Adam Osborne

  • Author
  • Born March 6, 1939
  • Died March 18, 2003

Adam Osborne (March 6, 1939 – March 18, 2003) was a Thailand-born British-American author, book and software publisher, and computer designer who founded several companies in the United States and elsewhere. He introduced the Osborne 1, the first commercially successful portable computer.

I liken myself to Henry Ford and the auto industry, I give you 90 percent of what most people need.

Money coming in says I've made the right marketing decisions.

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - you can't learn anything from being perfect.

People think computers will keep them from making mistakes. They're wrong. With computers you make mistakes faster.

Venture capitalists are like lemmings jumping on the software bandwagon.

The future lies in designing and selling computers that people don't realize are computers at all.

There'll be a special place in hell for the tape back-up people.

I take what I see work. I'm a strict believer in the scientific principle of believing nothing, only taking the best evidence available at the present time, interpreting it as best you can, and leaving your mind open to the fact that new evidence will appear tomorrow.

The guy who knows about computers is the last person you want to have creating documentation for people who don't understand computers.

The small businessman is smart; he realizes there's no free lunch. On the other hand, he knows where to go to get a good inexpensive sandwich.

With bundled machines you can throw away the hardware and keep the software, and it's still a good buy.

This is the ultimate con game - I'm having fun and people pay me to do it.

We can learn from IBM's successful history that you don't have to have the best product to become number one. You don't even have to have a good product.

Adequacy is sufficient.