Posts Tagged ‘Steve Jobs’

*Steve Jobs and Philosophy* published by Shawn Klein

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Klein-Jobs-coverAnew book, Steve Jobs and Philosophy, edited by CEE’s Shawn E. Klein, is now published and available in bookstores and online.

Dr. Klein has assembled sixteen essays on Steve Jobs’s impact. Here is Klein’s summary:

“Jobs was an outstanding achiever and a complex man with serious faults. This book is neither demonization nor hagiography. It is not intended as indictment or apology. The chapters are thoughtful, mostly philosophical, examinations, from different points of view, of Steve Jobs’s life and work, and their impact on our culture and the way we live.”

CEE’s Stephen Hicks contributed an essay entitled “How Can We Make Entrepreneurs?”

The book is part of Open Court Publishing’s Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Here is the Amazon link for more information.

12 Lessons Guy Kawasaki Learned from Steve Jobs

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The day after Steve Jobs’ death last year, Silicon Valley VC Guy Kawasaki gave a speech about the two times he worked under Jobs and what he learned. Some highlights from his list: Don’t listen to the experts; all that matters is whether something works or not; and value is different from price. Watch his talk below:

How Did Steve Jobs Make an Enduring Company?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson explains the keys to what Jobs believed was his greatest achievement: turning Apple into an enduring company. The list includes: focus, simplicity, responsibility for the user experience, improving on competitors’ innovations, and perfectionism.

Read the article at Harvard Business Review.

Interview with Eduardo Marty

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Eduardo Marty is the Founder of Junior Achievement Argentina, an educational outreach program. Students in JA are taught how to prepare a business plan and raise funds. Approximately 50,000 students per year across Argentina participate. Marty has also held academic posts as professor at the University Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, and the University of Buenos Aires. He was the host of Buenos Aires’s major television talk show Boom—Politics and Economics. We met with Mr. Marty in Buenos Aires to talk about his business education programs for young people and the state of entrepreneurship in South America.

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Kaizen: Where did you grow up in Argentina?

Marty: In Buenos Aires. I went to elementary and high school here and the University too.

Kaizen: Before university, what was your education like?

Marty: Well, I went to school called National Buenos Aires. That’s the oldest high school in Buenos Aires, created in 1770. It’s a public school, but it’s a very prestigious one. It was the first school in Buenos Aires. To enter, you need to pass a very tough test once you finish elementary school. From five students submitting and applying—they accept just one. Our education is divided into elementary school and then secondary school. When I was in sixth grade I tried to pass the exam and I did it, so I was one year younger than the rest.

The Jewish community attends that school a lot. It is a very intellectual community here in Buenos Aires. By the way, you know that after New York Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish community in the hemisphere.

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Popular Science’s Best Innovations of 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Popular Science has a great, in-depth feature on the best innovations of 2010. The feature lists 100 innovations from various categories, including auto tech, computing, gadgets, green tech, and home entertainment, as well as the grand awards for the most innovative from each category. There are also interesting profiles of several innovators.

Check out the feature on Popular Science.

“Microsoft’s Creative Destruction”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Microsoft was working on e-books and tablet PCs a decade ago. So why did it never get around to releasing them? Why, with so many intelligent and talented employees, is it falling behind Apple in innovation? Dick Brass, who was a Microsoft vice president for seven years, explains how Microsoft’s lack of systems that support innovation lead to risk-avoidance and internal struggles that crush great ideas before they ever make it into the marketplace.

Read the article at the New York Times.

“You want more good jobs, spawn more Steve Jobs”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Thomas L. Friedman writes in a recent New York Times article that President Obama should be focusing on inspiring America’s youth to become entrepreneurial rather than playing the blame game with bankers. By contrast, Friedman praises Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti’s NFTE as an example of an organization doing excellent work with young entrepreneurs.

Read the full article here.

How Do Innovators Think?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

synapse“What makes visionary entrepreneurs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Ebay’s Pierre Omidyar and Meg Whitman, and P&G’s A.G. Lafley tick?”

Read this article at Harvard Business Review to find out.

Also of interest: Harvard Business Review’s Creativity at Work package.

What makes entrepreneurs tick?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

An interesting paper published this summer by Vivek Wadhwa et al.: “Anatomy of an Entrepreneur: Family Background and Motivation.”

The paper’s abstract:

“Entrepreneurs are among the most celebrated people in our culture. Celebrity entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, often grace the covers of prominent publications. These company founders and innovators fuel economic growth and give the nation its competitive edge.

“However, very little is known today about the backgrounds, life histories, motivations and beliefs of these entrepreneurs. So myths and stereotypes prevail. The commonly held belief is that entrepreneurs are young, lightly-educated, childless unmarried workaholics. They are perceived to come from rich families and graduate from elite colleges.

“But is this true?

“This research answers some of these questions. This is based on a survey of 549 company founders in 12 high-growth industries.

“It finds that most founders came from middle-class or upper-lower-class backgrounds, are well-educated and married with children. The strongest motivation for starting a company was to ‘build wealth.’ Other popular motivators included capitalizing on a business idea; the appeal of a startup culture; a desire to own a company; and a lack of interest in working for someone else.”

Here’s the link to the paper at the Social Science Research Network.