Steve Jobs jobs resigned as Apple C.E.O. last night, but you know that, I hope. Go to any website to find out more. Seriously, any website. It’s everywhere because of the impact Jobs had. Besides reviving the turtleneck industry over the past 10 years, he also built Apple into the giant it is today. When he took over in 1997, 100 stocks of Apple would’ve cost you $1,369. Today, 100 Apple shares go for $150, 590. That’s just a tiny 10,890-percent increase over 14 years. Oh, and he was also involved in 313 different patents.
But Jobs is so important, not because of his success, but because of the way he carried himself and the way he succeeded. As Alan Deutschman, a Jobs biographer, told David Streitfeld in The New York Times:
The big thing about Steve Jobs is not his genius or his charisma but his extraordinary risk-taking. Apple has been so innovative because Jobs takes major risks, which is rare in corporate America. He doesn’t market-test anything. It’s all his own judgment and perfectionism and gut.
As our Tom Matlack writes today, Jobs is “The New Macho.”
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