The Macalope Daily: After Jobs, the flood
So. There goes the other shoe. Try not to freak.
Look, if anyone gives you grief about this on the playground today, just calmly note that Apple’s new CEO can still beat up their CEO, so there. It’s not like Tim Cook’s some sweaty meat sack.
We don’t need to sort it all out now. There will be plenty of time to talk about this over the next millenium. Sadly, many a silly pundit will rush to tell you what it means. For the most part, and the Macalope can’t stress this enough, they have no idea what they’re talking about.
To be frank, the horny one is dreading the next few days. Because the one thing he will predict is that certain people are going to say some unbelievably stupid things. How does he know that? Because they’ve been saying stupid things about this eventuality for years. And they’re already doing it again.
Charles Golvin, an analyst specializing in mobile technology at Forrester Research, said in an email message… “I think the key question is whether the Apple team will continue to work as effectively as a collaborative without the single person to rely on for the final decision.”
Apparently Forrester has been informed that Tim Cook was not named CEO and Apple is now run by committee. That is troubling. Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us about the disturbing message Jonathan Ive’s frown sends about Apple executive rivalries.
Don’t worry about Apple. Worry about Steve Jobs if you want to worry about something. The Macalope’s pleased to see he’s still on the board of Disney, he’s chairman of Apple, and he’s still an Apple employee. (Although the Macalope hopes the latter doesn’t mean much because Steve Wozniak is still an Apple employee, too, and that guy’s goofy.)
Jobs commits his tenure as head of Apple to posterity as perhaps the most remarkable turnaround of all time. For those of us who are long-time Apple fans, we owe him a debt of gratitude. For those of us who work in an Apple-related industry, we owe him our livelihood. From the rudderless hull of the company he helped create, Steve Jobs built an unprecedented organization that makes devices that delight customers and drive competitors (and pundits) to fits.
Few people can make such an amazing contribution to the business world once in their lifetime. He did it twice.
Thanks, Steve. Be well.
[Editors’ Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]