Former Colleagues React

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-05 Print this article Print

What His Former Colleagues Said

Wozniak said on Aug. 24 that Jobs was "probably the great technical leader of our lifetime. He always wanted to be an important person in the world and he wanted to do it with a company. And he did it many times over, not just with Apple.

"Look at the music company (iTunes), and the movie company (Pixar) he started. He wasn't just Apple. Gosh, at Apple he built products that stand the test of time, like the Mac, the iPod, iPhone, the iPad."

Michael Gartenberg, IT analyst with Gartner, said: "Here's a guy who invented the personal computer, redefined it with the Macintosh, took a company on the brink of doom and made it the most valuable company in the world, he redefined the music and cell phone industries. He truly was a visionary for our time."

Several former Apple executives offered their perspectives on Jobs back in August, when he stepped down as CEO.

"Steve Jobs works on a very different personal operating system than most people," former Apple marketing director Guy Kawasaki said. "It would be comparable to, say, getting a fish to fly."

Former PepsiCo CEO John Sculley, the man whom Jobs hired to replace him as CEO and later helped participate in firing Jobs from the company, once said that he felt he was "vastly unqualified" to run Apple as its CEO, which he did from 1983 to 1993.

"But Steve has the amazing knack of saying the exact right thing, at the exact right time, for the right reasons," Sculley said in a television documentary on Jobs. "He's very motivational. Back then, I told him I thought I wasn't the guy to run a technology company, but he looked down at his running shoes, then up at me, and said: "Do you want to keep selling sugar water the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?

"I was working a Apple a few weeks later."

And Jobs did indeed change the world.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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