Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs Resigns

Steve Jobs Through the Years 8/24/2011 7:54:17 PM

Steve Jobs has spent his career challenging conventions about personal computing. He's transformed an industry and changed the way we think about technology. A look back at the accomplishments of an American business icon.

Mossberg: Steve Jobs, a Historical Figure 8/24/2011 8:02:51 PM

Steve Jobs is "one of the two or three leading historical figures of the tech revolution," says WSJ personal technology columnist Walt Mossberg.

Julia Angwin on Steve Jobs's Charisma 8/24/2011 8:24:12 PM

Senior technology editor Julia Angwin discusses Steve Jobs's charisma and the intimidation factor when interviewing the Apple CEO. (Photo: AP Photo.)


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Anonymous said...

Steve Jobs had a number of notable failures in his career before his remarkable string of "i____" successes recently.

Does anyone remember the "Lisa"? To mention this is not to denigrate Mr. Jobs, but to point out the importance of failure and striving in a society that often seems to relish bureaucratic mediocrity. I've heard young people say, "I'd like to work at a non profit once I graduate."

I'm looking for the new generation of Steve Jobs. America's future depends upon these new entrepreneurs. In the age of obama, these folks may also qualify as an endangered species

Dr. Malcolm C. Harris, Sr. said...


Most importantly, he learned from mistakes.

One such failure was the Apple III. It was a great computer for its time. I still consider its keyboard my favorite of all time. Yet the machines did not arrive at the retailers ready to run. The odd retailer that double checked everything before selling it had happy customers who loved the machine. The rest had returns. A company of instant millionaires wasn't fussy about its production with disastrous marketplace results. Apple learned from its failure that it had to become a top quality manufacturer.

I remember the Lisa well. The Lisa was the most powerful desktop computer of its time, but IBM had already called on its corporate clout to dominate that market. The IBM PC was the safe bureaucratic choice. Steve Jobs was pulled off the Lisa project and joined the Macintosh project instead. The Lisa and then the Mac commercialized the mouse and windows interface that are today so synonymous with computing. I think Apple learned to know its market segments and not introduce something until the time is ripe.

The Economist quotes Forrester's Charles Golvin "that one of Mr Jobs’s greatest skills has been to decide which projects the firm should not undertake." Jobs rejected calls for Apple to produce a tablet computer a decade ago and focused Apple on creating the iPhone. The iPhone made the time ripe for the iPad which has vitalized the tablet market.

You are quite right, we need a generation of entrepreneurs. They are always there able to make the capitalism grow. Like yeast in wort, without the right conditions however they will die and the brew will lie inert.

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