Wow. News of Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch moving down the street to Apple as a VP hit the fan. Lynch is the Adobe guy who pushed Flash onto the world, and continued to push Flash long after it began the downhill run.
Is Lynch a certifiable bozo as some say? Does Tim Cook not know how to hire and manage high powered executives? Or, does Lynch bring some history and expertise to Apple’s future that can’t be bred internally?
Daniel Eran Dilger has a different take and some historical perspective:
Lynch staunchly defended Flash, accusing Apple of promoting a philosophy “counter” to the web and one that would require developers to target multiple platforms, rather than writing to a common ‘run anywhere’ platform like Flash.
He touted the partnerships Adobe had lined up, stating at the time that “all the innovation coming from all those companies will dwarf what’s coming from the one company that isn’t participating.”
Instead, Apple’s iOS juggernaut did the dwarfing, obliterating the market for Flash so rapidly that even Adobe’s close ally Google abandoned support for the middleware on Android just two years after promoting Flash Player as a major differentiating feature of its new devices.
And, one more thing:
Apple’s ability, less than three years later, to woo Lynch away from Adobe speaks volumes about the resiliency of both parties. It’s not yet obvious what Lynch will be doing at Apple however. As columnist John Gruber recently tweeted to former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée, “What’s your theory? I’m at a loss, honestly. Makes no sense to me.”
Whether Lynch is a bozo, as Gruber indicates, remains to be seen. I say we let Tim Cook do what he does well– give Lynch some rope and see what he does with it.