jueves, 4 de diciembre de 2008


"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" David Sarnoff's Associates in rejecting a proposal for investment in the radio in the 1920s

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible" A Yale University professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" H.M. Warner (Warner Brothers) before rejecting proposal for movies with sound in 1927

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper" Gary Cooper on his decision to reject the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make" Rejection letter to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau" Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929, right before the 1929 Stock Market Crash.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out" Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible" Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training" Rejection letter to Arthur Jones, who invented the Nautilus Fitness Machine

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers" Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented" Charles H. Duell,Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value" Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction" Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year" The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall in rejecting a book on data processing, 1957.

"I do not believe the introduction of motor-cars will ever affect the riding of horses" Mr Scott-Montague, MP, in 1903 in the United Kingdom

"I am perfectly convinced the role of the cavalry is as important today as it has been throughout the ages" Major Shaw, MP, in 1936 in the United Kingdom

"I do not think it would be practicable to introduce pedestrian crossings in London" Colonel Ashley, MP, Roads Minister in Britain, in 1927

"This is typical Berlin hot air. The product is worthless" Letter sent by Heinrich Dreser, head of Bayer's Pharmacological Institute, rejecting Felix Hoffmann's invention: Aspirin

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us" Western Union internal memo, 1876

"The abdomen, the chest and the brain will forever be shut from instrusion of the wise and humane surgeon" Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home" Ken Olsen, pres., chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet" Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P inetersted in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

"Look, I'll talk to you as a father: If I were you, I would go back to Spain and I would get married because you do not have a chance to make it. You have a nice voice, but the world of opera is more than voice. It is a tough world full of difficulties, and I do not think you are capable of overcoming them" Comments made by a famous italian opera director rejecting Montserrat Caballé after her first audition in Rome.

"When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of" Erasmus Wilson (1878)

"Who the hell wants to copy a document on plain paper???!!!" 1940 Rejection Letter to Chester Carlson, inventor of the XEROX machine (Note: In fact, over 20 companies rejected his "useless" idea between 1939 and 1944. Even the National Inventors Council dismissed it)

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