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If being the biggest company was a guarantee of success, we'd all be using IBM computers and driving GM cars.

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In the business world, bad news is usually good news - for somebody else.

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If someone really wants my company's business, why shouldn't he be able to do everything he can - including paying me off - to get that business? Because bribery encourages people to make decisions based on the wrong criteria, which means in the business world that it distorts the efficient allocation of resources.

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The history of the Internet is, in part, a series of opportunities missed: the major record labels let Apple take over the digital-music business: Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix for a mere fifty million dollars: Excite turned down the chance to acquire Google for less than a million dollars.

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Unlike fuel-economy standards, the most common method of reducing demand for oil over the past thirty years, a gas tax doesn't tell people what kind of car to drive. It simply raises the price of gasoline and lets people adjust their behavior accordingly.

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The history of the Internet is, in part, a series of opportunities missed: the major record labels let Apple take over the digital-music business: Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix for a mere fifty million dollars: Excite turned down the chance to acquire Google for less than a million dollars.

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If being the biggest company was a guarantee of success, we'd all be using IBM computers and driving GM cars.

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In the auto industry, there's one thing you can always count on: if a new environmental or safety rule is proposed, executives will prophesy disaster.

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Solyndra's failure isn't a reason for the government to give up on alternative energy, any more than the failure of Pets.com during the Internet bubble means that venture capital should steer clear of tech projects.

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