Corporate, Required, Technology - Written by Paul Glader on Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:58 - 0 Comments
Apple’s Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO, A Blow to Ed Tech?
Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple on Wednesday. That’s a big story for us at WiredAcademic and the rest of media. Why? Jobs has been a creative genius, an incredible managerial talent and has taken Apple from underdog to top dog over his 30-year career as an entrepreneur. Polls show he’s the most admired CEO in the U.S., if not the world.
In the education world, Apple has changed how institutions function, teacher’s teach and students learn. Apple is a company that will continue to change education, perhaps similar to the ways it is changing media industries such as film, music and news. But what does the departure of Jobs mean to Apple and to the education technology world? We welcome your comments.
One of the greatest tests for any CEO is how good they are at succession planning – preparing leaders to take over for them. Jobs has several good lieutenants around him including the new CEO Tim Cook. Here’s a nice round-up MediaBistro put together to show coverage of Job’s resignation and what it means:
Steve Jobs: ‘I Hereby Resign As CEO Of Apple’ (eBookNewser)
News broke Wednesday night that Steve Jobs has submitted his resignation as CEO of Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world.
WSJ: Jobs, the ailing tech visionary who founded Apple, said he was unable to continue as CEO of the technology giant and handed the reins to chief operating officer Tim Cook. With tons of slide shows, videos and timelines as the WSJ has officially gone Steve Jobs bonkers in recent years.
NYT: Jobs, 56, has been on medical leave since January, his third such absence. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009. But as recently as a few weeks ago, Jobs was negotiating business issues with another Silicon Valley executive. Here’s a nice timeline on the NYT web site: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/22/technology/20090122_JOBS.html?ref=technology
Bloomberg: The day of the announcement, Jobs was in Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., office for the entire work day, and he attended a regularly scheduled board meeting, according to a person close to Jobs, who was not authorized to speak about the executive’s health. While Jobs has been housebound for the past few weeks and his condition is weak, the resignation was not indicative of a sudden worsening, this person said.
TechCrunch: We all know the broad strokes: A boy is born to a graduate student and her Syrian boyfriend. She places the boy up for adoption. He comes to live with Paul and Clara. Paul is a machinist who moved to San Francisco after World War II. He grows up in Santa Clara county. It’s flat, lots of one-story buildings, mostly middle/upper middle class, outside of the bad parts. Parts of it are pretty, parts aren’t. He wasn’t coddled. His biological mother makes his adoptive parents promise to send him to college. In fourth grade, he has a great teacher and, presumably, another and another. His parents scrape to send him to Reed. He drops out of college and starts dropping in on classes that interest him. He makes money returning bottles, and he hits the Hare Krishna temple now and then for a free meal. He takes calligraphy, eschews the typical coursework, and at age 20, he and a buddy start a company.
Walt Mossberg in AllThingsD: Jobs’ resignation is the end of an extraordinary era not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in general. Jobs is a historic business figure whose impact was deeply felt far beyond the company’s Cupertino headquarters, and who was widely emulated at other companies.
Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: During Jobs’ run as head of Apple, the creations of his company impacted a huge number of industries. Perhaps the most, however, was the media world.
GigaOM: Jobs (and by extension, Apple) has taught me (and I am sure others) a big lesson: If you want to change something, you have to be patient and take the long view. If Apple’s and Steve’s incredible comeback teaches us something, it’s that when you are right and the world doesn’t see it that way, you just have to be patient and wait for the world to change its mind.
AdAge / Digital: By my count, Jobs changed the world five times. Five.
CNET / InSecurity Complex: While many consumers were imagining an Apple without Jobs, industry leaders were publicly recognizing him for changing the face of personal computing and inspiring next-level gadget design.
Arik Hasseldahl of AllThingsD writes: The fact is that Apple does have a plan, and chose, I think wisely, to keep most of the details related to it confidential. On the very last page of Apple’s corporate governance guidelines, you find that the company designates its compensation committee, a subset of its board of directors, as the body responsible for succession planning.
paidContent: In these past eight months, Cook has overseen record-breaking earnings and two milestone product launches. For those reasons alone, the board, investors, and Apple fans would have welcomed Jobs’ choice as successor. But his wider role at the company for the past 14 years is what seals the deal on his suitability for the role.
AllThingsD: Cook may not be the product visionary that Jobs is, and he may not be the showman, but he’s clearly got the skills to lead the company. He’s been running Apple’s day-to-day operations in Jobs’ absence since January, and did so twice before during Jobs’ earlier leaves. He’s also the guy who completely restructured Apple’s manufacturing operations and recalibrated its supply chain to lock up component resources in an increasingly competitive market.
Gawker: Cook has graduated from a high-profile tech executive serving as caretaker of the world’s biggest tech company to the head of what, on some days, is now the biggest company in the world, period. He’s also gone from being the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley to the most powerful gay man in the world, bar none.
paidContent: The rest of Apple’s key leaders reported directly to Jobs and any changes in their duties as a result of the succession plan could have far-reaching effects. Key members include: Jony Ive (considered the keeper of Jobs’ design philosophies, Ive could become the decider when it comes to refining the final pieces of new Apple products, a role exclusively reserved for Jobs until now), Scott Forstall (Forstall is in charge of iOS, the key to Apple’s future and the software that is responsible for the strong financial position in which the company finds itself after Jobs’ departure), Bob Mansfield (hardware engineering for the Mac is Mansfield’s specialty, but he has also been involved in the production of the iPad, as well as the team making chips for Apple’s devices), and Phil Schiller (Apple’s marketing head is best-known for playing the foil during Jobs’ presentations over the years, but he has also led some of the company’s trademark keynote presentations himself).
Wired / Epicenter: Here’s a selection of some of the most entertaining things the man has said, organized by topic: innovation and design, fixing Apple, his greatest sales pitches, life’s lessons, taking the fight to the enemy, and Pixar.
NYT: The 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company’s products — from its iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores.
NY Post: Jobs just delivered bad news to Apple fans — and a gift to Simon & Schuster. The New York publishing house appears poised to reap a financial bonanza as it readies for the Nov. 21 publication of an authorized biography of the iconic tech genius.
SocialTimes: Jobs has defined what we know today as mobile technology. Mobile technology means to me any technology that one carries around, which by my definition includes media players, smartphones, tablets, and ultra-mobile computers. The standard of each one of those four product categories is an Apple product created to fulfill Jobs’ vision.
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