What exactly is it that Steve Jobs does?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by MVApple, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. MVApple macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just feeling curious about what exactly it is Jobs does. I know he's the face of the company, but is he involved in the actual design and development of products?
     
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    He's the CEO, that is, he makes all the executive decisions. Nothing would get greenlighted, killed off, postponed, moved up, etc without his knwoledge and approval.

    He is not directly involved in the design of products most of the time (design is headed by jonathan ives, who jobs seems to trust a great deal), but does offer guidance. I remember s story that he had the idea for the "sunflower" style g4 iMac, but he still wasn't the one who designed it. I get the impression he's more like to be the person who says "not good enough" more than anything else.
     
  3. wronski macrumors 6502

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    Motivates, drives, sees that things are done a certain way.
     
  4. jfull15 macrumors 6502

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    Every mac shipped was handmade by Steve himself.

    On the more serious note, Steve plays a huge role in the company. It's pretty safe to say that he makes all the decisions regarding which products to pursue, design choices, etc. He handles most of the deals made with record labels, movie studios, hardware companies, etc. I'm sure he also works with his Senior VP's on pricing, financial goals, marketing decisions, etc.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Seems we only get $1 worth of work out of him a year, and pay him a heft bonus if he does more than that.
     
  6. nplima macrumors 6502a

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  7. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Well… dontcha know they had Jobs in mind when this was penned…

    All together now:

    "He's got the whole world in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands

    He's got the itty bitty baby in His hands
    He's got the itty bitty baby in His hands
    He's got the itty bitty baby in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands

    He's got a-you and me brother in His hands
    He's got a-you and me brother in His hands
    He's got a-you and me brother in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands

    He's got a-you and me sister in His hands
    He's got a-you and me sister in His hands
    He's got a-you and me sister in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands

    He's got the whole world in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands
    He's got the whole world in His hands"

    Repeat ad nauseum.

    :rolleyes:
     
  8. pawn3d macrumors regular

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    i believe he's the head of design, though now days his job is probably more like a "yes"/"no" or "i like that idea" "i don't like that one".

    and he does keynotes.
     
  9. jfull15 macrumors 6502

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    Steve is CEO.
    Jony Ive is Senior VP of Industrial Design
     
  10. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    I would say he is pretty involved with design. In fact, he's obsessed with it. You should read the Second Coming of Steve Jobs. I believe it talks about how he carried the original iMac's translucent plastic shell around with him for months as he felt it was the future of Apple.

    Also, in most of Apple's design patents he is usually one of the many credited on the patent application.

    Jobs is a true micromanager at least in the categories he's interested in.
     

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