I cant' understand why the hell hp didn't buy beos and develop it in parallel to their cap windows offerings. Why all that blind fate in microsoft. By now they could have easily had (actually, not just by now, by 7 years or so ago) a their good os to run on their machines, creating a dev community and still running windows crapware and business apps on a virtual machine. And they would still be able to sell their business hp's with windoze, and their cheapo laptops, but be able to also have a distinct line they could tightly manage and control and make decent margin on.
Originally Posted by umrk_lab
Well Steve indicated the recipe, which is pretty simple (to understand, I mean ...) : design and manufacture insanely great products, and the consumers will open their purse ...
Steve had a vision, and he took small deliberate steps, building one success on top of the other. It's not simply because the products were really good. It's because he paced development, and withstood the urge to release something before it's time, or something that would pander to an immediate need but wouldn't either look great or innovate to some extent, and would simply be an aside (tower mac) hence a simple mac line, a productivity suite and a media suite that pretty much covered most people's needs, a pro line of apps, then a great jukebox app given free to pcs as well (back when the morons at microsoft couldnt come up with a media management app and real jukebox was an alternative...) as a trojan horse to the ipods. After focusing on the ipods and making an impact in the market, next (despite his longtime dream of tablet - which he killed because the tech was premature) was a phone because that was a market they could leverage their flash purchasing power in, their touchscreen and multitouch research and development, their expertise in creating powerful battery efficient small devices and of course mobile os x, a very powerful os, as well as their experience in arm, and of course because phones where a hot property to buy. Next came the ipad where Steve could then say, you already know how to use it. And of course great negotiation skills and forward thinking in terms of drm in music and the app store, amongst other things. He also had the ability to slowly built and ecosystem and to pace releases, as well as provide winning design, marketing and branding, and last but certainly not least a physical presence of stores where apple could control the buying experience and the aesthetics and not any run of the mill pc reseller.
Originally Posted by Aizmov
After the way HP handled it's Palm acquisition I have no faith in them. They had something good and with some work could be made into something great and they squandered it.
Colossal idiots they way they handled it. They rushed a half baked product to the market, a la the pc market to get some quick $$$ on the wings of apple's ipad success, while they could have waited a bit, developed more, hired dev. talent and targeted a few home made apps to customers, given incentives to devs on their app store, and above all found a few selling points to their device that apple wasn't providing, be that a usb functionality, an hd card slot, something. They could have also approached some provider like amazon say to get behind them. Above all they should have brought some, minimal, effing vision to compete in the market. Webos had a lot going for it with the right backing and clout. Also the hp brand name didn't help at all as they have seized to be known as an innovative company but a run of the mill clone pc maker. Sadly. You can't stick hp to something that's on every crap netbook and $250 notebook and expect it to sell and carve out a niche for a new device that's capturing people's imagination. Create a brand identity solely for the tablet. Hell if they stuck to palm it would have sold more... A sad demise to a very promising mobile os in the hands of idiot execs...
Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
Talent. Talent. Talent.
Meg was turned down for work at Apple.
HP stopped being considered innovative around 1994.
Sun Engineers I used to eat lunch with wanted to work at NeXT and later Apple.
It starts at the top. You cannot create a Steve Jobs. You cannot create a Jony Ivy.
Very few companies have natural leaders. Lots of narcissism, but very little leadership.
Imagination and a high aesthetic for taste and how to shape it is not taught. You discover it or your do not. Lots of friends come from various engineering, liberal arts and business backgrounds.
All talented to do tasks, when a solid vision is in place. Creating that vision is an entirely different ball of wax. It either surfaces as a child and grows from there as you get older or it does not.
Meg couldn't lead a creative, highly driven engineering vision to fruition due to having none of these qualities in her.
Odd, weird and unique were all qualities described of Steve as he grew up and developed Apple, then NeXT, PIXAR and back at Apple.
There are tons of degrees in the Valley. Not so much when it comes to personalities that stand out in a crowd.
Steven P. Jobs is an original. It's not something you see more than once or twice in a life time.