Bad Predictions

 The next time a great idea you really believe in gets rejected; don’t give up and remember these predictions.

“But what…is it good for?” — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.” – Western Union internal memo (1876).

“I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.” – IBM chairman Thomas Watson (1943).

“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first 6 months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” – Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox (1946).

“The wireless music box (radio) has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?” – Associates of David Sarnoff responding to his call for investment in the radio (1921).

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” — H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

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