I do wonder if it will be possible to rally people around the cause of pancreatic cancer with such a public figure struck down by it. From what I understand, that diagnosis is always a death sentence. There is no hope for anyone afflicted with it; they literally only have a few months to live.
It's a loss when anyone at such a young age succumbs to a terminal disease or a sudden tragedy. Steve Jobs did what he wanted to do for as long as possible, and I'm sure he worked tirelessly to ensure the succession at Apple would go as well as possible via Tim Cook's leadership.
I'm not an Apple insider, nor do I have any sources within the company to give me their perspective, yet based on what I viewed earlier this week from the Apple I4S intro (recorded on Apple.com) the tone and demeanor of the leaders at Apple is just as confident and on-purpose as Steve Jobs would have wanted it. That's the mark of a good leader.
Best wishes to the Jobs' family and to the employees at Apple worldwide.
Bolaji, you are correct that in the next few weeks -- after it is appropriate to do so -- analysts will be very openly questioning Apple's future and valuation. It is difficult for many to think of such things so soon after his passing, but unfortunately this is the reality.
And of course the Jobs mystique carries on even after his death: he is possibly the most well-known and revered leader of ANY company. As you correctly say, his image and pitchman skills were likely worth billions and I don't believe that to be an exaggeration. Yet still, putting the mystique aside, he is just one person and Apple did not collapse in his absence.
It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out. I do think we'll see an increase in the amount of negativity and concern surrounding Apple's future in the coming months. But on the other hand, Apple has had an amazing run... to continue that kind of incredible growth in the current economic climate is something I don't think was sustainable. Even if Jobs was still around.
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