18 thoughts on “Why No One Will Replace Bill & Steve”

  1. He almost singlehandedly built an era, almost. The one thing he is missing, (and you can sometimes see this in his face) is he never built that beloved brand.

    Oh, how he would have wanted that! Even when GM was making total crap (was?), there were folks that would stand next to their trucks or Caddies and and lovingly proclaim, “I’m a GM man!”. Apple built that. Even Intel and AMD have their pride of ownership club.

    But no one ever throws their arm around a Microsoft product and declares fealty. Xbox maybe. Maybe….

    He came, he dominated, he prospered, he gave. Maybe that’s enough?

  2. OM, you are way off the mark with Bezos here. I used to work for Amazon for 5 years, and I watched the top down management style push out nearly every great engineer. The question you should ask anyone who works for Amazon is: so, what’s your excuse for not leaving?

    Even in the webservices arm of Amazon, where attrition hasn’t decimated an entire generation of technological leaders, you are adrift in a company that doesn’t have a very strong engineering culture. It has a “get it done now” culture. I would never go back to that place for any amount of RSUs (I left behind over 1500).

    And this is the next bill gates? This developer says not. Bezos is a business guy, not technology.

  3. These guys were good. The organizations they established have grown large and gone public. These organizations now have a life of their own and don’t necessarily need a figurehead/spokesman.

    Bill is moving on with his life – like everyone else he still has a lot to learn about his next adventure, that is probably why he’s moving on; an even greater challenge.

  4. OM – good commentary – a nice tribute the man called Bill Gates.

    BUT, by bringing in the reference to the moronic commentary by Erick Schoenfeld you took away some of the “class” that is normally attributed to your writings. You are a blogger in your own right – please keep it that way – and don’t pollute the GigaOM genre with the ones that do not deserve a mention in your category.

  5. No one can replace Steve Jobs. That’s why when Steve does eventually leave Apple will be in big trouble because no one can take his place. Who can have the presence of a Steve Jobs?

  6. Tribute to Bill Gates !! Yeah he made lots money selling and still is Crappy Software and exploiting market with his monopolistic and taking no prisoner attitude and doing all these things which any software company should be ashamed of !! This blog is going to dogs !! I really liked reading you , now i think i will remove it from rss reader , who knows whats next, tribute to hitler !!

  7. Apple will certainly take a stock hit with Mr Jobs decides to call it a day, but to say Apple will be in big trouble is just wrong. Microsoft has suffered from a lack of focus (critical thinking). Since his return, Jobs has laid out a long term plan, executed very well and modified the plan as needed as the market changed. Apple always applies critical thinking to problems, a skill that is likely burned into all senior management and will serve Apple well in the long term.

  8. Great commentary Om, and very true…the others are in the minor leagues. The other aspect missing from the current generation is truly a rivalry that helps push the companies to new heights. Some arguments can be made the neither Steve nor Bill would have really achieved their greatness without the other…

  9. Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook? I don´t think so; the guy needs more experience and humility. Learn that from Bill.

  10. The key of MS was and is marketing, marketing and selling PCs with a preinstalled Windows.

    What would be, if Bill and Steve had not sell QDOS for IBM and later there software got no success?

    Would we all be mac users now? 🙂 Or with OS/2?

  11. Oh, why no mention of Elon Musk? I think Elon has what it takes. Look what he’s doing with SpaceX. If his next rocket actually places something into orbit he will be playing in the big leagues with boeing and lockheed. Tesla motors will most certainly be a huge IPO, he bought SolarCity at just the right time, and he doesn’t appear to have any intention of stopping.

  12. You said “the global distribution of intelligence makes is hard for any one person or company to build a monopoly” — Om, let’s hope that you’re right, and restraint-of-trade as a business strategy isn’t continually rewarded by wealth and power.

    Perhaps the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice will come out of hibernation with a new president in the Whitehouse. One can only hope.

  13. This was may answer to the referred article in TC:

    I think these people are all very capable and I have a great deal of respect – if not some healthy envy – for all of them; but the only one that from an influence point of view can come close if not surpass Gates in some respects is Jobs. Am I a fan of Jobs? not. Not a fan, but I have respect for him as much as I do for Gates.

    We are yet to see an influencer such as Gates, Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee , Jerry Young, and a handful more. None of the guys you listed above come close to any of these guys I just listed; and I mean no disrespect to any of them either. But really, put things in perspective.

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