Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Why Steve Jobs was fired from Apple.


Steven Paul Jobs, born February 24, 1955, one of the most influential people of our time.   He made the Time’s 20 Most Influential Americans List, along with Orville Wright and Abraham Lincoln.

Jobs was into Zen Buddhism as a young adult, became an affectionate father when he had children, and had a reputation of being hot-tempered at work.  But on stage he was majestic, and demonstrated charisma and charm.

He was a tech visionary, sometimes making decisions without any rationale, usually defending his reasoning to all his colleges.

Steve Jobs’ career had it’s ups and downs, after dropping out of college he stumbled into success.  Then he had a massive set back falling out with Apple, fortunately not long after, Jobs rose back up with possibly the greatest comeback success in history.
“He co-founds Apple Computer when he is 21, and by the time he is 23 he’s a millionaire. He becomes legendary. And then, at 30, he has this humiliating defeat,” said Alan Deutschman, author of “Change or Die, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.”

Steve Jobs ‘Devastated’

At a Forbes conference in Bali last week, John Scully, Former CEO of Apple was asked about the firing of Steve Jobs in 1985.

Sculley then spent the next eight minutes reminiscing about the time when Steve Jobs had failed.

Sculley told the crowd, the reasoning was because of the Apple board’s fault for creating an environment, in which there was no give.   Steve Jobs and Apple were like toothpaste and oj.

The clash stemmed  from the introduction of Macintosh Office in 1985.  The second-gen Macintosh launch was planned, and critics were calling the new computer a “toy” and wasn’t taking it seriously.  Mainly because of it’s small computing power.


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This was not the only failure Jobs had seen at the time.  He was overseeing a slew of product failures.  Including the Lisa and Apple 3.  Revenues from the Apple 2 were also considerably low.  Steve Jobs said, “you gotta be
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willing to crash and burn if you ever want to get anywhere”.
During Jobs’ absence from Apple, Macintosh sales struggled as competitor Microsoft’s products began filling shelves at stores.
Sculley said he didn’t have the expertise to see what kind of a visionary Jobs was.  He still wonders what would have happened if that incident didn’t take place…

Jobs’ New Leaf

Steve Jobs founded a new company, NeXT.  NeXT introduced the first NeXT Computer in 1988, and the smaller NeXTstation in 1990.  The company ultimately flopped, Apple then purchased the company’s software division in 1997.  This move became the building block for Apple’s future Mac software, and the road for Steve Jobs back to Apple.

According to Jobs’, “Microsoft simply ripped off what other people did”. Jobs’ also said, “Apple deserved it, After I left, it didn’t invent anything new.  The Mac hardly improved.  It was a sitting duck for Microsoft.”
Over the years, Sculley, like so many others, remembered Jobs’ as a true genius as a leader…”The greatest CEO ever.”

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John Sculley spills the beans on firing Steve Jobs – C|Net
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All About Steve Jobs
Why is Steve Jobs on Time’s 20 Most Influential Americans List? – Forbes

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