1876 “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to
be seriously considered as a means of communication.”
–Western Union internal memo.
1895 “Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”
–Lord Kelvin, president of the Royal Society.
1927 “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
–H.M. Warner, founder of Warner Brothers.
1943 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
–Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM.
1962 “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music
is on the way out.”
–Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
1981 “640 kilobytes of memory ought to be enough for anybody.”
–Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.