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Steve Jobs
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In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Steve Jobs

It's not the tools that you have faith in - tools are just tools. They work, or they don't work. It's people you have faith in or not. Yeah, sure, I'm still optimistic I mean, I get pessimistic sometimes but not for long. Steve Jobs

First was the mouse. The second was the click wheel. And now, we're going to bring multi-touch to the market. And each of these revolutionary interfaces has made possible a revolutionary product - the Mac, the iPod and now the iPhone. Steve Jobs

The design of the Mac wasn't what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it's all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Steve Jobs

I get asked a lot why Apple's customers are so loyal. It's not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That's ridiculous. Steve Jobs

You'll see more and more perfection of that - computer as servant. But the next thing is going to be computer as a guide or agent. Steve Jobs

We want to reinvent the phone. What's the killer app? The killer app is making calls! It's amazing how hard it is to make calls on most phones. We want to let you use contacts like never before - sync your iPhone with your PC or mac. Steve Jobs

The system is that there is no system. That doesn't mean we don't have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that's not what it's about. Process makes you more efficient ... But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. It's ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea. Steve Jobs

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs

Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves Steve Jobs

So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.' Steve Jobs

Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. Steve Jobs

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions. [...] It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. [...] You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential. Steve Jobs

I'm one of those people that think Thomas Edison and the light bulb changed the world more than Karl Marx ever did. Steve Jobs

Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people. Steve Jobs

You need to have a collaborative hiring process. Steve Jobs

The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament. Steve Jobs

No one is going to buy a big phone. Steve Jobs

It gave a tremendous level of self-confidence, that through exploration and learning one could understand seemingly very complex things in one's environment. Steve Jobs

I got very interested in people who had discovered something more significant than ... intellectual, abstract understanding. Steve Jobs

I know you have 1000 great ideas for things that iTunes could do. And we have 1000 more. But innovation is not about saying "yes" to everything. It's about saying "no" to all but the most crucial features. Steve Jobs

Nobody has tried to swallow us since I've been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste. Steve Jobs

There's a lot of symbolism to your return. Is that going to be enough to reinvigorate the company with a sense of magic? Steve Jobs

Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don't know any better. Steve Jobs

Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Steve Jobs

Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat Steve Jobs

Sometimes life hits you like a brick in the face. Don't give up. Steve Jobs

By honoring the lives of those we admire, we make our own values known. Steve Jobs

Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Steve Jobs

Innovation means saying 'no' to a thousand things. Steve Jobs

Every good product I've ever seen is because a group of people cared deeply about making something wonderful that they and their friends wanted. They wanted to use it themselves. Steve Jobs

We live in an information economy. The problem is that information's usually impossible to get, at least in the right place, at the right time. Steve Jobs

We think that computers are the most remarkable tools that humankind has ever come up with, and we think that people are basically tool users. So if we can just get lots of computers to lots of people, it will make some qualitative difference to the world. Steve Jobs

The day I was born songs were on records, phones were tied down, computers needed rooms and the web was fiction. Change the world. You can. Steve Jobs

That's what makes great products. It's not process-it's content. Steve Jobs

Find people who are competent and really bright, but more importantly, people who care exactly about the same things you care about. Steve Jobs

I buy everything from CostCo. It's great; they've got everything I need. Steve Jobs

Follow your heart, but check it with your head. Steve Jobs

After all the statistics and calculations are formulated, the one element that breathes life into marketing is good design. Steve Jobs

Somewhere between the janitor and the CEO, reasons stop mattering. Steve Jobs

You've got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can't start with the technology and try to figure out where you're going to sell it. Steve Jobs

Companies must have a noble cause, and it's the leaders job to transform that noble cause into such an inspiring vision, that it will attract the most talented people in the world to want to join it. Steve Jobs

If Macintosh hadn't been successful, then I should have just thrown in the towel, because my vision of the whole industry would have been totally wrong. Steve Jobs

If you don't have a passion, you'll give up. Steve Jobs

The roots of apple were to build computers for people, not for corporations. The world doesn't need another dell or compaq. Steve Jobs

Apple is the only company in the world that has all of that under one roof. We can invent a complete a solution that works - and take responsibility for it. Steve Jobs

Stealing music is not right, and I can understand people being very upset about their intellectual property being stolen. Steve Jobs

Focusing is about saying No. Steve Jobs

For most of my life, I've felt that there must be more to our existence than meets the eye. This is who I am, and you can't expect me to be someone I'm not. Steve Jobs

Innovation is the only way to win. Steve Jobs

What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds. Steve Jobs

Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. Steve Jobs

I am saddened, not by Microsoft's success - I have no problem with their success. They've earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products. Steve Jobs

We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We're creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or a poet. That's how you have to think of this. We're rewriting the history of human thought with what we're doing. Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Steve Jobs

You have to be burning with "an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right." If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out. Steve Jobs

Everything is important- that success is in the details. Steve Jobs

Many companies forget what it means to make great products. After initial success, sales and marketing people take over and the product people eventually make their way out. Steve Jobs

If you keep your eye on the profit, you're going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow. Steve Jobs

At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days. We attract a different type of person-a person who doesn't want to wait five or ten years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a little dent in the universe. We are aware that we are doing something significant. We're here at the beginning of it and we're able to shape how it goes. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. Steve Jobs

A lot of people think big business in America is a bad thing. I think it's a really good thing. Most people in business are ethical, hard-working, good people. And it's a meritocracy. Steve Jobs

Our approach is to think of companies not as businesses but as collections of people. We [Apple]want to qualitatively change the way people work. We don't just want to help them do word processing faster or add numbers faster. We want to change the way they can communicate with one another. We're seeing less paper flying around and more quality of communication. Steve Jobs

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it... Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again. Steve Jobs

We wanted to more richly experience why we were alive, not just make a better life, and so people went in search of things. The great thing that came from those that time was to realize that there was definitely more to life than the materialism of the late sixties and early sixties. We were going in search of something deeper. Steve Jobs

When I went to school, it was right after the '60s and before this general wave of practical purposefulness had set in.... The idealistic wind of the '60s was still at our backs, though, and most of the people I know who are my age have that engrained in them forever. Steve Jobs

When we started off we didn't know how to spell software. Steve Jobs

When the sales guys run the company, the product guys do not matter so much, and a lot of them just turn off. Steve Jobs

I'm not worried about the country's long-term future. This country is insanely great. What I'm worried about is that we don't talk enough about solutions. Steve Jobs

It does' make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. Steve Jobs

Breakthrough is how to distinguish a leader and who followed Steve Jobs



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