Tech Executives Say the Darnedest Things

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It’s true. Executives do say some of the darnedest things. Those people in suits, usually wearing a tie and looking professional. You know the type. Sometimes, the result is funny, other times it just makes us wonder what the heck they are thinking. Either way, we are all prone to saying things that evoke laughter or head-scratching. It’s okay, we are sure that we’ve said our fair share of stupid things in the past, and it’s bound to happen again. It doesn’t matter, because executives say the darnedest things.


Reggie Fils-Aime – The iPhone and iPad Are Not “Viable” Gaming Platforms


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Nintendo of America bossman Reggie Fils-Aime has a good head on his shoulders. His long business history has given him a great deal of knowledge. However, when he said that he didn’t see Apple’s iDevices as viable profit platforms, many of us had to disagree. Yeah, there is a lot of free crap on the App Store, and a lot of it really is crap. However, there are many developers who have managed to create smash hits with minimal budgets thanks to the availability of the iOS SDK. Selling something at a buck a pop has paid off pretty well for many of these developers.


Howard Stringer – Said That He Did Not See the Wii as a Competitor


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Well, we understand that the Wii doesn’t offer HD graphics and a Blu-Ray player. Still, it does eat away at a chunk of the PlayStation 3′s dough. Sony CEO Howard Stringer said the Wii wasn’t a competitor, but that’s probably because the PS3 was so far behind at the time that he figured it wasn’t worth trying to catch up. However, he did call it “an expensive niche game device.” Sure thing, Howard. Keep in mind that this was in 2008, the Wii was retailing for $250 (it’s launch price) and included a game. The PS3, on the other hand, is hard to track a price for because it kept receiving price drops‚Ķan obvious result of being appropriately priced. Still, if it helps any the PS3 launched with two models one priced at $599 and another priced at $499, definitely not overpriced.

Oh, and who can forget PlayStation Move. While it’s definitely a cool concept, anyone who says the idea was not inspired or ripped from the Wii Remote and Nunchuk is so full of poop. They definitely see that whole motion gaming thing as a great direction to take their hardware.



Steve Ballmer – On the iPhone

Don’t get us wrong–we love Steve Ballmer. The guy is funny. Kind of the class clown of the tech world. Unfortunately, that outspoken-ness is part of why he has been known to say some silly things. We can’t fully blame him for laughing at the iPhone. No one knew how well the device would do, and it did seem rather pricey when it launched. Still, you should never underestimate the power of Apple’s fanbase. You also shouldn’t underestimate their ability to market something even if you don’t think you need it. Given, he did note, “It may sell very well.”

The infamous video is below:



Steve Ballmer (Again) – Says Larry Ellison is Overpaid


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See? Ballmer works up a sweat for his measly, sub-$1M pay.

Here’s another one of our favorites from Ballmer. Yes, Larry Ellison was paid $74 million when Ballmer said this. Ballmer had received less than a million. Though most of Ballmer’s money comes from ownership of Microsoft stock. When this was reported, the guy was worth $15 billion. Sorry, but if you are worth that kind of money, the last thing you should be complaining about is someone else being overpaid.



Steve Jobs – Says that People Don’t Read Anymore


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 They practice Yoga instead

We aren’t sure if Jobs was being totally serious, but he said it. 

It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore… The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.

Maybe reading isn’t exactly the most popular pastime these days, but people definitely read. He even made sure to include iBooks with his magical device. Then there are devices like the Nook and the Kindle. While they may not be selling as fast as the iPad, they definitely have their fair share of the market, and the Kindle is far from being a failure. Looks like people do read after all. 



Kevin Turner – Says that the iPhone 4 Might be Apple’s Vista


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Not all of us at iSmashPhone are heavy Windows users. Not all of us even think Vista is all that bad. It may not be Microsoft’s best version of the popular operating system, but it’s no pushover. How quickly people forget the absolute piece of crap that was Windows ME. Though the iPhone 4 was off to a rocky start (we even gave it an unfavorable review when it launched) but after some software updates and a case if you did have a problem (some of us didn’t have the antenna issue) the phone was very nice.

Not to mention, you sound like a fool when you call your own operating system a mistake. Yeah, that’s right, Kevin Turner is Microsoft’s CTO.


Stan Shih – US Computer Makers May Not Exist in 20 Years

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Stan Shih, founder of Acer, said that US computer makers may not exist in 20 years. While he does have a point in saying that prices need to be lowered, (we all like lower prices) saying that U.S. computer makers may not exist in 20 years is kind of a bold prediction. He shouldn’t underestimate their ability to adjust to market conditions.

Though the guy is 66 years old. In 20 years he will be 86. Our bet is that he’s not counting on being around long enough to be proven wrong anyway. Still, if we our wrong, we welcome him to kick our butts and laugh at us in the afterlife. We will surely deserve it.

Stan Shih – Apple is a Mutant Virus


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We aren’t sure whether this is an insult or a…we just don’t know. Either way, Shih recently said that Apple is like a “Mutant Virus.” Yes, those are his words. He said that they are like a “Mutant virus” to the PC industry and that the “industry will still eventually build up immunity, thus further blocking this trend.” We take it he doesn’t like overpriced computers.


Roger McNamee – On the iPhone, Two Years Later


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Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners tried to talk up Palm by saying that people wouldn’t sticking to the iPhone. He said:


You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later. Think about it — if you bought the first iPhone, you bought it because you wanted the coolest product on the market. Your two-year contract has just expired. Look around. Tell me what they’re going to buy.

Well, looks like people renewed their contracts. The iPhone 4 did well, and we are still waiting for our new Palm OS.

Michael Dell – Apple Should Close Shop


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To be fair, this comment was made in 1997, and not many of us thought Apple had a very bright future. That is all true. However, he definitely didn’t think the company was salvageable. Either that, or he just wanted less competition. Either way, Apple has completely turned itself around since then. Currently, Apple shares are $276.57. Dell’s are at $12.42.

Samuel Palmisano – HP Used to be an Inventive Company


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IBM CEP Samuel Palmisano recently criticized HP for not being innovative. He noted that HP is now basically forced into acquisitions to keep on top of the technology biz. Perhaps he’s right, but as some on the internet have pointed out, IBM is one to speak; here is a list of their acquisitions: IBM Acquisitions.

Besides, do people still really care about IBM anymore? At least we are looking forward to what webOS has to offer.

Larry Ellison – On the HP Board Firing Mark Hurd


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The story involving HP’s former CEO Mark Hurd and his firing is a long tangled mess. In the interest of time, we won’t get into it, but basically it was a lot of he said-she said and Mark Hurd was was canned and given a $29 million severance. That’s probably pocket change to a CEO of a major company, but the rest of us could probably live off of that for the rest of our lives.

So in comes Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to defend his buddy, he implied that the HP board was a bunch of idiots when he said it was the “Worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.” Seem’s he’s pretty ticked off about it.


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