Yesterday I finished listening to Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs biography. This long and intense (?) book covers the life of Jobs and on the way the impact he made on the personal computer, movies and music industry. This was a great read. As computer hobbyst who started meddling in computer in the early 80s, it was fascinating for me to go through the history of the mac, the reasoning behind the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad devices I use in my every day life. Also, I really enjoying reading about Jobs’ personality and the way he moved earth and sun to accomplish what he believed in. Combining Art/creativity with technology.
And although, I am not one who is in support of closed systems, I can understand the concept of it, the appeal for the mass markets and eventually the success that it had.
With Jobs on the helm, Apple was able to make high-end technology for the masses by creating intuitive, simple to use, high-end devices that allowed technophobic users to really adapt tech into their lives.
I found this book very inspiring and here are the things I take from it.
1. Everything can be improved – Jobs was able to look at any piece of technology or process and look for ways to improve it, make it more intuitive and simplify it for the users. As a software developer and as one who manages software development projects, this is exactly what I look for in every project that my company does. Take a process and see where we could implement technology to improve it, simplify it and make it more user friendly.
2.The details are important – Quality of the software you put out there is all the in details. Jobs was known for his way to look at any aspect of the products Apple put out. From the hardware to the software. He cared how every element fits the big picture and how everything looks like even if the user doesn’t have any access to it.
3.People don’t know what they need till you show them – This mantra pushed Jobs to introduce a slew of products from the original mac, 30 years ago to the iPad, iPhone etc. Jobs was a master in creating a need for a product that you didn’t have or need and now you find yourself more than once depended on.