A Lasting Legacy
We so often see people point out the most irrelevant facts about Steve Jobs, but in the end, it comes down to results, as stated in "The Lost Tapes of Steve Jobs." Sure, Jobs may not have been an engineer or a scientist. Instead, he was a businessman with vision, taste, and will, focused on technology. He was and is the stitching holding together Apple's fabric—fabric that is some of the finest on the planet.
Fast Company always brings it! Jobs was a genius and understood the necessity to keep the power in his hands—it had to be his way or the highway. Bringing others in the power matrix opens the door for a hater to slit your throat. How long will Apple churn on Steve's vibe? We will see.
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This is a great article. I was disappointed that (among other things) Walter Isaacson's book didn't spend more time on the "wilderness years." This really helps connect the dots.
Suffering from Steve Jobs exhaustion, but this article was still worth the read.
The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes—this was actually more interesting than reading the Isaacson biography
Fascinating! Why feeling lost now might be just the ticket later . . . Steve Jobs lost tapes via Fast Company
Lost Conversations from Steve Jobs's Best Years—for realz Jobs's life is operatic material—libretto anyone?
One of the best deconstructions of Apple/Next/Pixar ever written. Pixar begat the string of Apple icon products.
Googling For Investments
With respect to Google Ventures' desire to attract Twitter followers, I'm certain it's not just about a study around the number of tweets per day—it's a dynamic and complex alchemy ("Google's Creative Destruction"). You must have a relationship with followers, make them feel valuable, help them understand the value you're offering, and achieve focus.
A lot depends on how Google Ventures sources deals. There are a lot of big ideas that must be escaping Google's radar. In addition, it also needs to showcase some of its wins.
Thank you for "The House of Second Chances" about Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries. So often, our society celebrates innovation only in its technological form, but Father Boyle embodies the ultimate innovation—innovation of the spirit. By opening up his heart, risking vulnerability, and giving second chances, he is the model of a way of life we need to see more of, especially in a magazine like Fast Company. Like Father Boyle, I also believe that former KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz didn't arrive at Homeboy by accident. Call it divine intervention or the power of being connected, but their collaboration brings the spirit and the bottom line together in a beautiful way. I hope to see more inspiring articles that expand our understanding of what it means to be fast and innovative.
I spoke in defense of Father Boyle a few months ago at a gang seminar in Utah. It seems the cops, generally speaking, do not like him for opting for love over suppression. I visited Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles last May and can say that the people there are doing what Jesus did: helping the poor and rejected.
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A version of this article appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.