Jim Barksdale, formally James Love Barksdale

Barksdale, formally James Love Barksdale

American Business Executive, CEO and President of Netscape Communications Corporation

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That's kind of like a houseboat: not a good house... not a good boat.

Three kinds of people: 1) see change and think of ways to capitalize, 2) see change and can't think of a way to capitalize, 3) don't see the change.

Where we can compete on merit, we do very well.

That's the ultimate gratification in any business situation - do customers buy the product? And do they use it and do they come back and buy more of it?

Three rules: if you see a snake, shoot it; don?t play with dead snakes; everything looks like a snake at first.

You cannot manage that which you cannot measure.

The ability of our people to think quickly and create great products in this whole new world of Internet open standards is not only essential to our success but is also one of the things that impresses me most about Netscape.

Two of three people on the Internet today prefer our product. As a company that's three years old, we're proud of that. We've just started a program to distribute 120 million copies of our product, so there are ways we can hold on to market share. Most companies would be proud of a 67 percent market share.

You don't want to call it a blessing, but it is a chance. You need hope and a sense of place. These ideas have provided that. They seem to be resonating with an awful lot of people out here.

The enemy is on the outside.

We also provide a lot of services with our consulting group that allow people to take maximum advantage of the Net economy. Those all seem to resonate with customers and are providing a good strong base going forward.

You folks are like the pig at a ham and egg breakfast. You are committed.

The fact is we have very few facts. The purpose of the Internet Policy Institute is to gather the kind of data that's going to be essential to develop the Internet.

We can collaborate with a Netscape employee or partner who's halfway around the world. We can distribute information and software to customers and shareholders, and get their feedback.

Your job is to run as fast as you can towards the cliff. My job is to move the cliff.

The fourth quarter was a pivotal one for Netscape, as we underscored our focus on the enterprise market with the introduction of our next-generation client and server software suites.

We can provide beta software to our developers in advance of the general public. We can easily link up with external partners, customers, and suppliers.

The infantry is always ahead of headquarters.

We provide many options in many product areas that they seem to want to adopt, and that's working well for us.

The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.

We?re going to jump with every chute we build.

The most effective military strategy in history: point all your forces right at the enemy and beyond.

Well, another market is being created now out of Internet technology.

The purpose of a business is to create and retain customers. citing Peter Drucker

Well, the sales of our products clearly demonstrate their value to businesses and to individuals.

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American Business Executive, CEO and President of Netscape Communications Corporation