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08-25-2011, 10:58 AM #1
With Jobs leaving, Apple's fans grapple with their faith
Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.
As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
Throughout the tech industry this afternoon, people are in shock. And even as word spreads that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is stepping down, those who are Apple's most devoted fans and users are struggling to decide if they should hold on to their faith in the company and its future products.
It's clear that there is no one in the tech world--or even the larger world of business--with a larger and broader influence on their company or their industry. And as the early hit to Apple's stock demonstrates, many are worried that the company without Jobs is a pale comparison of it with him.
"It's a sad day, it's a terrible day for technology," said Leander Kahney, editor of the Cult of Mac blog. "His contribution to culture is massive...He's had such a massive impact on everyone's lives. The products he's pioneered have become as big as the telephone, the car. We're all nerds now...No one can touch him, not even [Bill] Gates."
But as Andy Baio, a technologist and blogger who runs the blog Waxy.com and who spent his afternoon worrying about Jobs' health, put it, "The Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad weren't invented, designed, and marketed by one man."
Last edited by Caasanova; 08-25-2011 at 11:11 AM....being a human...
08-25-2011, 02:45 PM #2
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jobs and bill's couple was awesome
08-25-2011, 04:40 PM #3
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They don't have the guidance needed to make the educational decissions that would help them. I myself know very little about degrees and colleges but I'm learning what I can before i throw myself to the lions. It's very hard for someone to go from knowing nothing about what's available to knowing what they need to know. Also many people feel that getting an education isn't affordable. Really the only way for someone to afford college is to get a loan that pays 100% of expenses. Free career counciling and help applying for ***** and grants from the government would go a long way to better those who make very little money
08-30-2011, 01:01 AM #4
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