You might remember BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins’ comment from earlier this week claiming that the tablet industry will be doomed in five years. This, like other statements from tech CEOs throughout the years, makes absolutely no sense. In fact, a report from the IDC directly contradicted Heins, proving that the tablet industry is continuing to surge.
“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” he said to Bloomberg. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”
Soon after, Heins’ comments went from ignorant to arrogant.
“In five years, I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing—that’s what we’re aiming for,” he said. “I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat.”
Heins is far from being the first tech industry CEO to utter conceited and somewhat delusional remarks to the media. Here’s a roundup of six blatantly arrogant quotes from tech company leaders over the years.
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank to right this wrong," late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson. “I’m going to destroy Android because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
According to Isaacson, Jobs was furious in 2010 when HTC unveiled an Android phone that supposedly included features similar to the iPhone. He even accused Google of committing “grand theft." I'll bet that's exactly how Xerox felt back in the '80s when Apple jacked its PARC GUI to use on the Macintosh. It doesn't feel very good, does it?