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Get me FDA approval on concrete in a capsule and I can sell it! Pharmaceutical Industry Sales Representative (2006). Personal Communication

If I only have one or two investments the researchers can blow smoke in my eyes. I have no way of really knowing as an outsider whether or not the technology merits further infusions of cash. On the other hand, if I have a half-dozen or more similar investments it becomes very easy for me to see who's blowing smoke and who's really smokin' Pharmaceutical Industry Venture Capitalist (2007). Personal Communication

Exploratory Data Analysis lets the data speak to you without the interference of models. John Tukey

Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like, is to think the underdog still has a chance. George Steinbrenner

Don’t trust the Federal Reserve? Then consider mobile money. As much as 40% of all economic transactions in some African countries are now being conducted using a cell phone, bypassing the corrupt Federal Reserve banks of those countries. Want to buy that head of cattle? Give me your cell phone number. Okay, confirmed. It's yours. Illustrative Quote (2010). Based on insights shared by a management consulting colleague working in 'Mobile Money'

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations we can perform without thinking.  Whitehead, Alfred North (1911). Introduction to Mathematics

Here are my annual goals. This book lists all the projects we're working on in R&D. Each one has the name of the Vice President in charge. There are hundreds of projects. I have a personal goal to ensure each project moves from its opening position to the next milestone. I have three criteria: met goal, exceeded goal, or missed goal. If a project ends up two years in a row in the missed goal category I fire the Vice President in charge, but only after he or she has fired all the members of the team. Head of R&D for Major Pharmaceutical Company (2000). Personal Communication

But these small research firms specialize in the development of prototypes! They don’t have the commercial experience needed to run commercialization+. We need them to focus on what they do best. Illustrative Pharmaceutical Industry Quote

Before, I knew everyone by name. We were a close-knit team and everyone knew what everyone else was up to. Now I spend all my time managing stakeholders. DIA Pharmaceutical Industry Survey+ Participant

All scientific work is incomplete – whether it be observational or experimental. All scientific work is liable to be upset or modified by advancing knowledge. That does not confer upon us a freedom to ignore the knowledge we already have, or to postpone the action that it appears to demand at a given time. Hill, Austin Bradford (1965). The Environment and Disease: Association or Causation? p. 300