John Siracusa remembering Steve Jobs and the lowly days of the mid 1990’s.
By this point in my life, I’d also had enough experience with government, corporations, and academic bureaucracies to understand what happens to organizations as they get larger. The middle-managers and empire-builders start to take root. Each problem results in a new guideline or process meant to prevent the problem from ever occurring again. Metrics are added, because managers can’t manage what they can’t measure. Individual incentives shift so far from the stated corporate goal that they actively work against it. Intrinsic motivation wanes. The ability to do truly great work all but disappears.
Having lived in the trenches of corporate jobs for the past 13 years, the Fox can attest the above is true.
For me, the biggest dent Steve Jobs left in the world was that it didn’t have to be.
It’s hard to believe that Steve was just 28 years old when he delivered his first Stevenote. He had invented something entirely new: An art form at the intersection of showmanship, technology, piercing philosophy, real-life drama, and social manifesto.