Many people will see Steve Jobs in his more recent successes in Pixar, iMac, iPod, iPad, and the iPhone. With the original Napster and other peer-to-peer music sharing, Apple dared and even became successful in selling music which people thought impossible. These successes (and I am sure there are dozens of others) encapsulates Steve Jobs. He and his company, Apple, is adored around the world. With his passing today, the world is saddened. For me, Steve Jobs embodies perseverance. For being ousted from Apple in the 80s. For struggling to make Pixar work as a graphics hardware company. For unable to get Next Computer to wide adoption. For the failed Newton. With every struggle, he persevered and triumphed. He guided Pixar into a premier computer animation studio. The Next Computer became the foundation for the OS X. The Newton would be scrapped to be replaced by the iPods/iPads. He came back and took a struggling Apple and made it one of the most successful companies on this planet. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.
Charles Liu says
All those iPod, iPhone, iPad made in China probably had an impact on those worker’s lives.
His passing is front page news in China, and I am sure around the world.
Here is a Chinese report on Tudou.com:
Is SJ a product of the education system of last generation that encourages folks to think outside the box, to be innovative… We need one or two geniuses out of a million for these innovative products/inventions.
Hope China will have more of these geniuses and move up to higher value products and assemble our own versions of iPod, iPhone…that are invented in China.
When Apple showed off its iphone 4s, I think that it is the beginning of the end of Apple’s dominance. Iphone 4s is a great phone, no doubt, but Android phone has already been eclipsing Iphones already. Samsung Galaxy s II phones beats iphone 4s’ hardware in terms of looks and screen size. Other phones offer including the Galaxy S II already offer higher LTE speed. Don’t forget that Apple thinks that its users don’t want to change their batteries nor do they want put microsd cards in their phones.
Sure that ipod touch is considered a high end music player, but I think within the next year or so, we will see $100 android music player. Ipads would probably be popular in the next year or two, but Android OS will release updates OS and Android Tablets will eventually eclipse ipads. I also didn’t mention that Microsoft will spend billions on developing windows 8 for tablets and phones and if they do it right, they can be a major competition towards towards apple and android.
Although Apple had a couple of successful products over the past few years, they suffer one major flaw, they make relatively costly high end close system products. They did it 25+ years ago when they made the Macintosh when the cheaper PC’s and commodore 64 beat them. Android OS phones is already outselling iphones and it is going to continue.
It’s true – Android based tablets will give Apple strong competition. Steve Jobs & company raised the bar and these products/services are to beat for the rest of the industry.
I share your sentiment. As long as China has capital and people not tied to farming, we are guaranteed to see a share of geniuses there. It’s only time.
China Daily reports, “The world mourns Steve Jobs”
Another China Daily report, “Apple fans bid final farewell”
With tributes also from Chinese industry leaders.
I don’t want to be nitpicky here but Steve Jobs didn’t even finish college. The education system of the US didn’t have much to do with this, but the financial and social systems of the time might have helped, like bankrupcy laws that make it easier to start over again, and access to risk capitalists. There are a lot of European debates as to why Silicon Valley is so successful and it focuses a lot on the financial laws.
As yinyang said, it’s only a matter of time before you have the same thing in China.
Great post, btw! I really liked it and I share its sentiments. Believe in yourself, don’t fear failure and there’s nothing you can’t do.
Hi all, it has been a good discussion. It could be due to the topic is not controversial.
SJ did not graduate from college, so was Bill Gates. It could be a waste of time for geniuses to go to traditional colleges. Education starts in the family and carries to high school. Well, the 3 pillars of success to me are: genes, hard working and some luck/opportunities. SJ and BG have all 3.
The environment provides important hands to nurture creativity for innovation and enterprise. Protecting intelligent properties is the key too, otherwise we just copy others’ ideas if there is no law enforcement.
China lacks such environment now but it is changing as the country develops further. China has schools for geniuses (not as established as in US) and I hope children are admitted due to their IQs instead of the wealth/power of the parents.
SJ demonstrates we can get up from failure and it could be the best opportunity in life.
China has not developed farming enough compared to manufacturing. Farming is important even it does not reap a lot of foreign profits.
I do believe the Apple will face a lot of competitions from Android devices. However, they’re now the top horse and marketing (esp. the image) is important key to capture/maintain the market share.
It’s not really about college (although that helps), but more about risk taking and opportunities. Most Chinese and other Asians will balk at the idea of their kid dropping out and trying to start an enterprise that may or may not be successful. We are conditioned to major in an employable field and aim for a stable, salary job as a worker, not an innovator. A good path to a comfortable, upper-middle class life to be sure, but not the kind that produces breakthroughs. My parents understand this, but they still insist on the traditional path.
As for Apple, I can’t say their products are as innovative as people think. They’re just the first to make things mainstream, that’s where the big money is. Their proprietary formats are just annoying. The man knew how to forge a brand and attract followers though, no doubt about that.
Xian, well said.
I posted something as follows. We need about less than 1% geniuses for innovations to create jobs, about 30% (rough, rough estimate) professionals (accountants, engineers…), and about 60% for farmers and factor workers for a balanced society. It is safe to be professionals. When you’re parents (assuming you’re not now), you will do the same I bet.
I hope China will help these geniuses by providing this kind of environment, safety net for failure and venture capital for taking a chance.
I do not think Apple is that innovative. There were companies that made devices like iPod before iPod – a Singapore company no one remembers its name now.
However, innovation is only part of the equation to market any product successfully and make them built cheaply. Timing would help too. Microsoft had a tablet before. Apple has the right timing, the right components from different companies who are truly innovative… Creating a portable hard disk is innovative, but integrating these components into a usable, low-cost consumer device is genius.
Xerox PARC is the inventor of Window. The management thought it was nice but not marketable. It did not take long for SJ to notice the gold mine and he explored it by implementing it in his new PC. In this case he is the genius with vision but not the innovator. BG followed it later and he was at best the second genius on this technology break through, but BG profited the most.
Agreed. I know my parents want the best for me, but if everyone thought that way… who will take the risks? I hope to be my own boss someday and satisfy both worlds, but that won’t be for years to come…
Here is a good article attributing 25 inspiring quotes to Jobs.