Two books came out last week: Idea Man, about (and by) Paul Allen; and The Steve Jobs Way, about (but not by) Steve Jobs. These books reveal differences in the approaches the two men took to achieving their goals, showcasing why Apple is so successful and why other companies just can’t make the grade.I think by looking at these two men, we can gain insights on a lot of things: why Apple may not be successful after Jobs departs; the problems brewing at Google; the difficulties Microsoft has had competing in the consumer electronics space; RIM’s likely PlayBook failure; and HP’s CE issues.There is a sharp contrast between what Jobs does and what everyone else does. These two men likely are one of the best examples of polar opposites, given that Microsoft would have failed had Paul Allen stayed, and Apple nearly failed because Steve Jobs left. I’ll explore that this week.My product of the week is The Atrocity Archives book series, which places — I kid you not — a programmer as the hero and, eventually, the iPhone as his wand. So much better for adults than fricken Harry Potter. Paul Allen isn’t dissimilar to many who start successful… Read full this story
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