One of the users of YouTube have posted a rare excerpts from the speech by Steve jobs to students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The founder of Apple talks about his thoughts after his dismissal from his own company and says, why some products were not as successful as hoped. Unfortunately, the recordings have now been removed from popular video-sharing (for some reason), but we managed to get some abstracts.
After leaving Apple:
I think that all is lost. I believe that lost. I wanted to dedicate my life to working there. I believe that Apple lost, and with it we lost our customers. However, having said all this, what’s next? Life goes on. It’s not so bad when compared with many other things. It’s not as bad as losing a hand. People work, companies operate, and every time I rejoice when Apple releases a new Mac.
On why the company is focusing on users:
Right now Apple is not invested in the development of products for advanced users. Instead, the entire focus is on the average consumer. The company sent the best people to work on mass products. And I think they do an excellent job with this.
The opening of new opportunities for market:
To create a commercial product that is technically dominates the others, it will take about 5 years. This means that there is a lot of work. In our case it was with the Apple II and the Mac. As you know, our failure with the Lisa cost us a hundred million dollars.
About hiring the best:
If you’ll settle for just good employees, but not the best, it is a compromise. I have always believed that it is better not to go for it, just say “get out.”
I want to believe that the recordings still are available — there is a lot of interesting.