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September 30, 1996

From: Interview by Robers Lee Hotz, Los Angeles Times

What is more important to you—the technical elegance of the Mathematica program or the financial rewards it brings?

In the world of high-tech industry, the money becomes the main point for a lot of people. Take your company, puff it up a bit, take it public, cash out, retire. And then what? I have kept my company private and intend to continue doing that because what I am really interested in is the long-term intellectual achievement that our product represents.

The Mathematica system and the language it embodies will be around as long as I am. I think it will be a continuing fixture in the intellectual landscape. That is important to me.

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