Google Acknowledges Jobs’ Influence: Steve Rips into Android and Microsoft
Fascinating: Read how Google, Microsoft et al give kudos to Steve Jobs’ influence, and yet Jobs loathed them as lowlife parasites.
“Walter Isaacson’s book about Steve Jobs includes some unflattering quotes about Google and Android, but it also explains Larry Page’s decision to close many Google products and to create a cohesive interface for Google. After announcing that it will become Google’s CEO, Larry Page met Steve Jobs, “who lived less than three blocks away”, and asked for tips on how to be a good CEO.
Here’s how Steve Jobs described the meeting: We talked a lot about focus. And choosing people. How to know who to trust, and how to build a team of lieutenants he can count on. I described the blocking and tackling he would have to do to keep the company from getting flabby and being larded with B players. The main thing I stressed was focus. Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up. It’s now all over the map. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great. Source: How Steve Jobs Influenced Google’s Restructuring”
I so agree. The more that I read about Steve Jobs the more I relate to him.
Frankly I consider the above quote from Google as just an other example of it trying to ride on Jobs’ coattails.
Google is not so much paying tribute to the man, but rather it is trying to do damage control and position itself as the next Apple.
I’m not an Apple user but since his death I have a whole new respect for Steve Jobs that I never had before. He wasn’t perfect and doesn’t live up to the mythology that some of his disciples try to purvey. But I feel like we’ve lost the only technology leader that we really had.
I wish he was still around to lead the way.
Jobs further stated that Bill Gates was “unimaginative, had never invented anything, and shameless ripped off other people’s ideas“.
Listen to Bill Gates’ retort (sorry but it isn’t working in IE):
I don’t know about you but it seems to me Gates conveniently skirted around the issue. He would have made a good politician don’t you think (rhetorical).
But I do agree on one thing. Apple’s products are over-priced, and by doing so it created a niche for Microsoft and made Gates a Billionaire.
No wonder Bill can afford to be so smug.
I can only imagine what Jobs would have said if he was still around. My ears are burning just thinking about it.