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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
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Oct 14, 2016

really liked it
Recommended to Fahim by: zaki

Damn that was a long read, even changez khan's biography (who happened to conquer have the world) was shorter. Nonetheless, worth the read.

The biography for me was a battle to understand was jobs a good guy or not. I think we have to ignore that. He was a selfish guy, who did not often care for people or things, he wasn't a humanitarian, a philanthropist nor did he want to fix the world.

What he want to do was to make great usable products and leave his mark on the world, in which he succeeded.

And he succeeded in a way other companies never can. Apple was not apple it was not a corporation it was jobs and jobs alone. The closed system is the direct reflection of who job was, apple is not a product designed by market research but one man's personality. One man's need to control everything, to have it look white sleek and perfect, one man's vision to have everyone go on one path one experience his path his experience.

Jobs success for me is the ability of one man to have it his way in a public company with a board. To get the people he wanted, to get them to do what he wanted. Through charm, wit or full blown out anger.

No CEO has ever had such an immense influence on the product of the company as jobs has from Apple to Pixar.

Jobs is what every management books tells you what not to do but he made it work, not only made it work he made it work to be the most valuable tech company in the world.

Walter Isaacson, in his usual self does a fantastic job of writing an unbiased biography. Spending so much time with someone specially with his reality distortion field must influence a person to change his views. But Isaacson is a true professional getting every detail unbiased and correct.

There's a lot to learn from this book, but personally replicating success based on jobs's personality is not one of them. Great Great read.

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Reading Progress

July 13, 2016 – Shelved
July 13, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
September 29, 2016 – Started Reading
October 14, 2016 – Finished Reading

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