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“Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?” (Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to Iran’s new leader – Hassan Rouhani – after the Iranian president announced in April that he had joined Twitter.)

“There couldn’t be a more exciting time in Twitter’s history to join!” (Marjorie Scardino, Twitter’s first female board member in November. It was also Scardino’s very first tweet.)

“I have been frankly astonished at some of the things that have wound up on the Internet.” (Google’s Vint Cerf at the RSA conference in March.)

“Remember when Microsoft was scary? They’re almost like a pet now, you feel sorry for them.” (Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal speaking at the Joint Venture Silicon Valley conference in February.)

“I don’t do meetings. I don’t do voicemails. It’s all email…unless you want to write me a check.” (NBA owner and tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban at CES in January.)

“When immigrants come to our border now, they see two signs. One says ‘No Trespassing,’ and the other says ‘Help Wanted’.” (Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren speaking about immigration reform at CES in January.)

“There’s more music uploaded to the Internet daily than you can listen to for your entire life.” (Max Weisel of Relative Wave at the SF Music Tech Conference in February.)

“I know where a lot of these attacks are coming from, but I can’t tell you because it’s classified.” (U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, explaining to a Silicon Valley crowd in April why the government can’t share information with the private sector when an Internet attack is launched.)

“Where else can you breast feed your baby while carrying not one, but two concealed weapons?” (Congresswoman Dina Titus welcoming NAB Conference attendees to Las Vegas in April.)

“We’re great, but we’re old.” (TV executive at this year’s NAB convention bemoaning the problems facing his industry.)

“If you go beyond four to five hours of game playing today, you’re basically screwing up your life.” (Atari founder Nolan Bushnell at a ZERO1 event in May.)

“There are way too many products made by Silicon Valley men for Silicon Valley men.” (Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit wearable technology at the Glazed Fashion Conference in June.)

“We don’t do any classified work.” (Jim Prince, president of the Democracy Council, whose work on Internet freedom programs in Iran has been carefully shielded from public view by the U.S. government.)

“I’ve probably taken more drugs than everyone in this room can collectively carry.” (John McAfee, creator of McAfee Anti-Virus, speaking at the inaugural September C2SV conference in San Jose.)

“We knew that LA was interesting because you had lots of people with smartphones and terrible traffic.” (Di-Ann Eisnor of Waze recalling the early days of her crowdsourced traffic data company at the DEMO Fall conference in October. Her company was acquired by Google earlier this year for $1.2 billion.)

“No pressure. Just hit a home run on your first swing.” (Franz von Holzhausen. Chief Designer for Tesla, speaking at the Gigaom conference in November, recalling the orders from his boss when he was designing the first Tesla car.)

“So, did you always know you were going to be one of the most successful women in the world?” (Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s first question for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at Dreamforce in November.)

“The website hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work.” (President Obama speaking about on October 21st.)

“My home should know that I’m home…so let me in.” (Trae Vassallo of Kleiner Perkins speaking about the need for more connected devices at the Glazed conference in September.)

“Just because it can be connected doesn’t mean it should.” (NEST founder Tony Fadell at Gigaom in November.)

“Bitcoin will either be worth nothing or it will be worth a whole lot.” (Adam Levine, a bitcoin analyst, at C2SV in September. At one point this year, the price of one bitcoin was valued at over $1,000.)

“The one thing we can’t do is change the law of physics. But Google is probably working on that too.” (Fared Adib of Sprint talking about cell network spectrum limitations at CES in January.)

“I promise to tell you the truth.” (General Keith Alexander, NSA Director, speaking at the Black Hat Conference in July.)

Here’s to more truth in 2014…..Happy New Year!


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