Wired News covers Steve Jobs’ best year ever

“What a blockbuster year Steve Jobs had,” Leander Kahney writes for Wired News.

Kahney writes, “Not only did he manage Apple’s seamless switch to Intel, he probably made the company the most money in its 30-year history. (I say probably, because the only dark spot — a stock options backdating scandal — may yet prompt a restatement of earnings.)”

“Financial scandal or no, Apple’s comeback is a solid validation of Jobs’ business chops. Jobs is too much of a liberal iconoclast to be taken seriously by the corporate world, but 2006 showed he’s up there with the greats,” Kahney writes.

Kahney covers Jobs’ and Apple’s month-by-month highlights in his full article here.

16 Comments

  1. Jobs is great — and thus Apple is great — not because he is a former faux hippie, but because he is brilliant and intellectually honest. He based the corporate culture on satisfying the needs and wants of his customers, not the control freaks who would manipulate them. What a concept. It is enlightened capitalism at its best.

    It takes a lot to get that model to work, but the brand loyalty that it has created is the reason that Apple can introduce new products and a significant number of people will buy and try. Others try to copy — superficially — parts of Apple’s business model, but that does not work. Who would feel loyalty towards Dell and go to a Dell store — nobody with an IQ greater than a lobotomized chicken or an Alzheimers patient. Who would buy a Zune? Answer; only fools who actually believe a Best Buy clerk getting kickbacks from Microsoft to lie to the customer about the Zune “blowing away” the iPod, as was done to a friend of mine. Note: After I talked to my friend, he went back and switched the pair of Zunes to a couple of iPods.

    Jobs built the Apple culture on capitalist principles that stress the good of the customer as being critical to the good of the company. It works – spectacularly.

  2. Steve Jobs,

    post-war bulge (like me),

    gives me the impression that he’s resisted the multi-temptations that wealth and power bring.

    The rule is: power and wealth corrupt. But something in S.J.’s character (perhaps his love of Dylan and ‘veganism’ are symptoms of this). suggests that he’s reisisted the worst.

    The fact that he’s not got fat and self-satisfied, like most of the M.S. top executives, are postitive signs indeed.

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