Best wishes, Steve Jobs, and thank you

Best wishes, Steve Jobs, and thank you

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Apple.

This is presumably due to his health issues.

I wish him the best in facing those challenges.

While Steve Jobs and I haven’t always agreed, he has changed the world in a good way. I think the best analogy is Henry Ford. Getting the mainstream to accept a technology is a real accomplishment.

Steve Jobs (and Apple) weren’t always the first to invent something (although Jobs has a large number of patents)…but Apple made regular people love it.

That goes for the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad.

Something left off in much of the news coverage was Jobs and Pixar. I see a real parallel between Pixar and the iDevices. People perceive both as being of superior quality, and love them.

It’s also important to note that this isn’t a good-bye…Jobs is going to continue to work with Apple, just not in the same kind of intense role of overseeing everything.

I sincerely wish him the best going forward…our world wouldn’t have been the same without him.

What does this mean for e-books?

Not that much, initially. While tech companies can’t rigidly plan too far into the future, Apple probably has a few years in the pipeline. Apple will have attracted top tier people (even though it may be a challenging place to work).

I want the iPad to continue to innovate…I like there to be competition for my device of choice…it drives them to do more.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


One Response to “Best wishes, Steve Jobs, and thank you”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    I think your mention of Pixar is quite pertinent. No other Hollywood studio has ever had the chain of blockbuster after blockbuster releases that Pixar has had. He bought it from Lucas for $10MM and sold it to Disney for $7BN — not too shabby!

    Apple was at death’s door when Steve returned — it took an intervention from arch competitor Bill Gates to keep them afloat.

    Paul Thurott yesterday opined that history will remember Steve in much the same way that Edison and Einstein are remembered.

    I too have not been a particularly great Apple fan, but there is no question that they have transformed a whole host of landscapes over the years (not just one landscape for them :-))

    There is nothing quite so entertaining as a Steve Jobs orchestrated product announcement — the showmanship was superb!

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