Saturday, August 27, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO for Apple has been all over the news this week. When you start looking over his accomplishments, it's hard to fathom. 
His vision of how personal computers should work changed the way personal computers work. Microsoft has dominated the PC software market for years, but they started emulating Apple decades ago.  
Apple wasn't the first to utilize point and click, but they embraced the technology and took it to the next level. 
When Apple went public in the stock market the board of directors forced Jobs out and put a John Scully, "a corporate CEO" in his place.
Apple was near bankruptcy in 1997 when Jobs came back on board and the rest is history. Last month when the government was struggling to raise the debt ceiling, Apple had more cash in the bank than the Uncle Sam. Some value the Apple brand at a Trillion dollars. That is unimaginable.
Jobs and Apple changed the way we listen to music, buy software, interface with computers, watch movies, and use mobile phones.
I've been reading one of the books written about Jobs and it says he has been a fanatic about designing products that deliver the best possible user experience.
So I've been doing a lot of thinking about Jobs and his philosophy -- delivering the best possible user experience at every thing I do.
Jilda and I are redesigning our shows, and designing new products to sell when we play. Some places can't pay a great deal for musicians, but if we can engage the audience, and provide them with a good experience, perhaps we can sell CD's, posters, T-shirts, hats, and artwork.
It's got us thinking about redesigning the websites we do, and my upcoming book.
So Steve, I hope you've decided to take a much deserved rest, and they you live long an prosper. You've been an inspiration to me. 

11 comments:

  1. That is great that you have been inspired to re think how to market yourself and make it work in larger market so that you can go into places that would not be able to pay alot others wise. It is always wonderful to think of how others and theor lives influnece us for the better and inspire. Steve Jobs does deserve alot o Kiddos for all that he has done for the world market in Tech. And how he has charged a world and how we see and view it.
    Thanks for this great post.
    Inspired me to re-think some marketing as well.
    Blessings

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  2. I can't wrap my head around the fact that Apple had more money than America!

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  3. Yes it is a pity that he had to go.But understandable that he want to make most of it being so seriously ill.
    He can be proud leaving such a legacy behind him.

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  4. I watched a program about Steve Jobs the other day. What an amazing man and inspiration.

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  5. Steve Jobs - always admired his creative abilities. Used Apple/Mac computers since day 1. Just replaced my latest this week. Love the ease of use, the natural way to use.

    Rethinking marketing - now that you mention that it makes what I do, change the products to meet the demand and change again and again. Research. Test out, modify and repeat.

    Thanks for todays post. Got me thinking.

    - Joy

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  6. Yes, the man certainly is a genius! He has no doubt inspired a whole generation of techno whizzes and astute business brains :) Can't wait too see your new products and website!

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  7. I think Steve Jobs is a genius...but he's always been in contact with humanity. He has a light that shines around and through him...

    Thank you for devoting so much thought and praise to a man that seems sometimes to have been lost in the shadow of the 'other' computer whiz.

    And I'm looking forward to that next book...

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  8. Maybe he should run for president next term...or at least be put in charge of the budget.

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  9. My hubby has only owned apple products so when I met him I bought my iMac. Now I wonder why it took me so long to enjoy the simple easy computer and I too am now an apple fan.

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  10. Great post, Rick. Certainly Steve Jobs changed the world - and how many people can really say that?

    I'll be thinking some about giving the "best user experience" perspective.

    Thanks for the mental "kick-start."

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  11. Great post. Steve Jobs is a genius indeed - and an inspiration.
    I agree - would be great to have him in charge of the budget!

    Btw - my very first Apple Laptop, the 145, is now 20 years old - and it still works!

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