Steve Jobs Anti .XLS Company – Product Motivation Over Profit


With “Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography” selling well, should we expect to see an up tick on “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” sales?

“Microsoft tries to find pockets of unrealized revenue and then figures out what to make. Apple is just the opposite: It thinks of great products, then sells them. Prototypes and demos always come before spreadsheets.”

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~ by mdavey on October 26, 2011.

2 Responses to “Steve Jobs Anti .XLS Company – Product Motivation Over Profit”

  1. Perhaps a better statement, at least historically, might be “Microsoft tries to find pockets of unrealized revenue and then figures out what to buy.”

    Think of all the products, from Word to Skype, that Microsoft simply bought.

    In fact, how many of the products that Microsoft has today can you think of that Microsoft actually conceived of and implemented entirely in-house?

    • @Tarbox

      I am wondering how many products Apple conceived of and implemented entirely in-house. Xerox came up with the graphical user interface and the mouse. Tony Fadell invented the iPod (not the first MP3 player), and by extension the iPod (not the first smartphone). The iPad is just a bigger iPod touch. Mac OS is basically just another Linux clone.

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