Steve Jobs was a jerk. Good for him.

By Gene Marks   Article

“But I wasn’t learning much about Steve Jobs the person.  The boss. …

That is until I read this great piece from Ryan Tate.  And I really began to learn something about Steve Jobs.  Jobs wasn’t successful just because he was creative, brilliant and hardworking.  There are a lot of creative, brilliant and hardworking people running technology businesses.  Jobs had an extra little something going on that further separated him from his peers:  He was a jerk.  Good for him. … because being creative and hard working isn’t that uncommon.  Being a jerk is.

Tate says that Jobs exercised censorship and authoritarianism.  To put anything on an Apple device you needed Apple’s permission.  “Apple’s devices have connected us to a world full of information,” he writes.  “But they don’t permit a full expression of ideas.  Indeed the people Apple supposedly serves – the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers – have been particularly put out by Jobs’ lockdown.”

Jobs wasn’t about to let anyone use his products for activities that would negatively reflect on his company.    He knew the risks of giving up control.  He knew that people would accuse him of restricting free expression.  He didn’t care.  He was a jerk. …

“Inside Apple,” Tate continues, “there is a culture of fear and control around communication:  Apple’s “Worldwide Loyalty Team” specializes in hunting down leakers, confiscating mobile phones and searching computers. … Wow, the Apple Gestapo.  I love that too.”

 

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