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iCon Steve Jobs
How Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs survived his past and his failures to become a giant in movies, computers and music.

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9 Overall

7 Applicability

8 Innovation

10 Style

 

Review

Though unabashedly adulatory, this unauthorized biography of Steven Jobs - co-founder of Apple Computers and head of Pixar Studios - shows how he nearly squandered his career and fortune on ill-conceived and badly managed ventures. The writing is savvy and lively - if not always chronologically linear. The pace is quick and even readers with scant interest in computers, technology or animated movies will find the tale entertaining. Authors Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon wisely focus on how Jobs learned from his failures and became a success again by recognizing his own limitations. In that respect, getAbstract believes Jobs’ journey holds important business and life lessons, and recommends it highly to all business readers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How, as a young man, Steven Jobs was instrumental in launching the personal computer revolution
  • How his reckless management and difficult personality cost him his post at Apple Computer
  • How he overcame a string of failures to become a titan in three major industries: computers, movies and music
 

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"Flowering and Withering"
Steve Jobs has always had charisma. In his early career as head of Apple Computer, Inc., some said that was all he had. But by the time he took the MacWorld Expo stage in January 2000 to announce that he was returning as Apple’s permanent CEO, he was...
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About the Authors

Jeffrey S. Young is a founding editor of MacWorld magazine, a former reporter for The Hollywood Reporter and Forbes, founder of Forbes.com and the author of the unauthorized biography, Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward. William L. Simon is the award-winning author of more than 20 books. He co-authored The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion.


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    null 10 months ago
    Full of abilities his life is amazing to me.That is rare and
    expensive of his actions are not seeing and looking for
    me after of his death.l alway think that l lost my honori
    fic hero.
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    Pradeep Wadwalkar 3 years ago
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    Gustavo Chavez Destunez 4 years ago
    Very good actions Steve made during his leadership on the different business.His comment "give the people what they want" was the start to innovation and many useful things for the future.

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