Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and CEO was born on February 24, 1955. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980.
He passed away on Ocotber 05, 2011.
Vision and Creativity
Steve Jobs’ vision and creativity have indeed revolutionised the world of design and innovation, and he has inspired many who have found gratification in holding an Apple product, be it an iMac, an iPod or an iPhone.Many around the world looked up to him for inspiration, motivation.
Students around the world have been marked by the wonderful speech he made at Stanford University. He was a man who tried to explain the most complex thing in a language that every one would understand, never leaving a doubt behind.
A big fan of Socrates, he was at ease expressing himself on various topics.
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 hear. And we’ve all chose to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.
The problem is I’m older now, I’m 40 years old, and this stuff doesn’t change the world. It really doesn’t.
It takes these very simple-minded instructions—‘Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’––but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.
I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.
Quotes on Innovation
Steve Jobs has defined the course of innovation througout his entire life. On his return to Apple he stated that the cure for Apple is not to cut cost but to innovate its way out of its current predicament Steve Jobs has been behind the revolution and innovation engine of Apple. Apple went on to revolutionise the music industry, the mobile industry, and the entertainent industry
They say people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who actually do
Torchbearers have come and left, but they have left a message for those who are treading upon their trajectories. Steve Jobs is someone who has left a broad trajectory upon which the whole world of technology is treading. It is all because he set a benchmark which no one else could come closer to. And that is the reason why Apple maintains its stance in the world of Technology. But what was so different about the approach taken by Steve Jobs that ended up sky-rocketing the market presence of Apple? It is just one simple word called “Innovation”.
How a franchise innovates and sets a benchmark
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations
Innovation is something that segregates a follower from a leader. Steve Jobs rightly pointed out that satisfying a customer is not an easy task. He emphasized on the fact that by the time, a company creates a product for consumers, the demands of the consumers escalate. It is not easy to innovate since the visionary has to come up with something which immediately strikes a chord with the consumers. Every company has innovation written boldly in its manifest.
Significance of innovation-oriented workforce
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.
The primary credit of the success of an enterprise points to the team of intellectual people who give their blood and bone towards uplifting the market response of the company. As has been pointed out by Steve Jobs, it does not basically require heavy pockets to innovate, but what it requires is a set of people who can think different than others and bring about a change in the concourse.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected
Working in one of the leading multinationals requires lots of potential as the atmosphere is highly spirited. Without innovation, no franchise can make its presence felt as the company which innovates is the one, which rises up and shines amongst a whole cluster of its counterpart companies.
Quotes on Microsoft
Our friends up north (Microsoft) spend over five billion dollars on research and development and all they seem to do is copy Google and Apple.
This guy badgered me about how Microsoft was going to completely change the world with this tablet PC software and eliminate all notebook computers, and Apple ought to license his Microsoft software. But he was doing the device all wrong. It had a stylus. As soon as you have a stylus, you’re dead. This dinner was like the tenth time he talked to me about it, and I was so sick of it that I came home and said, ‘Fuck this, let’s show him what a tablet can really be.
The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.
Bill (Gates) is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.
If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.
The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And 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 products.
I am saddened, not by Microsoft’s success – I have no problem with their success. They’ve earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.