It’s the first D Conference since Steve Jobs died last October.
That’s huge. After all, the D conference was the only non-Apple
event where the late Apple CEO deigned to appear. He was on stage
for six of the previous nine iterations, including a legendary
co-appearance with Bill Gates in 2007. You can even argue that
this is the conference that Steve built: A key reason that the
then-unfamiliar contender for the hotly competitive conference
dollar became a must-attend event was the announcement of Jobs’
presence. True, Bill Gates was a fantastic get — but Jobs was the
Holy Grail of speakers. Getting both was like hitting the daily
double at long-shot odds. And Jobs’ regular appearances made D
So it’s no wonder that his ghost haunts the proceedings.