Michael Dell, founder and chairman of Dell Computer, used his keynote speech at Internet World to promote Dell and its Web site.
In an address that lasted less than half of his allotted 45 minutes, he simply proved a point to attendees - puzzlingly, he used figures to prove to Internet evangelists attending an Internet show the obvious fact that the Internet is not a niche or a fad.
Dell, who is usually entertaining and articulate when appearing in public, also said his company now sells $3 million of product per day on the Internet and its Internet-based business outside the US has risen from zero to 17 per cent in just six months.
He proved that the Internet is more than just a medium for marketing and simple transactions and stated that the Internet does not level the playing field for businesses.
"It gives speed and efficiency for all but the competitive advantage is for customers with direct links to suppliers and customers," Dell said.
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