We have always said that advertising is just the icing on the cake. It is not the cake.— Meg Whitman
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Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.
Problems are good, as long as you solve them quickly.
Because if you don't have a great workforce, a great higher education system, you're not going to have the next eBay, the next AmGen, the next, you know, Miasole, and not only California but America is going to fall behind a whole new competitive context which is obviously China, India, and other countries.
A business leader has to keep their organization focused on the mission.
That sounds easy, but it can be tremendously challenging in today's competitive and ever-changing business environment. A leader also has to motivate potential partners to join.
When people use your brand name as a verb, that is remarkable.
One good thing about California is we have quite a broad-based economy.
We provide more fruits and vegetables and produce to the United States than any other state. So we have actually the single largest agricultural sector in the country.
Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community.
My view is that, just as in many businesses, brands really matter.
There will always be a role for destination sites. Eighty million users come to our destination. I think that will be the vast majority of our future business.
If you have fun at your job, I think you're going to be more effective.
I got to get the right people in the right job.
Because a lot of costs can be taken out in the context of your administration without the legislature.For example, using technology to do more with less. Using technology to fight fraud. Reorganizing and streamlining can be done within the context of the administration.
You know, in a workplace, when you shrink the size of a workforce, there is pain there. But there is no question: we have a government that we can no longer afford.That is the cold, hard fact. So we have to make this more efficient. We have to sunset programs that no longer work. We have to eliminate waste and fraud. We must do this.
Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world.
Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.
Guess what? The world changes. eBay has defined e-commerce.
I'm not a career politician. I spent 30 years in business. I can tell you that people in California have had it with career politicians: they are done.
You know, I think, people of all stripes in California, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, frankly, as I have traveled the state, the number one issue is jobs. And they are looking for which candidate can get the economy back on track.
Because what happens is, as the economy suffers, tax revenues go down.
But unlike businesses, where at least your variable costs go down, in government your variable costs go up: unemployment insurance, workmen's compensation, health care benefits, welfare, you name it.
What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations disaster that is the Net, in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good.
It is very clear that voice communications is moving on to the Internet.
In the end, the price that anyone can provide for voice transmission on the Net will trend toward zero.
People ask me, how is managing in the New Economy different from managing in the Old Economy? Actually, it's a lot the same. It's about the financial discipline of the bottom line, understanding your customers, segmenting your customers by their needs, and building a world-class management team.
I want to work with the teachers' union.
But as I said out there, we have to put the kids first and we are letting down a generation of California children. It's not acceptable.
We can put our head in the sand and continue to lose jobs overseas and to other states, or we can say, 'You know what? We are not going to lose another job from California, and we're going to be the very best place to start and grow a business.' So I'll be the chief sales officer for California businesses.
In my judgment, we have to avoid, at all costs, tax increases.
That would be the worst possible thing to do and will make a bad economy even worse. Beyond that, targeted tax relief should be expanded upon.
For me, the international expansion of eBay was the best idea.
We are now in 35 countries, and have a huge global network. The second best one was the acquisition of PayPal - the wallet on eBay.
To be effective, leaders must have the qualities and attitudes essential to work in a group setting.
Silicon Valley is 130 miles from Sacramento, but it might as well be a million miles away given how it operates.
I have run large organizations, I know what it takes to create a healthy business climate, and I have more experience than Jerry Brown doing that. So it'll be a stark contrast, a career politician vs. someone who has met a payroll, gotten a return on investment, knows how to use technology to do more with less.
Well, California used to be in the dream-making business, and unfortunately what's happened I think we're now in the dream-breaking business.
We can't impede progress in the name of environmental action that yields little for the environment and even less for our people.. and we should look at the environment as an economic opportunity.
I think we can be the very best place to start a business, to grow a business, to invent a new technology, to change the world, to change the country. But we've got a lot of work to deliver a new California to the people of California.
The fact that used cars is our largest category is a good example.
We would not have sat in a conference room and said, "Hey, how about used cars?" So what can be learned that is extensible to other companies is to ask what are your customers doing with your products that maybe you didn't anticipate that they would do? How do you think of your customers as your research and development lab, as opposed to having an R&D lab at headquarters?
We also need to reduce corporate tax rates.
This applies to small, medium and large businesses. At 35 percent, we have the second highest corporate rates in the world. It restricts the growth of small enterprises that need to plow capital back into their businesses and forces companies and jobs to move overseas.
You look at the tremendous success of Facebook.
To my mind there is not a lot of commerce going on in these social networking sites. eBay is a community anchored in commerce. It is a commerce site that built a community around it. What has not been proven is if the reverse can happen and people will go to community sites to do commerce.
When a small business grows like eBay did, it has a multiplier effect.
It creates other small businesses that supply it with intellectual capital, goods and services.
And I want to be able to - you know, make Republicans and Democrats famous for keeping jobs in California.
eBay had two main things that really spoke to me.
It enabled individuals to do things that they could not have done without the Web. The second thing was what Pierre said: "People have met their best friends on eBay. What this has enabled is truly online community."
A monkey could drive this train.
You know, I like to think that I will subscribe very much to the core Republican principles of small government. Making a small number of rules and getting out of the way. Keeping taxes low. Creating an environment for small businesses to grow and thrive.
I think maybe it is about time for a governor who has created jobs, who's managed a budget, who's led and inspired large organizations, who listens well, and who can drive an agenda.
Sometimes it's a little bit like being a politician.
We have work to do in understanding our users' sentiments.
If we don't rededicate ourselves to education with the same attitude Americans have applied to going to the moon and fighting wars, the results will be profound. We will gradually lose our successful workforce.
Remember that you can do anything you want to do.
Don't let anyone say, 'You're not smart enough... it's too hard... it's a dumb idea... no one has done that before... girls don't do that.' My mom gave me that advice in 1973. And it allowed me to never worry about what others were saying about my career direction.
I answer that question by saying: 'Why Meg Whitman' which is: I'm not a career politician. I spent 30 years in business. I can tell you that people in California have had it with career politicians: they are done.
Most of us can't even begin to imagine.
I want to spend 100 percent of my time focused on what I think I can make the biggest difference on as the governor of California.
You can't stand for too many things. You can't use the bully pulpit for too many things. So, I promise you, every day, I am going to talk about jobs, spending, and education.
Regulation is strangling businesses of all sizes in California, and we've got to streamline regulation so it's easy, not hard, to do business.