Lessons of Steve Jobs


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This speech explains what I learned from Steve Jobs. I gave it on 10/1/13 at the Cassidy Turley management meeting.

  • Kindly please clarify slide 21, mainly focused on slide 20 vs 21.
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  • It about imagining the impossible, then implementing it. A lot of people have great ideas, but implementing them is the greatest of skills.
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  • inspiring
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  • All these efforts to make this greedy megalomaniac a martyr are nothing short of disgusting. But then, you're not interested in his ruthlessness or lack of regard for users, you worship his seemingly endless reserve of unexceptional business advice. You value his ability to make money at the expense of your digital freedom, that's genius is it?

    1. Experts do not claim to predict the future, and you take quotes from around WWII and place them in todays context and try to make them sound foolhardy. What was jobs doing in 1943?
    2. It's not the job of the customer to tell you what to invent, it never has been. To force your view on customers like jobs did resulted in no multitasking on iPhones. Clever or restrictive?
    3. Design does count. It's a shame his company ties it so vehemently to profit.
    4. Integration like this could be the beginning of advertising mayhem, how would you like advertisements 'integrated' into your glasses, your windscreen, your children's clothes? In the land of the blind, the one-eyed-man is king.
    5. You needed jobs to tell you that, huh?
    6. IBM implemented a system that was superior to Apple's, it was the IBM-compatible era. You remember it but you conveniently forgot it to make your point. IBM made computers accessible to everyone. They are the true heroes in this, unsung as usual. If apple had succeeded back then, computers would cost $5000 today.
    7. Useless and dry fluff, what jobs did best: distract people like you
    8. The open architecture all windows computers offered is what lead to healthy competition among hardware vendors that drove the price of computing to what we know now. You pretend you're happy with paying premium, but you probably pirate software and entertainment. When Apple controls that too, then you'll probably drop that birdsong. DRM, read about it.
    9. jobs DID hire good people, he knew next to nothing himself except how to spin the facts. WOZNIAK was the only genius steve at Apple. But if you knew anything about geniuses than your presentation would have been about him in the first place.
    10. Common sense.
    11. You want unique? you sit in your ivory tower and sing the praise of ever-more-premium consumer goods that 'just-work', leaving the rest of the entire world (much of it developing) who need computing to become something affordable and ubiquitous. You don't care for the future technological landscape, you just care about your bragging rights for buying the latest iPhone. Does it make you feel unique? I hope it tucks you in at night while it controls what you buy, what you share, what you listen to. People behaving like sheep like never before in history, that's what's truly unique here.

    You're right, if I hadn't seen your blind faith in an evil capitalist pig that has damaged the equality of computing for my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it. Or your black-turtle-neck avatar for that matter, you honestly don't think much for yourself do you?

    I don't expect you to take the criticism well, most apple-fans aren't open to discussion, only to marketing.
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  • interesting, informative and inspiring.
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