The Top 20 Quotes From the Code Conference

We’ve started posting all the videos from last week’s inaugural Code Conference: So far, we have full videos of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet trends presentation and our interview with Apple’s Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue just hours after Apple bought Beats for $3 billion.

Those videos are definitely worth your time if you weren’t able to join us in Palos Verdes, Calif. But as a teaser while those videos roll out, here’s a quick hit of some of the biggest, best and most entertaining things said onstage at Code.

“Audio is the ghetto of the tech business. We wanted to move to a better neighborhood, so we made a deal with Apple.”

Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Beats, on audio in the tech industry.

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“I don’t think you buy cool. I think you make the best products in the world and customers love them.”

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, on making products “cool.”

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“It’s way more important than American history.”

Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe on the value of coding.

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“Conversation about your show is important. Whether that translates into a rating point … I don’t know. But it certainly has upside to it.”

Television producer Ryan Seacrest on the merits of social media for traditional TV.

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“In 15 years, I don’t think you’re going to be hearing about people talking about HR or sales on premise.”

Workday co-CEO Aneel Bhusri on the future of corporate structure.

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“We don’t wake up every morning and go to work and say, ‘we want to be hated.'”

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts responding to a question from the audience regarding public perception.


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“If our customers want drones, we’re going to need bigger drones.”

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on the role of drones in Walmart’s business.

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“I think Sergey should program those things to only go to Walmart and Sam’s Clubs.”

Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, on how driverless cars could affect retail business.

“You have to have patience and the right amount of impatience. If you approach everything that it has to be a hit instantly, you’re not going to build a 100 year company.”

Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella on finding verticals that work for the 39-year-old software giant.

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“I didn’t expect in my life I would be in their sandwich.”

Special guest speaker Gwyneth Paltrow on appearing between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.


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“I wish we could just forget the ruling … There’s a lot of vagueness there.”

Google co-founder Sergey Brin on the E.U. Court’s recent ruling that people have a right to be forgotten.

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“No, that we’ve already developed. That’s why I have a PR person here whispering.”

Google co-founder Sergey Brin on invisibility cloaks.

“I’m the most qualified person to do this, or the only one they found.”

Blackberry CEO John Chen on his job candidacy.

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“He’s obviously more successful than I am.”

Blackberry CEO John Chen on Masayoshi Son.

“Oh my god, how can Americans live like this?”

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son on foreign perceptions of American internet options.

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“This is bullshit.”

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son recalls his reaction to NTT’s former near-monopoly over broadband internet in Japan.

“I hate that term.”

Nest CEO Tony Fadell on the term, “Internet of things.”

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“We’ve been worried since the day the company was founded. You have to be paranoid.”

Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston on his competitors.

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“We didn’t realize it, but we’re in this political campaign, and the candidate is Uber. And the opponent is an asshole named taxi.”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on the on-going legal battle with taxi lobbies.

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“If you were at a club on New Year’s Eve and you ordered a bottle of champagne, you can’t go to the bar the next day and say ‘I was drunk, I didn’t mean to do that’”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on surge pricing.