Friday, April 12

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Why Steve Jobs is Unique and Why His Personal Life is Irrelevant – Geoffrey James
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Why Steve Jobs is Unique and Why His Personal Life is Irrelevant – Geoffrey James

The U.S. celebrity machine thrives on a set-em-up-and-knock-em-down cycle so it's not surprising that the latest film about Steve Jobs is highly negative. However, perseverating on Jobs's problematic personal relationships is completely missing the point. CEO's that treat people like crap are dime-a-dozen. There was nothing unique about Jobs's management style. What was unique about Steve Jobs was that he pushed technology towards simplicity rather than complexity. The overwhelming obsession of the high tech industry is to push towards greater complexity by adding as many customer-requested features as possible while still maintaining backward compatibility. The entire high tech industry--from engineers to marketers to management-values complexity and therefore tends to create products ...