The Net has been buzzing with Steve Jobs’ resignation, and through this I’ve had the privilege to read many great articles by many great writers centering around a similar topic — their love and respect for Steve Jobs.
Not wanting any of TOOZE’s readers to miss out on them, here’s a rundown of some of the best writings I’ve come across thus far. This list is far from complete, nor exhaustive as I might have just missed out some others.
More than the articles themselves, I hope we can all learn a thing or two from the big guy himself as these writers reflect on their experiences with him. All links to the articles are in the headers.
Agam Shah (PCWorld) ran a great summary of Steve Jobs’ time at Apple, all the way from 1971.
Chris Rawson (TUAW) did an recollection of the products that came out of the doors of Apple, and it’s amazing to see how the products matured and changed over time as Steve Jobs himself and Apple matured and grew.
Steve Jobs is known to say no, and as a case in point, Casey Johnston (Ars Technica) wrote about 5 products that never saw the light of day under Steve Jobs
Ryan Lawler (GigaOM) did a compliation of how Steve Jobs looked through the years as shown in magazine covers. Nice!
Tom Reestman recounted a conversation Steve Jobs had with Walt Mossberg about decision making in Apple, and it’s really telling how despite popular belief, Steve Jobs do not call the shots there.
It reminds me of how I felt that Apple is Steve Jobs’ greatest gift to the world, not because he controlled it, but because he grew it to be far greater than himself, filled with great people with the simple vision of creating insanely great products.
It’s a fantastic look into his role as CEO, and probably telling of his future role as Chairman of the Board.
Shawn Blanc calls it culture.
Joseph Tame took two iPhones and ran 21 km to create an Apple logo. This has to be the most brilliant and innovative tribute ever.
Galen Gruman (MacWorld) wrote of his experience with Steve Jobs, and covers a little history about the Mac, and Steve Jobs’ exit and return. Once again, the idea that Steve Jobs is solely responsible for every decision in Apple is debunked. I quote:
People typically believe that Jobs does everything at Apple, but that’s not the case. He has had an amazingly strong set of executives, to whom he delegates significant power and responsibility. The two that matter the most are Jonathan Ive, the company’s chief designer, and Tim Cook, the man who makes Apple work like a precision machine in its manufacturing, retail, and online spheres.
Paul Noglows (Business Insider) recounted an experience with Steve Jobs which highlighted his fanatical attention to details. I quote:
… that his attention to detail rivals that of the most focused nuclear engineer, “You usually see the capacity in a chief executive for one or the other–thinking in revolutionary broad strokes or the ability to laser focus on the seemingly most insignificant minutia,” Greg notes. “But Steve is an almost singular example with an amazing capacity to do both.
Jonathan Berger was an intern with Apple in 2000, and then he asked Steve Jobs why he came back after being dismissed from the company he created. Jobs’ answer is a must read, and a lesson to us all who profess to care about anything.
When Steve Jobs gave away applause.
MG Siegler (TechCrunch) has been one of my favorite writers on all things Apple, and naturally one would expect him to write about Jobs’ resignation. And he did. And it’s a lovely reflective piece with a brilliant title.
As a primer, here’s something I’ve been quoting time and again:
Apple is a testament to the idea that “little things matter”. Users may not consciously notice all the tiny bits of attention to detail they encounter in Apple products throughout a day, but it is what endears them to these products. It’s why when you pick up a competing product, it just doesn’t feel right even though the specs may be the same, and it may even look the same.
It’s also why people who don’t use Apple products don’t understand what all the fuss is about. The fuss is about all of the fuss put into making sure every pixel is exactly where it should be on every screen, in every program, all the time.