36 Mind Blowing Chris Anderson Quotes

Chris Anderson is the founder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company and also the author New York Times bestseller, ‘The Long Tail.’ Named by Time as one of the 100 most influential men and women in the world, Anderson has quite a long list of achievements during his lifetime. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Chris Anderson quotes to remember.

“A best-seller and a neverseller are just two entries in a database; equal in the eyes of technology and the economics of storage.”

“A physical store cannot be reconfigured on the fly to cater to each customer based on his or her particular interests.”

“Almost anything is worth offering on the off chance it will find a buyer.”

“Along with the fragmentation of markets is coming the fragmentation of marketing.”

“And it’s interesting, when you look at the predictions made during the peak of the boom in the 1990s, about e-commerce, or internet traffic, or broadband adoption, or internet advertising, they were all right – they were just wrong in time.”

“And this is one way to do technology forecasting; get a sense of where technology is, and then anticipate the next upturn.”


“And what’s interesting about the hybrids taking off is you’ve now introduced electric motors to the automobile industry. It’s the first radical change in automobile technology in 100 years.”

“Because of margins, you can lose infinitely greater amounts of money than what you have. You’re trading into thin air.”

“Bluff is a nice word for lying. The cards are going to even out in the end. In poker, the one who lies the best wins.”

“But our tendency to give scarcity more attention than abundance has caused us to ignore the many examples of abundance that have arisen in our own lifetime, like corn, for starters. The problem is that once something becomes abundant, we tend to ignore it.”

“Diamonds can be found anywhere.”

“Every time a new technology enables more choice, whether it’s the VCR or the Internet, consumers clamor for it. Choice is simply what we want and, apparently, what we’ve always wanted.”

“Everybody says they want to hear from consumers. Well, be careful what you ask for: Now they won’t shut up.”

“For a generation of customers used to doing their buying research via search engine, a company’s brand is not what the company says it is, but what Google says it is.”

“Free is really, you know, the gift of Silicon Valley to the world. It’s an economic force, it’s a technical force. It’s a deflationary force, if not handled right. It is abundance, as opposed to scarcity.”

“Google is in a sense serving as a time machine, and we’re just now being able to measure the effect this has on publishing, advertising, and attention.”

“Google is not a media company by any traditional definition of the word, but it makes its billions from the media business model.”

“He molded a lot of young kids. He was a tough, fair and likable guy as a coach.”

“In a world of infinite choice, context—not content—is king.”

“In short, we’re seeing a shift from mass culture to massively parallel culture.”

“In the world of information science, the tricky question of where to put things is known as the “ontology problem.”

“It was losing everything, but the financial loss was least significant. I was walking in circles in a psychiatric hospital in a depression.”

“Netflix changed the economics of offering niches and, in doing so, reshaped our understanding about what people actually want to watch.”

“Of course you think about it. But our sport has a good safety record and I know she’s safe out there safer than in most other sports.”

“The first stage in a technology’s advance is that it’ll fall below a critical price. After it falls below a critical price, it will tend, if it’s successful, to rise above a critical mass, a penetration.”

“The focus is the music, but we’re trying to make it as much of a show was we can, with the lights and the clothing and the music. It’s a party.”

“The natural model for music and anything else where the marginal costs of manufacturing and distribution are close to zero is variable pricing.”

“The overwhelming trend of our age is to take products that were once delivered as physical goods, find ways to turn them into data, and stream them into your home.”

“Then television took over, birthing the ultimate in lockstep culture.”

“They keep picking and picking to make it too uncomfortable to stay.”

“We’ve grown a lot quicker than we expected. We’re elated about that, but we have work to do.”

“When the tools of production are available to everyone, everyone becomes a producer.”

“When you can dramatically lower the costs of connecting supply and demand, it changes not just the numbers, but the entire nature of the market.”

“When you think about it, the hyperlink is the ultimate act of generosity online. When somebody links to another site, what they’re doing is telling their readers to go elsewhere.”

“With the evolution of online retail, however, has come the revelation that being able to recategorize and rearrange products on the fly unlocks their real value.”

“Yet abundance is the driving force in all economic growth and change.”

Chris Anderson is known for his appearance at TEDxBerkeley whereas he discussed his success with Wired.

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