good stuff and minimize the bad stuff.

    We all share the goal of protecting children. Unfortunately, Congress passed this law without understanding the many technological tools available and under development that empower parents, rather than the government, to determine what their children receive on the Internet.

    Coca-Cola's legacy dates back more than a hundred years, whereas the AOL brand is barely a decade old, but today Coca-Cola and AOL are two of the most recognized and powerful consumer brands in the world, ... We look forward to helping Coca-Cola use the online medium to extend its legacy into this new Internet century.

    Jon's hiring represents an important step forward for America Online and the entire company,

    Car-sharing is poised for explosive growth, as it enables consumers to save on the expense and hassle of car ownership, while reducing traffic and pollution.

    I think it's now clear to everybody the Internet has arrived and everybody is talking about how to reinvent their businesses to take advantage of e-commerce, ... While many companies talk about this opportunity, no company is better positioned to take advantage of this situation than AOL.

    If you're doing something new you've got to have a vision. You've got to have a perspective. You've got to have some north star you're aiming for, and you just believe somehow you'll get there, which kind of gets to the passion point.

    And when I was 24, I think, I moved to Washington, D.C., and started focusing on interactive services, and that's really what I then did for 20 years.

    Because I do think - not just in building AOL - but just the world in which we live is a very confusing, rapidly changing world where technology has accelerated.

    lead the convergence of the media, entertainment, communications and Internet industries.

    The bottom line is despite this tragedy and the resulting economic affects our unique mix of assets give us confidence that we can generate strong earnings growth next year and into the future.

    Nobody should have to be a systems integrator to make a convergence network work in their home.

    After deliberating this week, the board unanimously agreed that Dick should be named chairman. I am delighted by this decision and look forward to working with Dick to ensure a smooth transition.

    It's about building partnerships. If we view this industry as just about AOL, phones, PCs, and TVs, we'll be in trouble.

    If you net out the impact of the end of long-term ad deals, 2003 will be, on an operating basis, an up year, ... We don't want to make light of disappointing numbers. But as to the question of has AOL bottomed out yet as a business, we think the answer is yes.


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