Wireless industry executives are known for staying out of the weeds, for the most part, especially if they're CEOs. They often leave technical details to CTOs and other network-focused executives. By delegating this responsibility, they can focus on the overarching message for a company--the business strategy, the big themes, the brand. Still, that doesn't mean they won't flub every once in a while.
When a CEO makes a bold statement, an attack on a rival or a bone-headed comment, these statements stand apart because they're out of the ordinary, outrageous or simply stupid. In short, they're gems.
Often, these statements and musings have come back to haunt their authors, particularly if a predictions turns out to be wildly off base.
With that in mind, FierceWireless compiled this list of some of the most memorable quotes from wireless industry executives. Your mission, should choose to accept it, is to match up the quote to correct executive who is responsible for it. Some may be easier than others, but we dare you to guess all of them correctly. Good luck!
Here are the quotes. Below, you'll find the choices for executives.
- "If you don't have a mobile strategy, you're in deep turd."
- "I love my job. I hate my customers."
- "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."
- "What we're really doing is building an augmented version of humanity, building computers to help humans do the things they don't do well better."
- Paraphrased: Companies that adopt Android are like Finnish boys. Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter.
- "I'll think you'll just be amazed that how it's a quantum leap over anything that's out there."
- "Right out of the chute, it's going to be difficult to engineer. It's going to drain the battery like crazy, and it's going to be a fat brick."
- "Clearly we've hit a speed bump. No question about it. It's really disappointing, and it's frustrating. But, the company has tremendous assets."
- "Halloween is over. It's time for T-Mobile to stop dressing up like their favorite super-hero--Sprint 4G."
- "We, too, are standing on a 'burning platform' and we must decide how we are going to change our behavior."
A. Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
B. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
C. AT&T CTO John Donovan
D. Sprint President-Global Wholesale Solutions Matt Carter
E. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
F. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
G. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie
H. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
I. Former Motorola CEO Ed Zander
J. Former Nokia smartphone chief Anssi Vanjoki
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