At Apple, Brian Latimer was in charge of protecting some of the
company’s deepest secrets.
After an engineer accidentally left a test version of the iPhone 4
at a bar in 2010, Mr. Latimer set up a system to track, recover
and destroy prototypes of coming products. Later, he taught
overseas suppliers how to shield production lines and
compartmentalize information to avoid leaks.
Under Apple’s “need to know” philosophy, he did not even have
access to much of the information he helped to secure. And like
all Apple employees, he was discouraged from talking about his job
His current employer, Pearl Automation, could not be more
Founded in 2014 by three former senior managers from Apple’s iPod
and iPhone groups, Pearl has tried to replicate what its leaders
view as the best parts of Apple’s culture, like its fanatical
dedication to quality and beautiful design. But the founders also
consciously rejected some of the less appealing aspects of life at
Apple, like its legendary secrecy and top-down management style.
The start-up, which makes high-tech accessories for cars, holds
weekly meetings with its entire staff. Managers brief them on
coming products, company finances, technical problems, even the
presentations made to the board.
As the article notes, you just don’t see as many startups from Apple employees as you do from other companies.