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I am a contrarian.
– Barry Diller
If you’re going to run a public company, be absolutely certain of what the parameters are, what the clarity is, that you can explain it to yourselves and explain it externally.
What I’ve learned over the years is that focus and singular purpose is the best approach for businesses.
This is a world in which reasons are made up because reality is too painful.
The ability for consumers to receive broadcast over the air signal is their right.
We have a tax code whose complications and levels of unfairness and levels of choosing people to give tax breaks to and choosing people to deny them to is thousands of pages long with endless complications and unbelievable manipulations by everybody.
We want to be able to sell you anything, anywhere, any time you want it.
Companies like GE and Procter & Gamble have been in business for a long time. Over decades or a century you’re bound to figure out a management structure that works.
I’ve not conducted my life in the service of smallness.
I’m sure there are some commercial applications for Twitter, but they don’t really interest me. I mean, 140 characters? I am really not interested in Ashton Kutcher’s daily walks. Not for me.
If we’re going to talk about our businesses, we’re going to have to talk about them within the constraints of the disclosure rules, without giving guidance, because we’re not going to give guidance, because we don’t believe that it is a sensible game to play.
People, me included, have a truly emotional thing about this iPad.
The entertainment business hasn’t had a new idea in years.
Facebook’s the real deal. Nobody can buy Facebook now. Everybody has taken an angle at it. But Facebook may be the place that organizes everybody’s personal information. It’s got a very good chance of being that.
What interests me is starting businesses on our own, finding ideas that we can support, and simply investing in invention.
Well, the Internet is this miracle. It is an absolutely extraordinary idea that you can press a send button, and you are publishing to the world.
The world is changing. Networks without a specific branding strategy will be killed. I envision a world of highly niched services and tightly run companies without room for all the overhead the established networks carry.
I don’t have answers for anybody else. What I know is that internal complexity makes for superficiality. There’s never essentially a pure story unless there’s a pure product line that has its own shining clarity.
What’s happened to broadcasting is that broadcasting really used to be… it used to have a very clear public service quotient. And it’s more or less now. And it’s been lost.
Sometimes it seems like there’s more footnotes than text. This isn’t something we’re proud of, and over time we’d like to see our footnotes steadily shrink.
We need an unambiguous rule – a law – that nobody will step between the publisher and the consumer, full stop.
Now along comes the potential creative destruction brought by a different distribution methodology, the Internet.
There’s no way you can predict what is going to happen in six months or two years in most businesses, and certainly not for businesses that are growing at the rate that we have grown.
My opinion, young people go to the Internet. To the Internet distribution system right now, you put it up there and it’s accessed by the world.
What we need to do is replace the entire tax code. I do not think it makes sense to say, ‘Let’s just grab money from, quote, the wealthy’… The issue is the tax code’s rotten and we should start truly over with a simple code that is fair and transparent.
I’m just saying if you want to reach large audiences, then rely on professionals, meaning people who are in the industry and are trained for it, rather than just idiot savants.