Monday, June 30, 2008

Just wait until he dies, then we can compete.

As noted by John Gruber at Daring Fireball:

Verizon CEO Waiting for Jobs to ‘Get Old’

Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon, when asked about Apple in an interview with The Financial Times:

As handsets become banking tools and games controllers, he argues, mobile operators can up-end other companies’ business models. “It’s very cool. And Steve Jobs eventually will get old… I like our chances.”

What’s particularly odd about this remark is that Seidenberg is nine years older than Jobs.

UPDATE: Here’s another interpretation of the same quote, where by “getting old”, Seidenberg perhaps meant it in the sense of falling out of favor with the public, like that “Who Let the Dogs Out” song or something. Best-of-breed user experience design and affordable high-quality hardware engineering are the next Cabbage Patch Dolls, perhaps.


Anonymous said...

Just a clarification: this is not the CEO of Verizon WIRELESS but rather the CEO of Verizon which is the landline company. They have no involvement whatsoever in the business or affairs of Verizon WIRELESS.

While owned by the same uber-corporation, Verizon and Verizon Wireless are not the same entity.

I'm not sure why this CEO felt compelled to speak out on behalf of the wireless business when he does not represent that sector.

Additionally, it is presumptious to assume that every idea that springs from Apple comes directly from Steve Jobs. Apple is composed of hundreds of very capable inventors, creative thinkers, and leaders that are NOT Steve Jobs.

Of course, Steve Jobs is a brilliant leader and deserves all the credit anyone will give him. That said, it is improper to somehow think that Apple will suddenly become mediocre and ordinary when Steve retires or passes away.

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Sounds like sour grapes to me. Being jealous is very immature on his part, but when you have to count on some one having to die in order to compete - well, I won't even go there!

Funny, this guy is older than Jobs, so I'm not sure why he would state such a hypocritical thing?

As I wrote on my blog, Zach Bass has a very interesting take on Apple which can be found here:

Paul Douglas said...

Heh..."We'd have won if everyone else had pulled out"