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September 15, 2011 —  (Page 3 of 3)
Ending the Founder Era
Tens of thousands of words have been written about Steve Jobs’ recent resignation as CEO of Apple, his replacement by Tim Cook, and speculation about Jobs’ health and role as Apple’s chairman.

We join Jobs’ customers, competitors, partners and family in wishing him good health and long life, and also thanks for his many years of industry leadership. Call it the reality distortion field’s last flicker, but Steve Jobs is truly unique.

With the end of Jobs’ day-to-day involvement in Apple’s affairs, it’s worth noting that few of our industry’s founders remain at the helm of their companies. Bill Gates has moved on from Microsoft, and Scott McNealy’s company is part of Oracle. IBM, Intel and SAP’s leaders aren’t their founders; the less said about HP’s current leadership, the better.

For founders still running giant companies, we can look at Larry Ellison over at Oracle, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google, as well as Jeff Bezos at Amazon and Marc Benioff at Salesforce. There are a few others, to be sure. But there will never be another Steve Jobs.



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03/01/2012 12:47:00 AM EST

Your entry seems amolst as if it's an attack on patents in general. All patents, in any field, are in fact to protect intellectual property (i.e. thoughts) and thus provide commercial incentives to innovate. (Well, in theory anyway.) It's also not a problem that software patents incorporate prior ideas as long as they don't duplicate them; most advancements are evolutionary not revolutionary.However, patents are not supposed to be granted to obvious ideas such as online catalogs or O/R mapping and this is where the system seems to be failing lately. A particularly clever and original implementation of either of these may be patentable, but it would only narrowly protect that solution and not the whole problem it addresses.The situation isn't quite as bad as it seems though: Getting a patent and actually enforcing it are two different things entirely. Right or wrong it seems that when the patent office is in over their heads, they tend to err on the side of approval and let the courts sort it out.

SamoaLokman


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