Quote of the week: Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, interviewed by Walt Mossberg, at the D Conference, May 31 2007:

Ballmer: “Don’t think the early days of Microsoft, when I joined, were so great. We didn’t have great agility.”

Mossberg: “What, it was small but ossified?”

Ballmer: “The people we had weren’t as good — they just weren’t pushing as much.”

Mossberg: “Like Paul Allen?”

Ballmer: “Paul was good. Bill was good. Four out of 30 were good — and believe me, the rest are gone.”