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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

More Apples

I was thinking about how cool the iPhone sounds and what it'll really be able to do. I love Apple and the products they bring to market. Apple is innovative and the products are so well thought out in their function and design. I feel like someone had really spent some time working out the kinks. With other products, I feel like the entire push was not on quality or thoughtfulness, but on getting the product to market. Thus, recalls, bugs, exploding batteries, mass confusion, weekly updates, etc. all happen and make our lives that much more frustrating.

But why does Apple get to be the only company with this mythical reputation? It's sad really. With so many compnaies out there, and Apple is one of the very, very few that "gets it". A problem that arises is Apple products really aren't cheap. Not everyone can afford an iMac (maybe an iPod) and not everyone will have a reason to make the fabled computer switch. This isn't necessarily Apple's problem per se (outside of economic terms, but not in moral terms), but it is a problem in our corner of the world. You would think that with so many MBAs (and other business types, analysts, finance people, etc.) out there that there could be more than just one company that people get excited about when a new product hits the market. But I can't really think of any other company that gets that type of hype and respect. That's not to say that there aren't hot products, but no company consistently puts out product that creates excitement. For example, the Playstation 3 is hot, but Sony won't release Playstation 4 for another 5-10 years. So until then, see ya later. With the exception of a new game, the console is hum drum before it's even out of the box.

Are there not enough visionaries in our world to create companies that people can really identify with and promote with the vote of the dollar? Is it that there are too many "qualified" people running these companies and not people who are "unqualified" but "creative and full of ideas"? Or maybe we need more CEOs who like "to work with people". After all, every company usually still has people working in it. I don't get it, but I don't think they get it either. And, I don't think that the "qualified" people are any closer to "getting it" than me. As a matter of opinion, I think I'm a lot closer to "getting it" than they are. Heck, you're probably closer too.

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