A Macintosh with a Byte

Did you ever wonder who created the trash can icon on your computer? It came from a designer working on the first Macintosh. The year was 1981. No one really knew what a computer should look like and what it…

The Apple I and the iPad

Steve Jobs had been pruning Gravenstein apple trees at the All One Farm and was on one of his “fruitarian diets” when he and Steve Wozniak tried to figure out a name for their new firm. Rejecting Matrix, Executek and…

Encouraging Innovation

“Steve had this firm belief that the right kind of building can do great things for a culture.” The Steve is Steve Jobs and the building is Pixar’s headquarters. (The quote came from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs) The usual Hollywood…

“Tweakers”

Referring to Steve Jobs, most of us think of innovation and entrepreneurship. Like Thomas Friedman in “(Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” we imagine business starters and young Thomas Edisons. Instead, in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell tells us that Jobs…

Innovation and (Steve) Jobs

From the iPhone and iPod to a…thermostat? At a Silicone Valley start-up, a former Apple design leader has switched his focus to diminishing carbon emissions, decreasing electric bills, and moderating energy usage. He has changed from iPhones and iPods to…

Steve Jobs Quotes

“I’m one of those people who think that Thomas Edison and the light bulb changed the world a lot more than Karl Marx ever did.” (From Insanely Great, p. 26) “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.”…

Steve Jobs and Joseph Schumpeter

Henry Ford once said that consumers would have requested “a better horse” if he had asked them what to produce. Similarly, Steve Jobs told a reporter, “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” The result? For Henry…

Apple’s Patents

An ibike? A solar-powered iPhone? Or maybe an iKey?  During 2010, Apple received 563 patents. In addition to the iBike, a solar-powered iPhone, and an iKey, Apple’s patents included a wand remote and a touchscreen iMac. When asked about Apple’s…

Innovative Thoughts

Saying we need “More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” journalist Tom Friedman reminded us that economic “stimulation” is more important than economic stimulus. Using the creative, successful, and competitive co-founder and current CEO of Apple as his example, Friedman says innovation…