What Guy Kawasaki Learned from Steve Jobs.
1. Experts can be clueless.
2. Customers cannot tell you what they need.
3. Jump to the next curve.
4. The biggest challenges beget best work.
5. Design counts.
6. You can’t go wrong with big graphics and big fonts.
7. Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence.
8. “Value” is different from “price.”
9. A players hire A+ players.
10. Real CEOs demo.
11. Real CEOs ship.
12. Marketing boils down to providing unique value.
Bonus: Some things need to be believed to be seen.
Steve Jobs on Bill Gates:
“Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology,” Jobs said. Isaacson called this comment unfair. “He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” Jobs said.
Jobs also said, “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste.
“I don’t mean that in a small way. I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product.”
Steve Jobs told President Barack Obama he was “headed for a one-term presidency,” citing the U.S.’s competitive disadvantages with China and a “crippled” education system, a new biography of the former Apple CEO indicates.
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” Jobs told Obama in a meeting last year where he asserted that the White House needed to be more friendly toward business, according to the Huffington Post, which obtained a copy of Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming book, “Steve Jobs.”
Jobs also told Obama that “regulations and unnecessary costs” put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with China, where companies can build factories more cheaply.
“3 Apples changed the World, 1st one seduced Eve, 2nd fell on Newton and the 3rd was offered to the World half bitten by Steve Jobs.” -A tweet from an unnamed source quoted on Al-Jazeera.
“Twitter briefly buckled under the mass of Jobs-related messages, a veritable technology 21-gun salute.” From the NYT write-up today.
Lastly, the FT has a collection of tributes from those in the industry plus a few political leaders, including one quite disturbing tweet from Steve Wozniak: “Keeping family dinner despite the disturbing news. (@ Outback Steakhouse)” The FT writes, “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak‘s tweet may jar next to these tributes, but reflect his usual outlook on life.” I don’t know him, but that seems a bit callous.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve Jobs
From his 2005 Stanford commencement address. (Text here.)
I just wrote “RIP Steve Jobs” on my Facebook wall. I thought I would be one of the first, but about 15 or 20 friends beat me to it. Writing this on a Mac: Steve Jobs innovated, created, inspired, and generally made life better. I like seeing all of my friends recognize him for his contributions, which are best known by the employees at Apple and its faithful users, among whom I have been since 2003. That he got filthy rich in the process doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m glad he did.
The WSJ has a kind obituary with many other scions of the industry paying their respects. Mentioned in the article is the great “1984” video directed by Ridley Scott.
Jobs’ intro to the video followed by the video itself:
For the video only:
From the WSJ: “‘Picasso had a saying, ‘Good artists copy. Great artists steal,” Mr. Jobs said in a PBS documentary on the computer industry from the mid-1990s. ‘I’ve been shameless about stealing great ideas.'”
Allow me to steal from a friend: iSad.