Steve Jobs - links and further reading
Steve Jobs was a great marketer as well as a great innovator. Transforming Business is involved in some preliminary conversations about a theology of marketing. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Peter Heslam (psh20[at]cam.ac.uk), whether or not you have formal expertise in either theology or marketing!
The pervasiveness of the kind of technology associated with Steve Jobs can represent opportunity, convenience and security. But it can also provide the means to an unhealthy blurring of boundaries, such as between home and work, that can lead to stress and over-busyness. Two books that seek to address this hazard from a Christian perspective are published by IVP: The Busy Christians Guide to Busyness, by Tim Chester; and Working without Wilting: Starting Well to Finish Strong, by Jago Wynne.
An organization that seeks to address the relational impact of new media and technology is the Relationships Foundation. Some of its thinking is reflected and developed by LICC director Mark Greene in his book The Best Idea in the World: How Putting Relationships First Transforms Everything, published by Zondervan.
Jobs delivered a remarkable speech to students at Stanford University in 2005, about a year after he was diagnosed with cancer. Here are two short extracts:
Whatever its shortcomings, many people have found this speech moving and profound. The text and video recording is available on the website of Stanford University here.
Tributes to Jobs include one from Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook: ‘Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world’ (posted on Facebook here).
In 1983, John Sculley was lured by Jobs away from Pepsi-Cola to become Apple’s CEO with the words ‘Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?’ Sculley was instrumental in Job’s exile from Apple but paid the following tribute to him on the announcement of his death (posted here):
An authorised biography of Jobs is written by Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine, entitled Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography. Customer pre-purchases made this the number one bestseller on Amazon within hours of the announcement of Jobs’ death, simulating the publishing house Simon & Schuster to bring forward its publication by one month.