In order to be a two-hundred-billion-dollar company, we’ve got to learn how to sell clothes and food.

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By: Jeff Bezos

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Bezos was referring to his desire to get Amazon deeply into the clothing and grocery businesses. In 2017 the company purchased Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn and launched its own-brand fashion collection, called "Find."

source: www.telegraph.co.uk,  

That white box, where you rotate shows every six, seven weeks: It’s so deeply ingrained into culture and the art world.

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By: Sasha Wolf

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Said by art dealer Sasha Wolf during a panel discussion on the future of retailing fine art and photography. Like other retailers, art galleries have been affected by online shopping and the changing habits of consumers. Wolf made the decision to close her physical exhibition space in December of 2016, after more than 10 years, choosing instead to work online and through pop-up shows.

source: www.pdnonline.com,  

Lose money for the firm and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the firm, and I will be ruthless.

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By: Warren Buffett

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After taking control of Salomon in the wake of a major 1991 scandal at the financial firm, Buffet famously told a Congressional panel that was his message for employees of the company.

source: www.cnbc.com,  

The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.

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By: Jack Valenti

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Jack Valenti, then head of the Motion Picture Association of America, famously warned against the use of VCRs at a congressional hearing in 1982. Hollywood was concerned about a machine that could record television programs without requiring any fees. History shows Valenti couldn’t have been more wrong, as consumers ended up spending billions to buy and rent copies of their favorite movies. By 1986, the $4.4 billion consumers spent buying and renting VHS tapes exceeded the $3.8 billion they spent going to the movies at the theater. On July 21, 2016, Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric, the last maker of VHS-compatible video cassette recorders, announced that they would cease producing the devices at the end of the month due to declining sales. Sony said it would cease production of video tapes in its Betamax format in 2015, 13 years after it stopped making compatible recorders.

Rich people only like being around rich people. Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people. So we try and make the place feel upscale for everyone. That is to say we cater to people who have discretion and judgment and we give them a choice and we are consistent in that.

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By: Steve Wynn

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The Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO said this during a presentation to investors. The article states Wynn is making the point that he wants to create an "environment" of wealth that draws all kinds of crowds.

Innovation should be accessible to and we argue - is more important for - the common everyday citizen. The average person should understand, be able to afford, and clearly see ways to integrate new products and ideas into their daily lives. New concepts should disrupt without forcing someone to uproot their existing worlds. That seamless disruption then improves and enriches a person's current life, not the life someone else is forcing you to embrace. For us, that's innovation.

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By: René Carson

Too often in the industry I hear people say, ‘Oh, yeah, we bought that, it’s a piece of crap, but it’ll make money.’ But those are words we’re never going to utter because what we’re trying to do is build up credibility in our brand. We make very few compromises in programming, and we want to do the same on the distribution side.

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By: Tim League

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Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League talking about the company's arthouse/grindhouse distribution arm, "Drafthouse Films."

source: watch.drafthousefilms.com,  

Hollywood should lead the way in healing. . . Hollywood should not be afraid of the subject matter Norman Lear dealt with 35 years ago.

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By: Russell Simmons

Context:
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons - speaking at the 2015 NATPE Conference - had harsh words about the lack of diversity he has encountered in Hollywood, since turning his focus to producing movies, TV shows and digital content. The event comes during a difficult time for race relations, after a series of police-involved shootings of black men.

source: variety.com,