Netscape is one of those companies that came and went and will return with little help from the press. The Internet allowed them to go over our heads directly to customers.
The NC will be off-stage for a while, and then reemerge with a new name, something like network appliance, ... And everyone will believe that Larry [Ellison] was wrong, when he's right.
It's not going to be a big hit in the cities, and it's not going to replace all Internet access -- you'd have to blacken the sky with satellites, ... But out in the country, or in underdeveloped nations, it does have an interesting economic effect.
When we said we would sign up multiple microcontroller partners, it raised an important issue, since we're a tiny company. We had the specific discussion of eliminating OEM sales in favor of partnering with chip suppliers, but the coprocessor market appeared to have a long enough life to justify our offering products like the EM260 independently.
My advice is never let a publicist call you a 'visionary.' I've hung out with the visionaries at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. I've been a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. I wouldn't touch 'visionary' with a 10-foot pole.
Where visionaries can be good at persuasion, CEOs are good at wielding authority. Visionaries transcend organizations, resources, and current realities, while CEOs master them.
When you're running a company, creating jobs is the last thing you want to. When you're running a company you want to employ as few people as possible, and yet you inadvertently create jobs.
Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the internet's continuing exponential growth. But I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.