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We are not at the right place, we are too old fashioned, we are too human-interfaced. We do not have a direct digital offering that’s right just yet: John Cryan

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“Our Amazon.in team is surpassing even our most ambitious planned milestones, and I’m pleased to announce today that we’ll invest an additional $3 billion on top of the $2 billion that we announced in 2014, bringing our total investment in India to over $5 billion”
— Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to US

“We are not at the right place, we are too old fashioned, we are too human-interfaced. We do not have a direct digital offering that’s right
just yet”
— John Cryan, CEO, Deutsche Bank, insisting that the bank “need[s] to revolutionise the business because the world has changed so much” but admits its diverse customer base makes it hard for the bank to fully embrace digital

“If you are working 24/7, you’re not going to have any interesting ideas”
— Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube, believes in enforcing a strict separation of work and personal life

“We think that having that capability when the steering wheel and the pedals are still in the vehicle is a very good way to demonstrate and prove the safety”
— Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors, suggesting that self-driving vehicles should keep steering wheels, brake pedals and accelerators in them as the technology develops

“You will see us put more thought into Nexus devices, there are categories beyond phones, we’ll be opinionated where we need to push the category forward. You have great examples of regional players in places like India and China which serve the needs of those markets very well”
— Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google, at an event

“We certainly don’t like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company. However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason”
— Jonah Peretti, CEO, BuzzFeed, on the company’s withdrawal from an ad deal ($1.3 million) with the Republican National Committee for its presumptive candidate, Donald Trump




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