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Moderate to aggressive stock portfolio. Marketing Director for a Silicon Valley high-tech company. Apple evangelist for years and I am objective - when they do well, I cheer, when they don't, I say so. University of Colorado graduate with degree in Economics.
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  • Steve Jobs Is NOT God 14 comments
    Oct 3, 2012 5:53 PM | about stocks: AAPL

    Did I catch you off guard? Is that a blasphemous comment? Some of the AAPL-ites on Seeking Alpha might think so, the non-fans would say absolutely not. I am a huge AAPL fan - customer and investor and I say no. Was he a visionary? Yes. Was he a genius? Yes. Was he an outlier? Absolutely.

    One of Steve's "lost" tapes has resurfaced. It is below. Today is October 3, two days until October 5, the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs' death and I am sure you have seen the plethora of articles come out. I read one about his favorite hangouts in the valley (Silicon, that is), one about people's stories about Steve that until then, hadn't showed up in any book or website. Articles about "the next Steve Jobs" and will Tim Cook be able to get out of Steve Jobs' shadow. If you haven't seen these articles, you will soon enough.

    In this conversation from 1983, about an hour long, Steve makes some amazing comments about what the future holds for computers, media, etc. He made a comment about having a "radio channel for software", free that you can try before you buy. Was that foreshadowing the app store or connecting the dots to get to the app store? He talked about voice recognition that it would be a better part of a decade until that really happened. Was he foreshadowing Siri? Could anyone come up with these "what will the future hold for computing" ideas? Maybe. Did they? No.

    Even Huffington Post made a comment about Steve's comments foreshadowing AAPL products. Yes, they came to be released and yes, they are enjoying record-breaking sales.

    To HuffPo, I would say "Hello. McFly. Anyone in there?" I think we all need to get out of the "Reality Distortion Field" and sit back and relax a bit.

    Steve, to me, was a product marketer and an evangelist who could see where the puck was going to next.

    Leander Kahney (Cult of Mac editor) says that Steve Jobs wasn't really labeled a genius until much later in life, to which I agree, and to quote CNN's Doug Gross, on whether there is a next Steve Jobs, he responds "There's one easy response, it's safe to say that no figure in the tech industry will perfectly duplicate the unique blend of vision, salesmanship, mystique and eye for detail possessed by Jobs."

    Steve wasn't a technologist, but he understood it, and he helped you and me understand computers, make us want them, and make them cool. Remember though, he had so many good people around him to help make these products a reality. And some would even say it is Jony Ive, the real brains of the Apple look and feel since 1996.

    What about the Reality Distortion Field? I read an article suggesting that Steve has lied to us for years. To that, I disagree. I believe he believed everything he said. The #1 trait of a strong business is to be a good storyteller. To be a good storyteller, you have to (1) believe in your story (2) be genuine (3) elicit emotion in people and tell the story that it resonates with them

    Steve was the master storyteller. Is it any wonder he helmed Pixar?

    A couple of things I did take away from the speech was he said companies shouldn't have more than 4 layers. And he used as his example as the oldest organization, the Catholic Church. And he said, "when you start with nothing, you have nothing to lose". This sentence is very poignant and meaningful for me - of course, I wish I would have had this in the back of my head when I took on a lot of scary experiences in the past. But, I digress.

    As a zen buddhist, I honestly believe that if Steve didn't travel the buddhist path, half of what we know of Apple would be non-existent. Steve Jobs was the total package, all his experiences wrapped into one thing. You can't dissect it and even play the "what if" games.

    So, again I say Steve Jobs is not God. But he had and his products do have a mystique that is spiritual.

    lifelibertytech.com/2012/10/02/the-lost-...

    Disclosure: I am long AAPL.

    Themes: Steve Jobs, Apples Stocks: AAPL
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  • camus111
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    How many patents does God have?
    3 Oct 2012, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Author’s reply » Technically? ALL.
    3 Oct 2012, 03:54 PM Reply Like
  • camus111
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    good retort!
    3 Oct 2012, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Author’s reply » Thanks. I think fast on my feet. Thanks for reading and commenting. It is appreciated. :)
    3 Oct 2012, 05:49 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    SJ was a 60's teenager ...a truly remarkable time......his aesthetic appreciation and quest for simple elegance combined with computers,expanded conciousness with a little thrown in Budhism was a great mix..... long aapl....dis
    20 Oct 2012, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Author’s reply » Hi Scott - great comment. Thanks for posting. Long AAPL, indeed.
    20 Oct 2012, 05:45 PM Reply Like
  • galaxy travels inc.
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    Those were the days my friend
    We thought they'd never end
    We'd sing and dance forever and a day
    We'd live the life we choose
    We'd fight and never lose
    For we were young and sure to have our way.
    La la la la...
    Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

     

    just out for a nightime walk....;-{)->
    14 Dec 2012, 12:51 AM Reply Like
  • Willy Shoemaker
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    Timothy Leary was asked whatever happened to the hippies. He said, "I know quite a few of them who are on their way to taking over the whole place."
    16 Dec 2012, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • Willy Shoemaker
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    I posted before but it may have gotten buried that last year I was invited to a farm in the wine country of Oregon. The main house was rustic but the look of the large windows set it off as well designed. There were small out buildings and a barn or two spread around the cleared area in the woods. Also an apple orchard. I was engaged in some business with the host's friend while the host showed my wife around the place. It turned out that this was THE farm. The apple orchard was where the name came from. One of the little shacks was Steve's house. Our host showed us a photo of about 30 hippies. They looked like a blend of sufis and American Indians . . . very deep eyes. I commented that I hadn't seen so many intelligent looking people gathered together in quite some time (I'm kind of a long riding recluse). Our host pointed to a few in the picture. "This one's a millionaire, this one's a millionaire, and this one's a billionaire."

     

    Later we played guitar and sang home made folk songs.
    16 Dec 2012, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • Willy Shoemaker
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    And he said, "when you start with nothing, you have nothing to lose". This sentence is very poignant and meaningful for me - of course, I wish I would have had this in the back of my head when I took on a lot of scary experiences in the past.

     

    "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose. You're invisible now you got no secrets to conceallllll . . .

     

    How does it feel to be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone"

     

    Bob Dylan

     

    I wouldn't have it any other way, myself
    16 Dec 2012, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    Timothy Leary visited and hung out at a beach house near mine.. on 1st street............very mellow ......circa late 70's.
    16 Dec 2012, 08:05 PM Reply Like
  • Willy Shoemaker
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    Hi Scott, rich! I disagreed with much of Timothy but can still respect much there also. Good of you to comment. Best to you.
    16 Dec 2012, 09:22 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    Hey Willy. they were very culturally/colorful rich times....the eighties and 90's weren't half as compelling to me ..seems like the world is reawakening after a long slumber......
    16 Dec 2012, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • Willy Shoemaker
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    I hope you're right about a reawakening, Scott. Reawakening is like Renaissance, an extremely rare occurrence on the planet.

     

    Hellenic Greece, which incidentally saw a birth of wonder in Taoist and Buddhist cultures, the Roman Empire and the coming of Jesus, the Renaissance, and the revolution of consciousness in the '60s.

     

    There are always witnesses on the planet. For myself I've never seen a revolution on the planet as strong as the revolution of love.
    23 Dec 2012, 01:50 AM Reply Like
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