Is Apple Really Doomed Without Steve Jobs As Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Suggested Recently?
Steve Jobs was Apple. Sure, there were a lot of other people—a lot of other people!—who helped the brand get off the ground and turned it into one of the most important companies in the world. However, Jobs was the heart and soul of the company. There’s a reason that there’s a movie called Jobs coming out this month; it’s because Jobs was that important to both Apple and the world. But now that Jobs has passed away, is Apple really doomed as some people out there have suggested in the past?
Larry Ellison, the CEO of the Oracle company, seems to think so. He sat down with Charlie Rose for CBS This Morning recently and shared his thoughts on the future of Apple. And those thoughts most definitely aren’t positive. In fact, Ellison seems to think that Apple is destined to fail now that Jobs isn’t around anymore.
“We already know,” he said when asked about the future of the company, before talking about the time Jobs was fired by Apple back in 1985. “We conducted the experiment. It’s done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs [points a finger in the air]. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs [points the finger down]. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs [points the finger in the air again]. And now, we’re going to see Apple without Steve Jobs.”
Is he right? Is Apple really doomed without Steve Jobs? We wouldn’t count on it. While it will take the company some time to find their footing in the post-Steve Jobs era, Jobs didn’t build the company alone. He surrounded himself with smart, capable people. So hopefully, they’re able to fulfill his vision. But even if they aren’t, there are hundreds, even thousands of people out there who want to work for Apple and who are experienced enough to help the brand continue to grow. The key for Apple? Finding those people, bringing the right ones in, and letting them do their thing. It’s something they’ll have to think long and hard about moving forward.
In the meantime, watch this video to hear more of Ellison’s thoughts on Apple. Regardless of whether he’s right or wrong, it’s interesting to hear what he has to say.