Will Steve Jobs reincarnate?

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    Posted: 15 January 2009 01:26 PM

    I think all the pundits and bloggers are spinning their wheels focusing on whether Steve Jobs has cancer or not, or is coming back or not, or if Apple knew more than they said. The real issue that the blogosphere has to focus their precious resources on is whether or not Steve Jobs is going to reincarnate. And if so, whether or not Apple is going to acknowledge it in a timely fashion.

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    Posted: 15 January 2009 03:30 PM #1

    The important issue here is whether the current management (without SJ shepherding) can run the company well for at least 5 years.

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    Posted: 15 January 2009 05:14 PM #2

    Well, since you want to be serious, your concern is only valid if it is true that although Steve Jobs has shown an uncanny ability to know exactly (or near enough to use that term) what people need, he has been completely incompetent in that regard toward what Apple needs. Or perhaps, we can fall in with the group who sees him as so completely arrogant that he was too busy showing off than to properly staff his organization.

    I see no rational reason to believe that Steve Job’s uncanny ability to cut through confusing signals and see right to the heart of a matter would not have been just as focused on building a best in class organization as well as best in class products. In fact, I think it is irrational to think that the latter could have occurred without the former. Unless you think he was just lucky…

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  • Posted: 15 January 2009 05:24 PM #3

    Well stated.

         
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    Posted: 16 January 2009 01:51 PM #4

    Apple can roll without Jobs behind the wheel. Remember that Apple’s largest growth period actually occurred under John Sculley, and that went on for about a decade after he left the first time.

    Why even bother speculating about this? Steve will be back in June.

         
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    Posted: 16 January 2009 02:06 PM #5

    xmattingly - 16 January 2009 05:51 PM

    Apple can roll without Jobs behind the wheel. Remember that Apple’s largest growth period actually occurred under John Sculley, and that went on for about a decade after he left the first time.

    Why even bother speculating about this? Steve will be back in June.

    After a year of SJ’s resignation, AAPL went into a multi-year decline from 1987 to 1997.  Dropping from $10.87 (split adjusted) to $3.19 (split adjusted).  SJ returned in 1997.  Btw, the speculation is about whether SJ would return in Jun.

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    Posted: 16 January 2009 02:44 PM #6

    Mace - 16 January 2009 06:06 PM

    After a year of SJ’s resignation, AAPL went into a multi-year decline from 1987 to 1997.  Dropping from $10.87 (split adjusted) to $3.19 (split adjusted).  SJ returned in 1997.  Btw, the speculation is about whether SJ would return in Jun.

    They grew under Sculley. The decline didn’t start to happen until the early to mid-90’s; roughly about the time their latest CEO was hiding in the closet. Stock prices don’t mean diddly; Apple shares are worth about half what they were a year ago, but they’re still very profitable and gaining market share.

    There is speculation about a lot of things. Many are speculating about whether or not Jobs has a recurrence of cancer. The title of this thread is “Will Steve Jobs reincarnate?”—that would indicate more of an Eastern philosophy than a question of whether he will return in June.

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  • Posted: 19 January 2009 11:22 AM #7

    Aren’t we getting ahead here. He didn’t say he was retiring. He’s going to get better and come back in early July or late June.
    So the whole retirement thing is pretty premature and a waste of time. Not to mention if the stock analysts hear or see this, THEY"LL FREAK OUT!!!!!

    IDIOTS!!!!!!

         
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    Posted: 19 January 2009 11:42 AM #8

    Calm down.  The analysts were the first to write SJ obituary.  It’s done and Mike Abramsky is leading the pack, touting ‘weak management’ behind his Sell/Underperform rating.  These fools never understood this company has the finest bench in the industry.

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