COMMENTARY | Though Wall Street might have been a little shocked when the news of Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple's CEO was released on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the reality is, his company will mostly go on as usual.
I am from the San Francisco Bay area and quite familiar with the story of Jobs and his rise to fame in the tech industry. No doubt he is a great CEO in addition to being possibly one of the best inventors in technology there have ever been. Jobs has a total of 313 patents in which he is listed as the principal inventor, or as the only inventor. Bill Gates', founder of Microsoft Products, has nine.
As a consumer of many Apple products over the years, including my favorite, the iPod, as well as the iPhone, I have no hesitation about purchasing Apple products in the future.
Why? Tim Cook is taking over as CEO, and Jobs himself has given credit to Cook for much of Apple's success over the last 14 years. As most know, Jobs is admired for being forthright, even if he can be a more than a little tough to work for. You don't change the world being a pushover.
Jobs has stated that when he found Cook, he finally found someone he could "see eye-to-eye with", and he has not wavered on that stance.
With Jobs on medical leave due to his battle with pancreatic cancer for much of the last few years, Cook has been running Apple's day-to-day operations, and was the temporary CEO in 2004 and 2009.
Of course, Jobs is not leaving the company entirely. He will remain as Apple's Chairman of the Board, and in his resignation letter he stated, " I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role."
Jobs will not let Apple or consumers and fans of Apple products down anytime in the foreseeable future. That I am convinced of.
- Steve Jobs