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A Look Back At the Career of Steve Jobs 324

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from the remember-when-he-wasn't-evil dept.
Zothecula writes with a rather extensive piece in Gizmag about Steve Jobs's various business endeavors. From the article: "Revered by many, hated by some, but respected by most, the indisputable fact remains that Steve Jobs is the most successful business leader of his generation and quite possibly of all time. The numbers are impressive in themselves but the most remarkable aspect of his success is how it was achieved. Though he remains at Apple, the end of his tenure as CEO is the end of an era and an opportunity to try and grasp just exactly what it is he did and what lessons there are for all of us 'trying to make a dent in the universe.'"
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A Look Back At the Career of Steve Jobs

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Bill Gates, was never fired, Microsoft has better market, more value and far more in people's lives. Now that Bill doesn't direct MS we all known what happened. I like Jobs but the phrase "the most successful business leader of his generation and quite possibly of all time." is a fallacy. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford come first easily.

    • I like Jobs but the phrase "the most successful business leader of his generation and quite possibly of all time." is a fallacy.

      Agreed. For one, there are 42 people in the United States alone worth more than he is. The statement about Jobs is obviously from a fanboy, due to the fact it was claimed as an "indisputable fact". I didn't see a comparison with Carlos Slim, or Sam Walton, or Larry Ellison, or even Bill Gates for that matter. Just a claimed "indisputable fact".

      • by Karlt1 (231423) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @06:11PM (#37258846)

        Agreed. For one, there are 42 people in the United States alone worth more than he is. The statement about Jobs is obviously from a fanboy, due to the fact it was claimed as an "indisputable fact". I didn't see a comparison with Carlos Slim, or Sam Walton, or Larry Ellison, or even Bill Gates for that matter. Just a claimed "indisputable fact".

        A business leader should be judged by how well he led his business (shocking I know). What other CEO brought a company from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most valuable company in the world (based on market cap)?

        • Also one could argue that before the sale to Disney, Pixar was the undisputed leader of CGI film animation.
        • What other CEO brought a company from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most valuable company in the world (based on market cap)?

          That's just the thing - I have no clue, because I'm a programmer, not a business student. I don't know what Carlos Slim started with. I don't know what Sam Walton started with. I don't know what Ellison started with. And I also don't think the author of the article knows any of that either, he's just presenting his opinion as an "indisputable fact". I do know that Gates started with very little and built Microsoft up through a series of very good business deals (with IBM and others).

          Jobs is no doubt a

          • by Karlt1 (231423)

            And I also don't think the author of the article knows any of that either, he's just presenting his opinion as an "indisputable fact".

            If the purpose of a publicly traded corporation is to "increase shareholder value", that can be easily measured objectively by looking at stock prices and market cap (the total value of all outstanding shares). So, the CEO who has generated the most shareholder value would be the most successful.

            Now whether that is SJ in the last 30 years (a generation), I don't know. But I

            • by brusk (135896)

              So, the CEO who has generated the most shareholder value would be the most successful.

              But how do you measure whether the CEO is responsible for that? The company could just get lucky (e.g., a mining company that happened to have a rich find), and prosper despite mediocre management.

          • by mikael (484)

            From "The Micro Revolution Revisited" (1984), p103

            Steve Jobs was twenty one when he formed Apple with his fellow inventor Stephen Wozniak who was twenty-six. They sold a Volkswagen minibus and a programmable calculator to raise $1,300 dollars. They built their first computer in the Jobs garage in Cupertino. Six months was spent designing the prototype, which was sold to a computer store. The store promptly ordered fifty."

            From the Wikipedia entry, it was the strategic decision of Apple to "create a portfolio [wikipedia.org]

          • I do know that Gates started with very little...

            Wait, what? [wikipedia.org]

            His family was upper middle class; his father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way, and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president

    • by Locutus (9039)
      there was this little company called IBM which gave Microsoft their position and brand recognition and when the impossible happened( as far as IBM was concerned ) and the IBM PC BIOS was cloned and IBM PC clones hit the market, Microsoft's position with IBM made Microsoft the obvious OS choice for the clones. So Microsoft never had to build their brand and never had to build their market or market position. How they used their position to shut down both ISVs and OS competitors using their position in the ma
  • by Animats (122034) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @05:32PM (#37258396) Homepage

    The Life and Career of Steve Jobs [youtube.com], from Next Media Animation in Tapei. Enjoy.

  • Vision (Score:5, Interesting)

    by macwhizkid (864124) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @05:33PM (#37258416)

    Regardless of what you think of Mr. Jobs' company's products, you must admit the man had an almost unparalleled vision for the future.

    In a hyper-connected world of ethics-free corporate drones apathetic about anything past this quarter's profits and stock price, Jobs stood apart by having a 5, 10, perhaps even 20 year plan for Apple that he ruthlessly pursued at the expense of anything standing in the way (be it under-performing employees or products). As a commenter last week put it, he set out to make a dent in the universe, and actually did it.

    Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Jobs, you've bloody well earned it.

    • Re:Vision (Score:4, Funny)

      by lennier (44736) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @07:39PM (#37259678) Homepage

      As a commenter last week put it, he set out to make a dent in the universe, and actually did it.

      And now we have to pay the LHC folks to get the universe repaired. Seriously, Steve, you couldn't even back it out of the local manifold coordinate chart without scraping the Magellenic Cloud on a superstring?

  • by NeverVotedBush (1041088) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @05:33PM (#37258424)
    He did what he wanted and he had good ideas. He didn't compromise. He was kind of a dick at times but he was generally right and he knew it, and stuck to his ideals.

    He had the luxury of being in a position to do that. It was only when he lost that ability that he got fired. He left. Apple sank. When he went back it was on his terms.

    I think he was in the right place at the right time with some damn good ideas about how to build computers and products. But without the initial products to launch everything, courtesy of Steve Wozniak, Jobs would have been all dressed up with nowhere to go without getting even luckier.
  • by Dutchmaan (442553) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @05:34PM (#37258426) Homepage
    All the articles I've read have an *obituary* feel to them. It's like he's already dead except his body hasn't read the news yet.
  • Come back with assertions like that when they are published in Fortune, Forbes, or the Wall Street Journal.

    Some blog called Gizmag? Why do I scent a whift of fanboy spirit?

  • "most successful business leader of all time"? More successful than Rockefeller, who controlled a key commodity (oil) and who was worth over $600 billion in today's money? More successful than Gates whose company, no matter how unfashionable, still has an absolute hammerlock on computer desktop operating systems?

    Jobs is a great business leader, but give me a break. He gets this fame because he knew how to give presentations in black turtlenecks. All these "Jobs came down from Mount Olympus to bless us with

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