Steve Jobs

Apple built Keynote because Steve Jobs hates PowerPoint

PowerPoint is by far the worst app in the Microsoft Office suite, and it was probably the only application that Steve Jobs had to use before Keynote came out. There was no alternative for giving presentations at Macworld.

So what did Steve Jobs do? He built something better.

In this 2001 Macworld keynote address, Steve Jobs is clearly using Keynote, even though the application wasn’t released until January, 2003. Steve does not beta test every application Apple releases. But Keynote was his baby, something he badly needed. It was built for him.

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It’s always best to start a company or build a product around personal frustration, to solve a problem that you have yourself. Keynote is the best app in iWork suite. It’s clear how much Steve was involved with the development: it’s a joy to use, the level of polish is incredible.

Watch the 2001 PowerBook keynote here: 

p.s. Love this line from the presentation: “The new PowerBook G4 is absolutely where it’s at for power and sex.”

Hat tip @dcurtis for posting the video.

Steve Jobs is the master at telling people they don’t need something. That is, until Apple builds it :)

No Plans to Make a Tablet
Not Interested in the Cellphone Business
People Don’t Read Any More
No Movies on a Tiny Little Screen
We Don’t Need to Add New Stuff

This isn’t sneaky, it’s just being consistent with your currently shipping products. And to throw competitors off track.

Posterous doesn’t need a web editor, email is just fine šŸ˜‰

Yahoo! to close most offices over holidays. Apple shuts down over the holidays too. Except at Apple YOU GET PAID

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (TheStreet) — Yahoo!(YHOO Quote), in a cost-cutting move, will shut down its offices from Christmas through New Year’s Day.

It’s the first time Yahoo! has required most of its 13,200 employees to use vacation time or unpaid leave during the holidays, according to the Associated Press.

Yahoo! isn’t the only Silicon Valley company that will be closing most of its offices from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1. As they have in the past, Adobe(ADBE Quote) and Apple(AAPL Quote) will be closing offices during the holidays.

Yahoo!’s cost-cutting moves have included the elimination of about 2,000 jobs since September 2008. Revenue for the year at the Internet search company will decline for the first time since 2001.

Yahoo: you aren’t going to have happy, hard working employees if you force them to take time off. In fact, given your current struggles against Google/Microsoft, maybe the right idea here would be to work harder, more hours, and build something great.

Apple shuts down WITH PAY over the holidays. Steve Jobs often emails the company, “spend time with your friends and family.” But Apple can afford to do that because the rest of the year, everyone is working their ass off and releasing amazing stuff.

Apple is the best place ever to work. Well, other than Posterous. P.S. we’re hiring šŸ™‚

Steve takes a leave of absence from Apple

Yesterday Steve Jobs announced his illness is worse than he originally thought, and he’s taking a six month leave of absence from Apple. Whether or not he will be back in six months is questionable, but this is no doubt the beginning of the transition away from the iCeo.

Steve Jobs created the personal computer industry and made computing what it is today. Beautiful hardware, the best software in the world, digital songs on your iPod, HD movies on your Apple TV. None of this would exist without Steve Jobs. He has been able to push new standards, make deals with the media companies, and take risks on new products that no one else would touch. He runs Apple like a dictator, and he’s usually right.

Without Steve Jobs, we would all have Dell computers running Windows. Windows would be even worse than it is today. The scariest part is we wouldn’t even think to expect more. Google would still exist, but if Microsoft is an American car, Google is like a Toyota. It’s definitely better, and gets the job done. But how boring. I want a BMW.

Without Steve Jobs, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I got my first computer in 1992 at the age of 12. It was a Macintosh LC II. I have never owned a PC in my life and I hope I never will. It’s because of Steve’s Apple that I became passionate about computers and went into Computer Science. It’s because of Steve that I became passionate about *good* software, usability, and design. It’s because of him that I am as picky and snobby as I am, and I think that’s a good thing. I demand the very best, and I think everyone should.

Without Steve Jobs, there would be no Posterous. We probably wouldn’t have decided to create another web publishing tool. But if we did, it wouldn’t have the elegance and simplicity that it does. It would probably be some obtuse geeky thing that no one can understand, but they put up with. We always say we are doing Posterous “the Apple way” but I wonder if it’s really “the Steve way.”

I’ve had an amazing run with Apple. It’s definitely going to be different now. I interned with Apple in the summer of 2001, and then worked for them full time for 6 years. It was incredible to be on the inside of that company, especially during that period when Steve Jobs turned the company around.

At the end of 2001 I waited in line for 21 hours to be the first person to enter the Palo Alto Apple Store. Yes, it was crazy. But I met every Apple executive of the time, and I had a real one on one conversation with Steve Jobs himself.

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Also in 2001, I attended the introduction of the very first iPod. I was in the audience in Town Hall, surrounded by the media, Steve Jobs just a few feet from me, for the first time unveiling this device that changed everything. A $400 mp3 player? “It will never fly.” Well, the rest is history. You can actually see me in the audience in this Youtube video, at 5 minutes, 30 seconds.

Get well, Steve! I hope you’re back at Apple soon.