It is the most successful business of our times. With the iPod, the iPhone, and then the iPad, Steve Jobs and Apple turned the music, mobile and computing and publishing industries upside down. The coolest, most innovative business in the world became the biggest company in the world.
But at the end of 2011 Steve Jobs died.
The question that no one dared asked was a simple one? Could the company survive without the driven, intense industrial genius who created it?
In this brilliant, forensically argued essay, business writer and technology entrepreneur Paul Tuner argues that it cannot.
Some companies create a new system for making things – and they can endure for decades after the founder has died. But others rest on the brilliance and creativity of a single individual – and they can’t survive their passing.
Apple depended on Jobs.
And less than two years after his passing it is missing him already.
Paul Turner is a business writer and technology entrepreneur.
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