Here are some highlights of his latest interview:
The PC and Web is dead
I still remember a team meeting in 2007 at ip.labs:
“The PC will die very soon, we have to shift our power and focus to smart devices.” Most of my team thought: again this rushy, emotional fan-boy.
2011 is the year that everything changed: Consumer have bought more smart devices than PCs (incl. Windows, OS X, Linux). And in 2011 people have already spent more time in Apps than using a Web-Browser.
It is already the fastest adoption in human-history; but trust me, this is just the beginning and it will change the rules in our industry.
For me this is the break-through we where hoping for in 1999. But the time is now and we will see many new billion euro companies in the next 1-3 years.
Only very few people change our life deeply and everlasting.
Socrates, Plato and Aristotle defined most of the underling framework for our system today. The three where groundbreaking and without them we could not achieve all the other great stuff we have build on top of their system.
Steve Jobs has done exactly the same: He created a groundbreaking technologies, systems and concepts that will change how we life forever. He leapfrogged normal development/optimization cycles and changed the rules. More astonishing, he did this with several industries. I know many do not like the hype around him, but I totally disagree. We will see and feel his true power in the years to come. And I know today that he will give me inspiration, emotional-power and much more until the day I die.
Some thoughts for 2012
I feel a positive change in Europe:
I hope Oli will become the Keynote speaker of the biggest Franchise Conference and tell people how to execute and do channel marketing for e.g. building the biggest Burger or Outlet chain in the world. He is a brilliant business man and executer. But for me Startups are about passion, technology and risk.
In 2012 I will work with amazing people to hopefully create great disruptive products. I’m incredibly lucky and will work hard and focused.
Creating a copycat is better than being unemployed.
You are building a business and it even might creating short term value. That is much better than doing nothing. You could call it a Franchise+.
But in the long term Europe will loose the Software-Game and our next generation will suffer.
Furthermore it simply feels wrong to build a company based on a business-modell copy - forecasted for Europe.
We need passion and pure enthusiasm to build something outstanding. A foundation that will generate value in the long-term. We are establishing a paradigm for the next generation of founders and I believe it must be: think out of the box, go the crazy path, challenge the status quo, follow your passion!
It must be clear to everybody:The real heroes are innovators with an unbeatable Pioniergeist!
Yes, there is a big market, crazy profits and the Excel-Hockey Stick looks sooo beautiful; but in my view this is what founding is about:
“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through. - Steve Jobs”Love your product and team! You can be sure money will find you :-)