From the Editors: Sailing the winds of mobile change
By SD Times Editorial Board
September 15, 2011 —
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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.