Friday, October 02, 2015

How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina — Backchannel — Medium

Final paragraphs from a Steven Levy reality check

"In short, Fiorina’s “good friend” Steve Jobs blithely mugged her and HP’s shareholders. By getting Fiorina to adopt the iPod as HP’s music player, Jobs had effectively gotten his software installed on millions of computers for free, stifled his main competitor, and gotten a company that prided itself on invention to declare that Apple was a superior inventor. And he lost nothing, except the few minutes it took him to call Carly Fiorina and say he was sorry she got canned.
Those considering pulling a ballot lever for Fiorina should consider what she told me in January 2004 about why she thought Apple went to her for the iPod deal: “I think what Apple saw is an innovative company that they respected.” But Jobs and Apple apparently had a different view. As that aforementioned source told me, “We knew we were snowing them the entire time!”
Not an encouraging precedent for a person who wants to deal with Vladimir Putin."
How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina — Backchannel — Medium
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