"Who wants to hear actors talk?"
H.M. Warner, cofounder of Warner Brothers, 1927
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962
"The wireless music box [radio] has no imaginable commercial value."
Said to David Sarnoff, founder of NBC
"This 'telephone'... is inherently of no value to us."
Western Union memo, 1876