“In 1983, when John Sculley was 43, he had a choice. He could remain head of Pepsi-Cola Co. and jockey with several other executives to be named successor to then-PepsiCo Chief Executive Donald Kendall in a typical corporate executive shootout. Or, as Apple’s Steve Jobs put it to him then, he could give up selling ‘sugar water’ and ‘come with me and change the world,'” Janet Guyon reports for FINS Technology. “FINS talked to Sculley, 71, about the time in his career he calls “the experience of a lifetime,” his meteoric rise at Pepsi, the satisfaction of taking risks and what he’s up to today.”
Some of Sculley’s comments:
I appreciate more today that Apple was never just a business to Steve. Apple is Steve Jobs and Steve Jobs is Apple. That was entirely different from anything I had experienced coming out of Pepsi.
Steve was a guy willing to create his own rules and a genius at creating his own industry. I had never met anyone like that before. I only have more and more admiration for Steve as time goes on.
I wish Steve and I hadn’t had a falling out. I wish I had gone back to Steve and said, “This is your company, let’s figure out how you can come back and be CEO.” I wish I had thought of that. But you can’t change history.
Much more in the full article here.
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