Fast Company’s 2011 Most Creative People in Business list contains Apple Inc.s’ Scott Forstall at #2, but no Steve Jobs, Jony Ive, or, heck, even Phil Schiller?!
(We kid, Phil, we kid.)
Fast Company’s Top 10:
1. WADAH KHANFAR – Al Jazeera
2. SCOTT FORSTALL – Apple: Jonathan Ive’s slick designs may grab the headlines whenever Steve Jobs introduces a new product, but it’s Scott Forstall’s smart software that fills Apple’s coffers. As senior VP of iPhone software, Forstall is the chief architect of iOS, the industry-defining operating system that runs on more than 160 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The popularity of that tap, pinch, and swipe interface has sent Cupertino’s earnings rocketing: Revenue hit a record $26.7 billion in the last quarter of 2010; 65% of it came from sales of iOS devices. Apple’s Mac operating system is now being remodeled around Forstall’s baby, with this summer’s OS X Lion update set to include numerous features borrowed from iOS, including multitouch controls.
3. YURI MILNER – Digital Sky Technologies
4. JACK DORSEY – Square
5. SEBASTIAN THRUN – Google
6. GUO PEI – Rose Studio
7. SAL KHAN – Khan Academy
8. CONAN O’BRIEN – Conaco
9. JIM YONG KIM – Dartmouth
10. ARIANNA HUFFINGTON – Huffington Post Media Group
Full list here.
[Attribution: Cult of Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]
Good for Scott. Steve has gotten plaudits amany. It’s nice to see someone in his realm also get well-deserved attention. Recognition to any Apple employee like this is recognition of the whole company, and also its CEO.
Congratulations Scott! Yeah, Jony Ive gets all the attention for the hardware, but it is the software that makes Apple products what they are.
Some may consider this heresy, but I would rather use OS X on butt-ugly PC style hardware than Windows on Jony Ive’s best. (Can you say “Adamo”?) (OK, so the Adamo was no where near Ive’s standard, but you get the point.)
No, I cannot say Adamo without puking in my mouth a little.
“Apple’s Mac operating system is now being remodeled around Forstall’s baby, with this summer’s OS X Lion update set to include numerous features borrowed from iOS, including multitouch controls.”
Sssssh, don’t tell anybody, but I am using multitouch on my Macbook with Snow Leopard.