Michael Dell on His 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote

Michael Dell on His 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote

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Alexia Tsotsis asked Michael Dell if he regretted his 'I'd shut down Apple' quote during a Q&A at the Web 2.0 Summit today.

In 1997, at the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo97, the CEO of Dell Computer offered his solution to Apple's problems. "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders," Michael Dell said. At that time Apple was trading at $17 a share. It's now trading at around $420.

TechCrunch reports that Dell thought today was a "great opportunity" to clarify what he had said indicating that his previous "answer was misconstrued."

Dell said he originally refused to answer the question but after being pressed he responded "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders," because he couldn't imagine himself being CEO of any other company.

"The meaning of my answer was that I'm the CEO of Dell, I don't think about being the CEO of any other company, I'm not a CEO for hire, so if you asked me what I'd do for any other company, it's not really something I think about."

"I have tremendous respect for Apple. Obviously Steve will be missed and was a friend."

When asked if he would have given a different answer about another company, Dell replied, "I am Michael Dell founder of Dell [and would ask] 'Why don't you give me another question?'."

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Michael Dell on His 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote

Shawn - October 18, 2011 at 11:25pm
I wish Dell would have dissolved the company and given back its shares to the shareholders. I sold my AAPL in 2002 and bought Dell. Since then: Dell down 50%. Apple up a couple of 1000%. Thanks for the advice Dell. I even bought 5 dells. From water-cooled XPS to Alienware laptops. All broke down. I had a dell technician living with me for 5 straight days to fix my XPS (and he failed. Got a new XPS). The new XPS had the same all fans at max speed problem. It got replaced with a brand new Alienware Aurora ALX with 6 core Intel. In that computer, the power cable to the graphic card had been destroyed at the factory. Dell could not fix that. A 50 cent cable. I got a full refund. The laptop computer with dual GTX 8800 gave me huge burn marks on my lap. Dell said that that was normal and would not fix it. They wrote about it in Scandiavias largest newspaper, and suddenly Dell gave me back my money + 70 dollar. (in US I would have gotten millions) I tried Dell. I really tried. Newer more the dark side.
Boywonda - October 18, 2011 at 11:20pm
Dell still exists? WTF?
Just ME - October 18, 2011 at 8:54pm
Dell has such a big ego he can't admit he was wrong. What an ass.
Big black azz - October 18, 2011 at 9:01pm
maybe Dell should be shutdown and the Feds jail his ass for tax evasion ala Enron!
I hate Windows - October 19, 2011 at 12:12am
Fuck Dell, as a matter of fact fuck all windows based Pee-Sees
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