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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.

.. I don’t think so

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.

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  1. Great to see you writing again, very cool ^=^

    I remember thinking after the first shock of his passing that many people would be coming out in droves singing the praises of Steve Jobs and then the other side to the man would come out and not everything would be so flattering.

    The fact is ( to me) Steve Jobs was very very good at what he did and he had a strength of will that was to be reckoned with. He also had his arrogance and his feelings about many things and he was something to be “feared”.

    He was a man and like you I have enormous respect for everything he accomplished…but..he was still just a man!

    No one who has any ethics or credibility will stand by and suffer copycats or other nefarious actions with good grace… I know for a fact you wont and neither will many others (me included)

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    Reply by: BB at 9:16 am said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), there will always be jackals following the innovators to gobble up the spoils.

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  2. I thought Google was getting into too many products. What Jobs advised and what Google did eventually were good. Will Google-Motorola become the next apple? I guess not. But can they become like how Nokia was earlier? Likely.

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    Reply by: BB at 9:12 am said...

    @Raj, I’ve been saying the same thing for a long time. I guess Page had to hear it from Jobs’ own lips for it to sink in. Too many fingers in too many pies.

    I don’t think Motorola or Google have the imagination that Jobs had to be a game changer. But that can also be said for Apple now that their leader is gone. We may be headed for a dark age in technology innovation.

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    Reply by: IW at 9:26 am said...

    @Raj, Google have a method. They release a lot of product as fast as possible and continue only with the ones that are successful.

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  3. Disagree - this kind of wishing is just wishing. Steve’s time had arrived and there was nothing more he could have done in my view. It was wise for him to step down in his last days.

    CEOs that stay too long with the company they founded can do more damage than good. Underneath them, the company and employees change over the years and so do their attitudes and approaches.

    Bill too was smart enough to time himself and move on to other interests away from Microsoft. He started an an engine and gave the wheel to his business manager.

    Does Bill even give a damn that there are more people copying Microsoft’s UX (Open Source Community) than they are Apple’s ?

    Gotta move on… Life’s too short.

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    Reply by: BB at 9:13 am said...

    @Jaffer, that’s harsh .. even by my own standards. ;-)

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