Lev Grossman writes for TIME, “Sure, Steve Jobs has been on this list before—in 2004 and 2005, to be specific—but somehow it’s never the same Jobs from one year to the next. He has been Jobs the visionary founder, notably at Apple and Pixar. He has done time as Jobs the exile and even as Jobs the failure. Now he has a new role: Jobs the mogul. Clearly he knows how to innovate from the bottom and from the outside. Can he do it from the top?”
Grossman writes, “Let’s look at the record. So far this year he has unveiled the iPhone, which has every other cell-phone maker scrambling to get a glimpse of Apple’s taillights, and Apple TV, a gutsy grab for the living-room media center. Leopard, a major update to Apple’s OS X operating system, is due in October. Meanwhile, Jobs sold his 100 millionth iPod this year, second-quarter Macintosh sales were up 36%, and Apple is showing remarkable financial vitality (and has weathered its stock-options dustup). So far, so cool.”
Full article here.
What about that TIME online poll?
“TIME asked who you thought should be on the list of the 100 most influential people of the year. Over 200 candidates were given a rating of 1 to 100. And your #1 choice? Let it Rain! The Korean R&B phenom had almost half a million votes, over 100,000 more than runner-up Stephen Colbert.”
Steve Jobs ended up 11th with a 75 rating and 27,484 votes. Jonathan Ive was 30th with a 68 rating and 7862 votes. Bill Gates finished 35th.
TIME 100 Poll results here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mintdog” for the heads up.]