Steve Jobs – Lessons Learned from André Faria Gomes

by André Faria Gomes on Nov 08, 2012
Lessons Learned with Steve Jobs

Category: Technology, Think Tank

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4 Responses to “Lessons Learned with Steve Jobs”

  1. Clif Brown says:

    I just read a biography of Thomas Edison, the inventor of all time and I’m amazed at how he was almost the exact opposite of Jobs – didn’t give a damn about the customer, he alone decided what to pursue, once he had invented something he lost interest in it (no follow-up) and most incredible, he thought his own ideas about an invention were all that was important, no input was desired from others.

    The take-away? The 19th and the 20/21st century are two entirely different environments for developers, but the fascination of the public with gadgets remains the same.

  2. econimonium says:

    That’s because Edison was a genius. Same with Einstein, Tesla, Oppenheimer, Fermi, and many others. Jobs was a selfish, megalomaniac, micro-managing pr1ck whose talent was to see something that someone else did and make it extraordinarily marketable. Is there “genius” in an iPad? How about an iPhone? How about a Mac? Where did the underlying technology come from, Jobs? Not on any of them, most of the underlying technology came from the guys at Xerox, in fact, and the OS is just a layer over BSD. Last I checked, Apple had nothing to do with the tech behind a mobile phone either. Where’s the “genius” in that? Did any of them change the world, or was the world already changing and this was just savvy marketing? You think an iPad is making the world smarter, or just appealing to the lowest common denominator? Think about that the next time you use one, and then try to put together a 20 frame slideshow for an investor pitch on one. Then when you reach for your laptop to do it, ask yourself which one really changed the world.

    The PC and the drive to ever more powerful components changed the world forever. The iPad’s gift to humanity is making the TV something you can carry while travelling or to play silly games on, and 98% of “apps” are just really dumbed-down pieces of software. The iPhone was never “revolutionary” at all, just a UI that’s time had come. As you look toward the future of Apple look to its past. It is not an inventor, just a marketing machine. If Apple had IBM’s DNA for invention, I might take them more seriously for the long haul.

  3. Sigi says:

    Well put, econimonium. One might add that Steve Jobs was horribly successful in sucking the freedom out of computing. Open innovation? Wuz dat?

    But Edison was not a genius, either. He marketed other people’s hard work just like Jobs did. Cf. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla

  4. shel says:

    Steve Jobs genius was in marketing. He intuitively understood what consumers would like and demanded perfection in accomplishing that goal. He took ideas germinated by others and made them great. I grant you he was not a nice person, but don’t use that as an excuse to tarnish his legacy. If you don’t like the iPhone or iPod or Mac Book don’t use them.