Yesterday Steve Jobs announced he was leaving to put more attention on his health. Although it went out as a Apple press release, it was a Steve Jobs announcement and not Apple’s as exemplified by the direct copy of his email to his staff. Apple is all about people. Apple has the best minds in the world all tied together by Steve’s no bullshit and no room for individual ego altered states that all top companies fall victim to.
Why does this cause Apple to loose 8% share value in German trading? (US market was closed)
It is not the innovation and invention that takes a loss at Apple without Steve, it is the inherit danger of standup play by a few execs that can kill a product or company, thus loosing valuable talent and potential invention. Apple has gone beyond that : creating a gap so wide that no company can match :
- liquid metal and aluminum machining
- 1 OS for all devices and the world
- iTunes, App store eco system
- 1st rights to precious latest technology other’s can’t have
- Apple Cult
- State of the art production, logistics and sales infrastructure
- Years of service without blur by Tim Cook, Phil Schiller and team
I recently visited an Apple fellow who told me that Jobs’s had said “If people like Ruby (Jon Rubinstein) were there, hell can break loose. Tim and Phil can definitely run the company for well over the next 5 years and more.” Jon was the reason for Elevation partners investment in Palm, and now sales of Palm to HP. Now there is talk he may be the next president of HP, benefiting him and the investors millions with no real gain to HP as they choose to shelve the Palm OS in favor of the Android OS.
That sort of thing would never have happened at Apple even during the difficult days.
Apple even without Steve’s navigation has a lot to offer. They have built such a firm lead and stable ground. It would not be possible for Google nor Microsoft to catch up with Apple in the foreseeable future in terms of mobile device and eco system adoption. Android OS obviously has potential, but many barriers such as security of OS and multiple device manufacturer will be cause a bottleneck in flawless operation of device compared to a 1 device 1 OS company. Free OS cannot survive in a personal device made by 100 manufacturers, Free OS can only survive in places such as server and embedded machine which does not get customized every second. Free OS is good for repetitive chores, not for app and device layer software changing every second.
Apple has so much to offer and has the talent event without Steve Jobs to make it work. Although it was only a year, I worked for Tim Cook and know for a fact he saved the company, he drove the sales. Steve had the product vision and human resource vision. Now all they need is young genius engineers and HR to step up to the challenge, and they should know how to manage it after 10 years of internal education.
I wish the best to Steve and my prayers are with him, but with or without Steve Jobs, Apple will continue to excel in everything they do. Only ego of future helm can ruin the company. Tim and Phil are very very ordinary hardworking good people.