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Off-topic: Thoughts on Steve Jobs Resignation As CEO Of Apple

I am (more or less) an Apple fanboy. Not of their products (though I do love some of them). No, I’m a huge fan of their vision: Making “insanely great” products. That vision comes directly from now-former CEO Steve Jobs. What do I mean? Well, here’s a partial list of Jobs’ “insanely great” offerings over the years:

  • Apple II
  • Mac
  • iPod
  • iTunes
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • App stores
  • Pixar Animation
  • Executive Producer of “Toy Story”
  • Oh, and founder of Apple

That’s a hell of résumé, one that reflects a continual commitment to excellence we all should aspire to.

There’s a report that Jobs will remain hands-on, albeit in a greatly diminished role. And that “…Jobs, while seriously ill, is very much alive.” That’s good news. Obviously, Jobs’ first concern needs to be his health. He’s still a young man, a husband and a father. His health takes priority over anything his company does.

At the same time, I have no idea what will happen to Apple without Jobs at the helm. But I hope, for the sake of the company and consumers, that they maintain Jobs’ commitment to excellence, with or without him. When companies like HP have to shut down their tablet division just 6 weeks following the introduction of their first tablet, you have to wonder who else can deliver such game-changing devices and customer experiences—or will make the effort to do so if not chasing Apple.

If not, Jobs will be missed by many more people than just Apple’s employees and shareholders.

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