Originally Posted by Cascadians
Steve Jobs is an utter hero. It obviously took a monumental expenditure of precious energy to make that presentation and he's doing it for Apple's future. He was gracious, fiercely intelligent as always, and stuck to his guns and made his points well. The city cannot help but try to pick up freebies but Steve isn't having that, and does it with humor and no-argue force.
Apple is beyond fortunate to have such a founder who is willing to put himself out there on Apple's behalf when any other person at this point would be resting at home. I pray for Steve every day and thank God for every time I have been blessed to see him in action. A rare Titan of a man. His courage and perseverance are outstanding. Witness a legend.
Geez man, gush much?? </kidding> Seriouslyit's no mere coincidence that, under Steve's leadership, Apple went from being $1 billion in the red to being at the top of the industry a little over a decade later. Few companies, if any, can boast this kind of turnaround success story.
I've heard and read that Steve is a very difficult person to work with and for because it's basically his way
not even "or the highway"full-stop. Though I think he's softened a bit in the past few years. Still, Steve's singular vision (plus the executive team, of course) and his overbearing nature result in products that I think every Apple employee is proud to put their name on at the end of the day.
I think for those lucky enough to work at Apple, it will be pretty cool to walk up to Apple's new arc reactor*/donut/spaceship every morning.* Steve did say they were going to generate their own power!
A few more comments/observations:
1) Apple has their own bus fleet? Awesome! Bus service plus cycling commuters means that Apple won't have to build parking for all 12,000
2) "People in glass houses (or office buildings) shouldn't throw stones." This new glass torus will give new meaning to that aphorism. Heh.
3) I'll be interested to know what the final cost will be. I'm sure Apple won't pinch pennies in its design or construction phase, so it'll easily run into the hundreds of millionspossibly even $1 billion? Whatever the price, it'll be worth every penny.
4) Earthquake proofing? I'll be interested to know how they will earthquake-proof all that glass. Glass by its nature is not very flexible, and hence, does not respond well to major earthquakes.
5) Whoa! The interior of the space ship is large enough to fit the main buildings of the original campus!
6) It would appear that Apple has been a good corporate citizen and member of the Cupertino community. It's nice to see them banter back and forth in a friendly manner. Not to say that the whole project is guaranteed to go smoothly. There are always hiccups, stresses, debates, disagreements, etc. But if this meeting is any indication, this project is off to a good start.