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“You can’t be serious! We’ve just spent 10 million [dollars] educating you.”

IBM founder, Tom Watson, Sr., in response to a junior IBM executive when he concluded “I guess you want my resignation, Mr. Watson”, after his involvement in a risky venture that lost more than ten million dollars for the company.

Source: S Thomke, Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New Technologies for Innovation, Harvard Business Press, 2003, p.214.