In all of the early remembrances of Steve Jobs that I’ve read last night and this morning, Walt Mossberg’s piece is probably the best, deepest and most insightful. I’d recommend you pop over to read it to get a true appreciation of Jobs. While I, personally, take issue at times with Apple’s practices and Jobs would have likely agreed that those practices originate or end at his desk, I do hold Steve Jobs in high regard. Mostly for the attributes that Walt Mossberg illuminates in his article:
He did what a CEO should: Hired and inspired great people; managed for the long term, not the quarter or the short-term stock price; made big bets and took big risks. He insisted on the highest product quality and on building things to delight and empower actual users, not intermediaries like corporate IT directors or wireless carriers. And he could sell. Man, he could sell.
I truly hope that Apple and the companies inspired by Apple continue to innovate – that is, conceptualize, design and bring to market revolutionary and market-changing products – even with the loss of such an iconic industry leader.
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