“John Sculley was hired from PepsiCo by the iconic but temperamental Steve Jobs with a legendary pitch, ‘Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to come with me and change the world?’ Sculley went on to join Apple, but ended up becoming part of a corporate legend by firing Jobs from the company he had founded,” Pankaj Doval reports for TNN.
“As he gears up to start a new venture focused around India for selling low-end mobile phones (not competing with Apple’s top-notch devices), Sculley — now 75 — tells TOI that he regrets the decision taken in 1985 by the Apple board of directors to move Jobs out of the company,” Doval reports. “‘I think, in hindsight, for the founder to leave was a mistake and I was a part of that. But, Steve in 1985 was not the same as the Steve in 1997. By the time he came back, he was a much more matured and experienced executive, while back in the eighties, he was still a young learning executive,’ [Sculley said].”
“[Sculley] still feels that some way would have been found to have them both work for the company and this could have been facilitated by Apple’s board then,” Doval reports. “‘I think there could have been a way, in hindsight, where Steve and I did not need to have a confrontation, and we could have worked it out. And, perhaps the board could have played a bigger role in that. But you can’t change history.'”
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