Post-Jobs: Apple Will 'Coast, Then Decelerate'

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Himanshugupta
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Re: Only time will tell
Himanshugupta   4/27/2012 1:01:24 PM
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Susan, i like your last paragraph. We can learn a lot by studying the life and struggle of great personality and how they become who they were. It is easy to follow what others did but difficut to achieve the same charisma and charm. Probably, tha's why we have no other Jobs or Gandhi.

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Himanshugupta   4/27/2012 1:01:24 PM
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Susan, i like your last paragraph. We can learn a lot by studying the life and struggle of great personality and how they become who they were. It is easy to follow what others did but difficut to achieve the same charisma and charm. Probably, tha's why we have no other Jobs or Gandhi.

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Barbara Jorgensen   4/27/2012 12:37:21 PM
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I shook my head in amazement when I saw Apple's earnings. I also read the Forrester commentray, and it is a well-reasoned argument.  As much as Jobs had achieved guru status, though, the company is still about products. The momentum has to abate at some point, but you still have to give the compnay credit for execution in the post-Jobs era.

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Susan Fourtané   4/27/2012 10:41:44 AM
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Hi, Bolaji 

After reading your blog I went on reading Colony's post, as you suggested. He certainly presents a good argument from a valid point of view. I tend to agree with the concept of charismatic leader and charismatic company to define both Steve Jobs and Apple. There is no doubt that Apple became the company it is today thanks to the creative and innovative mind of Steve Jobs and the products resulting from that creativity and innovation, and not for any great business formula. 

I have my doubts if Apple will continue to be the Apple we know today, or if it will evolve into a just another company. However, it is still way too soon to come to any conclusions after less than a year of Jobs' death and only two new products presented  to the market after that.  

I agree, however, that Apple needs another charismatic leader, preferably with the same creative and innovative mind. If Apple can find that magical person, it will be remain the same company. 

Once I told, commenting on one of your previous blogs about Apple and Jobs, that Apple would do magic if it teaches Apple's employees and executives all about Jobs' life, work and thinking. I believe if Apple would ask Steve Jobs for advice now he could say: "Study my life. My life is my message", just as Gandhi also did, if I can make this comparison of two great minds that I admire. 

-Susan 

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prabhakar_deosthali   4/27/2012 10:25:32 AM
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Any company which grows by virtue of the enigma of its charismatic leader has to trasnform itself into a professionally managed company someday to survive on long term basis.

With Steve Jobs departing , the time has come sooner for Apple to do that transformation  and I am sure the second rung leadership which worked for so many years in the shadow of that big personality will find that it is capable of converting Apple from an autocratically ruled one to a mature and professional company while keeping that spirit of innovation inculcated by Steve Jobs , intact..

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Himanshugupta   4/27/2012 9:47:12 AM
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i am of the same opinion that such a growth pace is hard to maintain but 2-4 years is a short time. A lot will depend on the next innovative product that Apple will launch (iTV?). Apple's product have huge demand, no doubt about it and the premium prices will make sure that the company differential its product. And Bolaji, you are right that developing countries is still an uncharted territory for Apple. Apple's magic is bound to work here.

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Bolaji Ojo   4/27/2012 7:27:34 AM
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The contrary argument, though, is that Apple is just beginning to expand its offerings internationally and there are many consumers globally who want the iPhone, iPad and the iPod series. Plus, Apple keeps hinting at other products it will roll out over the next years. It's possible we are the ones that don't see the "magic" of Apple!

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jbond   4/27/2012 6:49:34 AM
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I agree that Apple will decelerate. I think the 2-4 year range is about right. The company will continue to stay profitable, but this fast paced growth cannot continue. Apple needs a new leader to take them into the future. A leader that can help Apple innovate, instead of building off of existing products.

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elctrnx_lyf   4/27/2012 5:52:18 AM
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I do believe Apple will decelerate and become a normal company in few years if not in few months. COnsidering the great enrgy and creativity of steve jobs is no more available to apple we would see that APple might find it difficult to grow or bring out innovative products at the same rate.

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Nemos   4/26/2012 7:56:12 PM
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Very nice and interesting blog post. "I know many people in the industry believe Apple is infallible, but even if jobs was alive, the company was bound to hit a wall eventually." If we accept that aren't exist infallible people, then how it is possible to have infallible companies?

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