Originally Posted by jragosta
It's always easy to tell the posters who don't have any experience running a business.
Read some modern management books and learn about management. The fact that someone was good for a startup working in a garage doesn't mean that he adds any value for a multibillion dollar industry leading firm.
I haven't seen anyone who has any rational suggestions as to what Woz would be able to do for Apple today (other than being a figurehead - which might be OK). Does ANYONE really believe that he's maintained his technical skills enough to be able to contribute today?
Trying to be evenhanded here:
Both Steves were part of the startup and both were visionaries (in different ways)... but there was a third person Mike Markkula, the businessman
who put together the organization and operational structure and populated it with top rate people
Both Steves left Apple and had some measure of success in other ventures.
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple he had refined his talents and had a good record -- but I don't think he was considered a resounding success.
Apple gave Jobs a venue to grow his skills and he did -- but it was a big risk on Apple's part.
As to Woz's technical skills -- by his own admission his best ability was to thoroughly understand all the components of a system, their interactions -- then to get the most results with fewer or cheaper components Sure, Chip technology has changed -- but that can be learned. The other talents that Woz has can't be taught.
I don't see Apple or Woz having any interest in Woz returning as CEO or a major management role -- that's not his interest.
I was close to Apple (1978-1989) and one of the signature attributes they had was "Apple is fun!"
I don't see much of that today, Maybe Apple needs to add a little fun!
Woz is fun.
Others, here, have suggested that Woz could run a skunk-works operation within Apple -- that might be something that would benefit all involved.
Mmmm... didn't the Mac come out of a skunk-works project?