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Steve emails about Apple TV shipment

25 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs news

MacRumors reported yesterday that Steve sent an email to one of their readers about the soon-to-begin shipment of the new Apple TV. The style is Steve-ish to say the least.

Full exchange below :
Any update on shipment of your hobby project? Looks like it will have to ship early next week for delivery before the end of this month.
Sent from my iPhone

Amazing, isn’t it? 🙂
Seriously, I will report here any email Steve sends or is rumored to have sent. I was planning to open an “emails from steve” page on all about Steve but this blog is the perfect place for that. I can’t believe Emails from Steve Jobs thought of it before I did.

Steve Jobs worth $6.1 billion, ranked 42nd richest American by Forbes

23 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs news

Forbes released yesterday their 2010 ranking of the 400 richest Americans. This year Steve Jobs is ranked the 42nd richest American (136th worldwide) with a net worth of $6.1 billion.
The graph on the right shows that despite the worldwide crisis, Steve’s worth has kept growing over the recent years. Ironically, most of that wealth comes from Steve’s involvement with Pixar (now $4.4 billion in Disney stock). As far as political donations are concerned, do not trust the  $26,700 figure given here. For years, Steve has given to the Democratic party using his wife’s name, as can be seen here.

In the tech world, nothing is really new under the sun. Steve’s good friend and future neighbor (in Woodside) Larry Ellison is now worth $27 billion, the 3rd richest American behind Warren Buffet and of course Uncle Bill (worth $54 billion). The Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin are each worth $15 billion, while Eric Schmidt is down to $5.5 billion. The talk of the town is more about Mark Zuckergerg, whose net worth is valued at $6.9 billion — hence more than Steve’s.

Venture Beat interestingly comments by saying:

The dichotomy between the two CEOs points to an interesting fact: where as Jobs was fired from his company back in 1985, Zuckerberg has done a commendable job of keeping in power, still controlling an unprecedented 25 percent of the company and the majority of board seats. The young CEO probably learned a thing or two from Jobs’ mishap, and it seems to have paid off. He also had good counsel from Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and Plaxo, who had been booted out of his companies. Parker, who was Facebook’s first president until he was ousted, was determined to raise funding in a way that would preserve Zuckerberg’s control of Facebook, and that strategy has by and large panned out.

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Decorate your desk with a bust of Steve

23 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs trivia

Dutch artist Metin Seven built a small, Lego-like bust of Steve Jobs so that you can have the iLeader always keep an eye on you. It was made using an advanced 3D-printing process (although it looks vintage with its pixel-like appearance and Steve’s dark hair) and will cost you $117.

Source: Technabob.

Sycophantic article about Steve on the Telegraph website

22 Sep 2010 | in Management

The Telegraph posted an article today that sings the praises of Apple’s CEO. It is for a broad audience and therefore we, knowledgeable people, will learn nothing from it. However I am still posting about it to illustrate my point in the previous post regarding how common it is to praise Steve nowadays. I will try and find an article from 10-15 years ago to make the contrast more apparent.

For a change, there aren’t that many errors in the article, except for the description of Jony Ive, who is described as the designer behind Apple’s computer and iPod range” instead of the head designer behind every piece of hardware that has come out of Cupertino for the last 13 years.

Stop comparing yourself with Steve Jobs

22 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs personality

The prestigious Harvard Business Review recently published an interesting article: Stop Comparing Yourself With Steve Jobs by Dan Pallotta. The main idea is that you should draw inspiration from the people you admire, but certainly not compare yourself with them. The reason the article uses Steve Jobs is explained in the first paragraph already:

Comparing yourself with Steve Jobs is not healthy. Never mind that it’s probably the pastime of every alpha male and female businessperson on the planet these days.

There are two reasons why the article caught my eye:

– one, some people who (sadly) don’t spend enough time on the website think that the section “Being Steve” refers to “how to emulate Steve Jobs”. Maybe the name is a bad choice — though I like it and don’t intend to change it, sorry folks. But if you spend a couple minutes on the website, you’ll see it’s a description of Steve’s personality, things that have to be dealt with on all about Steve Jobs but have nothing to do on the biography. So — no, it’s not a manual on how to “be like Steve”.

– second, and more importantly, during my current studies in business school, I do have often heard Steve Jobs quoted in many a class by my teachers as a great inspiration. This is quite ironic to me.

Steve interrogated by the police about Gizmodo-gate

21 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs news

CNet reports that the San Mateo county DA is nearing the final stages of the case of the lost/stolen prototype iPhone 4 that ended up on Gizmodo in March. The name of the student who stole the prototype is given in the article: it’s Brian Hogan, old of 21. The DA told the press he had interviewed “a number of Apple employees and other people connected to the case, including Apple CEO Steve Jobs”.

Useful quote at the end of the article :

Under a California law dating back to 1872, any person who finds lost property and knows who the owner is likely to be–but “appropriates such property to his own use”–is guilty of theft. In addition, a second state law says any person who knowingly receives property that has been obtained illegally can be imprisoned for up to one year.

Steve Jobs officially sick of receiving whiny emails

18 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs trivia

Valleywag is reporting today a new delightful exchange of emails between Steve Jobs and a random person. This time we are dealing with a senior student in journalism from Long Island University (pictured here) who emailed Steve complaining she didn’t get answers from Apple’s PR department for her school work.

I’ll start by saying this exchange has to be handled with all usual precautions, because it’s happened before that supposedly “authentic” emails were in fact 100% fake. But let’s consider this one real.

The first comment I’ll make is on the obvious bias of Gawker Media toward Apple’s CEO, which is obvious if you have a look at the actual exchange (below) before reading Valleywag’s depiction of it. The post conveys the idea that the student is being insulted by a “stubborn” super-rich CEO who treats customers like shit. The feeling I got reading the emails is pretty different.


Steve most powerful man in tech

18 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs news

The magazine T3 is like the Forbes of technology : each year, they make a ranking of “the 100 most influential people in tech”. Guess who ended up #1 this year? That’s right, Uncle Steve. Check it out here.

However, I have to say the rest of the ranking makes me doubtful about its quality. For example, Steve Ballmer is #2 *before* the Google guys. Similarly strange, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou ranks #3, before Intel CEO Paul Otellini and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. However important Foxconn is in manufacturing gizmos of all sorts for us to enjoy, I doubt the world would be any different if the company were run by another CEO. It’s a different story with Facebook…

Evil Steve Jobs on Joy of Tech

16 Sep 2010 | in Steve Jobs trivia

OK, the comic is from a couple days ago, but still a worth a look. It’s making fun of Steve’s paranoia regarding the secrecy around unannounced products: check it out.

Gizmodo quotes all about Steve

16 Sep 2010 | in Updates/Announcements

Gizmodo posted an article today in which they quoted all about Steve as a source:

25 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Left Apple

The article is about Steve’s resignation from Apple in 1985. It is short but without errors, which is worth noting because it’s so rare in mainstream media/blogs (not to mention Wikipedia). I’d like to think our biography of Steve helped in this respect 😉

Since we’re dealing with all about Steve being quoted on popular blogs, let’s not forget TechCrunch, which also used our long biography as a source two weeks ago, in their article:

Steve Jobs’ Doublespeak Strikes Again: “No” Actually Meant “Yes” For Apple TV

The bio is supposed to illustrate Steve’s lies regarding “Apple’s forays into mobile”. The thesis is that Steve is shameless about lying to the media about Apple’s strategy. We’ll come back to Steve’s tendency to lie in a later post that is likely to be full of colorful anecdotes.

These two articles are quite a confirmation for me that I am on the right track with this blog: because they show both that all about Steve is gaining momentum as a trustworthy source of information regarding Steve, and that people are eager to learn more about Apple’s CEO and his 35-year-long career.

Stay tuned for more Steve Jobs news!