I have never been an Apple fan boy. My computer life started on MS-DOS, and viewing technology as purely a way to get things done, I tend not to jump technology platforms unless something forces it on me. I do have a dated iPod I use when working out and love iTunes because it unites two of my passions – music and research. But that is about it for any Apple products.

Nonetheless, I had started a creativity-oriented blog post for today, but couldn’t see running it given the news. While I tend to not conform the blog’s writing schedule to current events, it would be ridiculous on an innovation and creativity-focused blog to simply march ahead with whatever the next blog post was without at least a moment of “blog silence” for Steve Jobs.

Because whether or not I’ve been on the Apple bandwagon all these years, you have to acknowledge Jobs’ incredible disruptive, creative genius in business, design, and leadership.

For that, I will always be in awe.

There are very few people hard-wired the way Steve Jobs was.

For the rest of us, it comes down to trying to figure out if there are tools to push our thinking down comparably disruptive paths – minus the brain matter and perspective Steve Jobs had to look at the world with such an elegantly disruptive mentality.

So while Steve Jobs’ passing doesn’t hit me with a critical fear of future cool product deprivation, it hits me because an amazing creative business genius is gone today. – Mike Brown

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9 Responses to “I’m Not on the Apple Bandwagon, but Here’s a Moment of “Blog Silence””

  1. Jan Leslie says:

    My husband and I were discussing Jobs’ death on the way into work today. Neither of us uses Apple devices, but we both agreed that he was a true innovator in business and technology. He will be missed.

    Perhaps most telling is that neither of us needed an introduction to who he was.

    • Mike Brown says:

      Great point of view, Jan. I didn’t want to go overboard here in a way that wasn’t credible, but I felt really compelled to at least mark his passing.

  2. Lisa says:

    My life started with CP/M – sort of the precursor to MS-DOS (that’s begets a whole Bill Gates conversation, which is not appropriate now).  Kernels of it are still around in various operating systems – Unix, etc.  Steve was the definition of innovation (along with the PARC lab) – his picture should be along side of the word in the dictionary.  He understood the ‘implementation” of technology for humans.  And a marketeer supreme.  I own an iPod and absolutely love it.

    • Mike Brown says:

      Great addition, Lisa! And you got me on CP/M – I forgot my dad gave me a “portable” Osborne computer to use in grad school which ran on CP/M!

  3. Lisa says:

    Here’s a quote my FB friend posted: 

    “Geniuses are like thunderstorms. They go against the wind, terrify people, cleanse the air.” – Kierkegaard

  4. Leslie says:

    I love Jobs’ quote from this Ted talk: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

    If you haven’t seen the complete talk, take a look:


  5. Chuck Dymer says:

    Mike, as you know, I’ve always been an Apple Fanboy. MS-DOS reminds me of a car with a crank starter and manual transmission. Why would one want to bother with that when you can purchase a car with both an electric starter and automatic transmission? Jobs and Apple have built products that are both elegant and easy-to-use. Real product genius in my mind.
    But the real test of Steve Jobs’ “creative business genius” will be manifest (or not) in the next few years. Creative business genius is the leader’s ability to bring the creative best out of his/her team now and into the future. If Apple continues to produce and sell elegant, easy-to-use products into the next decade, then Steve Jobs will truly have been a business genius. 


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