Tag Archive for ‘Walt Mossberg’

Steve Jobs Talks About Managing People ➝

This is a video from 2010’s D8 conference, in which Steve Jobs discusses Apple’s management system with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. I came across this video a few days ago and I was amazed at how much of my own thinking falls in-line with his.

This is my favorite line from the video:

If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decision and you have to be run by ideas not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise good people don’t stay.

I can’t emphasize enough just how important this concept is. A lot of companies in the world would be far more successful if this was one of their core principles.

Walt Mossberg, the iPod, and Windows Compatibility ➝

Tony Fadell, in an interview with VentureBeat:

I had a team making it compatible with the PC and Steve’s like, “OVER MY DEAD BODY! Never! We need to sell Macs! This is going to be why people buy Macs!” I said, “Steve, the iPod is $399. But really it’s not. Because you have to buy a Mac!” We had to give people a taste. […]

He finally said, “Okay. But under one condition. We’re going to build these and run it by Mossberg. And if Mossberg says it’s good enough to ship, then we’ll ship it.” He wanted to divorce himself from having to make the decision. But Walt said, “Not bad. I’d ship it.” That’s how we actually shipped on the PC.

Now we know why nobody told Walt to get off the table at that Apple event.

‘Battery Tech Isn’t Keeping Up’ ➝

From what I understand, physics and chemistry are the biggest limiting factors to battery capacity. There’s only so much power you can fit into a given volume. If we’re going to see a major improvement in battery life, it’s likely going to come at the expense of performance or size and weight.

My guess is that at some point we’ll reach a tipping point where devices are about as fast as most users could ever want. That’s when manufacturers will start focusing on making chips that are comparible in power level to their predecessors but are far more energy efficient.

‘The Steve Jobs I Knew Isn’t in This Movie’ ➝

Walt Mossberg doesn’t seem to have liked the movie.

Apple’s Jeff Williams Interviewed by Walt Mossberg ➝

The interview was conducted about a month ago, on stage at Code Conference. But, Re/code has just now published both a full video and a transcript of their conversation. I’ll be watching this later on tonight.

Live at Code Conference with Apple’s Jeff Williams ➝

The Verge’s live blog from Walt Mossberg’s interview with Jeff Williams at Code Conference. They discuss Apple Watch, ResearchKit, what Apple plans to do with its giant cash horde, and more. But, the quote of the interview was from Jeff Williams, saying “well the car is the ultimate mobile device, isn’t it?”

Greg Joswiak on Stage at Code/Mobile Conference ➝

Discussing the Apple SIM, iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and more. This is a great interview, I’d suggest watching the whole video.

‘Independent Media Company’ ➝

Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg:

We are thrilled to announce that we are forming our own new and independent media company, Revere Digital, with a pair of respected investors and partners — the NBCUniversal News Group and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media. Revere will be operating news sites and apps, as well as a series of conferences.

How can you call Revere Digital an “independent media company” when NBCUniversal News Group has invested in it?