Great article from Jon Markman in MarketWatch on Steve Jobs and Apple’s success in recent years:
The company’s commercial victories were anything but pre-ordained, and if you swing the clock back 10 years I don’t know of many people who would have forecast that mercurial Chief Executive Steve Jobs would one day lead the second most valuable firm in the United States, after energy giant Exxon Mobil.
What lead the Apple miracle?
You have to point to one man, and that is Jobs, who may have sacrificed his well-being to bring his company to this height. Strip away the numbers, and what’s left is one person’s vision, taste, engineering, ambition and charm that created two multibillion-dollar success stories.
Apple and Pixar. But what if Steve Jobs leaves for good?
But insiders report that Tim Cook has been running the retail and operational show behind the scenes for more than five years now, and that Jonathan Ive continues to be the design genius most responsible for the engineering for which Jobs gets credit. They are confident that Jobs — while irreplaceable — has prepared the company for his eventual exit, which has been expected for the past half-decade since he was diagnosed with cancer.
Worthy reading. We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of a remarkable era.