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A Dozen Things Tren Griffin Learned From Steve Jobs About Business

From a collection of great Steve Jobs quotes, collected and commented on by Tren Griffin:

“The difference between the best worker on computer hardware and the average may be 2 to 1, if you’re lucky. With automobiles, maybe 2 to 1. But in software, it’s at least 25 to 1. The difference between the average programmer and a great one is at least that. The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world. And when you’re in a field where the dynamic range is 25 to 1, boy, does it pay off.”

Update: DF reader Scott Manders emailed with a trenchant observation:

The most striking thing to me about the linked article is how the tortured Microsoftian doublespeak in the author’s comments dilutes away the purity and simplicity of the wisdom conveyed in Job’s words. In a way it’s a perfectly encapsulated example of the differences between Apple and Microsoft. All you have to do is read the article to understand the most important differences between the two companies.

I.e., one thing Griffin seemingly didn’t learn from Steve Jobs is how to write/speak with plain, clear, crisp words.

Monday, 29 December 2014