You have to remember that YouTube was really built on the back of one of our videos,” said Jeff Zucker to WSJ’s Kara Swisher. “Lazy Sunday from “Saturday Night Live” really is what built a lot of the value of YouTube.”
Zucker, president and chief executive of General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal, also oversees NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, cable networks USA, the Sci-Fi Channel, MSNBC and others, movie studios and theme parks.
Other great Zuckerisms (mixed with some timeless technology quotes):
- “Television is still paramount.”
- “Whether we watch, consume content on a phone or online or wherever, the content first appears almost all the time on television.”
- “There is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home” (okay, that one is actually Ken Olson, DEC Electronics).
- “We’re in this transition period of figuring out how to deal with all the new technology that is out there, but television still proves to be the granddaddy of them all.”
- “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” (alright that was Sir William Preece of the British Post Office).
- “Advertisers have been clear. They don’t want their ads next to those cats on skateboards. That’s been the problem for YouTube in terms of generating revenue.”
- “I think we’ve been actually ahead of most advertisers and most agencies.”
- “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.” mkay that was from a Yale University management professor responding to FedEx founder Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service.
Now you try! What quote would you have written Zucker to help ensure he goes as viral as skateboarding cats?