“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Epiphany regarding Apple’s future

A while back Fortune magazine did an analysis of prospects for successors to Steve Jobs. I think there is a very important missing candidate. Of course, as I do this I in no way want to be supporting the efforts to “kill off” Steve or create hype related to health. It is just an idea that when someone I told heard it they felt that creating a meme about it, might actually be influential to the future of Apple a company I love to love. The person in question is also from a company I love to love.

So who is this candidate and why should you care?

John Lasseter

  1. He understands selling a story
  2. He knows how to direct creatives AND technology
  3. He is a visionary AND a business man
  4. He is a mentee of Steve Jobs himself
  5. He has been incredibly successful (a proven track record)
  6. He isn’t tied to technology or design, but rather understands how both are tools for achieving broader eco-system goals.

I understand that he might not want the job being so embedded in the entertainment industry, but if Steve can lead both Apple and Pixar, why can’t John?

— dave

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