That’s why I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete. I think that’s one of Apple’s challenges, really. When two young people walk in with the next thing, are we going to embrace it and say this is fantastic? Are you going to be willing to drop our models, or are we going to explain it away? I think we’ll do better, because we’re completely aware of it and we make it a priority.
Steve Jobs, in an interview with Playboy in February of 1985 (as recalled by The Next Web).
I love this quote in the context of the recent changes atop Microsoft. Steve Ballmer spent too much energy guarding old models, and too little embracing news ones while explaining them away.
Steve Jobs, by the way, was just 30 years old when he said this. He was still one of the “young people”.
A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
I think he’s done so with a deft hand, a strong sense of himself. With that comes a real self-honesty that he is who he is, and not what the world expects him to be, or what Steve was. And I like that.
Bob Iger on Tim Cook, after noting he had been given “a very, very difficult role given the person that he’s succeeded and the company he’s running.”
Iger, who is on Apple’s Board, was also once a “number two” who ascended to the top position at Disney.
Yep. Crazy that the praise started that early — if only they knew what was to come…
Nike sells a commodity, they sell shoes. And yet when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don’t ever talk about the product, they don’t ever talk about their air soles, how they’re better than Reebok’s air soles. What’s Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes and they honor great athletics. That’s who they are. That is what they are about.