We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Steve Case Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
From a relatively early age I got interested in business.
I enjoyed high school and college, and I think I learned a lot, but that was not really my focus. My focus was on trying to figure out what businesses to start.
So my degree was in political science, which I think was – the closest I could come to marketing is politics.
You have to get along with people, but you also have to recognize that the strength of a team is different people with different perspectives and different personalities.
Five or ten years ago, when it was clear the Internet was becoming a mainstream phenomenon, it was equally clear that a lot of people were being left out and could be left behind.
And what we did with this new company in 1985 is we did start focusing on PCs instead of video game machines, because we learned the hard lesson about bringing a product to market in a consumer world where it’s very expensive to build a brand and get distribution and so forth.
When I first got started in the late ’70s, early ’80s, and first was thinking about the interactive world, I believed so fervently that it was the next big thing, I thought it would happen quickly.
One of the biggest challenges we had in the first decade was not that many people had personal computers. There weren’t that many people to sell to, and it was hard to identify them.
For better or worse, that is true with any new innovation, certainly any new technological innovation. There’s many good things that come out of it, but also some bad things. All you can do is try to maximize the good stuff and minimize the bad stuff.
It’s stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion, perspective and are able to align the interest of a great team.
The idea that maybe you don’t have to own a car if you only need one occasionally may catch on, just like time-sharing caught on in real estate.
Nowadays people seem to switch schools, either because they have to, and certain schools only serve certain grades, or because they move to a different place or have some particular interest, but I was in the same school for 13 years.
I was not an outstanding student. I did a reasonable amount of work. I got generally good – pretty good grades, but I was not that passionate about getting straight A’s.
But the idea that some day people would want to be able to interact and get stock quotes and talk with other people or all these different things, I just believed that was going to happen.
Because I do think – not just in building AOL – but just the world in which we live is a very confusing, rapidly changing world where technology has accelerated.
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
And I’d say one of the great lessons I’ve learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that really when you come down to it, it really is all about people and all about leadership.
One of the problems with computers, particularly for the older people, is they were befuddled by them, and the computers have gotten better. They have gotten easier to use. They have gotten less expensive. The software interfaces have made things a lot more accessible.
I think the support of the other team at AOL and everybody’s really shared passion and belief about this and – saying that some day everybody was going to be on line.
I had an older brother who passed away recently, an older sister and a younger brother.
We don’t want to turn the TV into a computer.
I think it took us nine years to get one million subscribers to AOL, and then in the next nine years we went from one million to 35 million.