“As the countdown begins to silicon.com’s seventh annual Agenda Setters poll of tech’s 50 most influential individuals, it is time to look back at those who held top 10 positions in 2005. Today we catch up with last year’s number 2, Steve Jobs,” Silicon.com writes.
“In 2005 Steve Jobs made yet another appearance in the silicon.com Agenda Setters top 50 and you’d have to be slightly silly to bet against him making the top 10 comfortably once again. He is, after all, Steve Jobs – the black polo-neck wearing beloved head of Apple, the company taken to represent tech’s cool face,” Silicon.com writes.
MacDailyNews Note: Polo-neck, mock turtleneck, button-down, whatever.
Silicon.com continues, “Such is the Jobs legend that if he were to announce an Apple-branded egg cup, column inches would follow as surely as night follows day.”
“The company has been leading the way by showing how to roll with the corporate punches, taking a number of public relations knocks – a battery recall, scratch-prone Nano screens, an investigation into the treatment of workers at iPod manufacturing plants, a stock options probe – and yet Jobs and co have come out of it with their Teflon-like image seemingly unstained,” Silicon.com writes.
“If the rumour mill is to be believed – and the Apple spoiler sites are right more often than wrong – the Mac maker could be returning to its winning form within the next 18 months or so. Recently, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer gave the most concrete hint yet that the company is working on the iPhone proper and speculation is giving credence to the arrival of the first touch screen, ‘real’ video iPod and a full-on movie service, all of which promise to give a jump-start to languishing industries in the same way the iPod breathed life into the music download market,” Silicon.com writes. “If Apple gets that right, don’t expect Jobs to shift from the Agenda Setters top 10 for some years to come.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Silicon.com’s Agenda Setters panel, made up of CIOs, analysts, VCs, consultants, lawyers, academics and other experts, convenes in September with the results revealed at the end of the month. If you want to pass on your comments for Silicon.com’s experts – about Steve Jobs or any other contender – drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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