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Larry Ellison Sees Dark Future for Apple Without Steve Jobs

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Business mogul and island owner Larry Ellison believes that Steve Jobs was the key success factor in Apple.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison appeared CBS This Morning and expressed a lack of faith in Apple now that Steve Jobs is gone.

Interviewer Charlie Rose asked Ellison what he thought it was about Jobs that made him great at Apple. Ellison had very complimentary things to say, comparing Jobs to Edison and Picasso. Rose followed up with the question, "What happens to Apple without Steve?"

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"We already know," responded Ellison. "We conducted the experiment; it's already been done.

"We saw Apple with Steve Jobs," Ellison said, raising his finger toward the sky. "We saw Apple without Steve Jobs," as he lowered his finger. "We saw Apple with Steve Jobs," raising his finger again. "Now, we're going to see Apple without Steve Jobs," as he dropped his finger.

Larry Ellison Says Apple is Doomed Without Jobs

Now nearly two years since the loss of Steve Jobs, Apple remains an immensely successful and profitable company. The question remains, however, if Apple can keep up its track record for innovative design that manages to capture the mass market.

Apple is expected to hold an iPhone event on September 10.

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    Spac3nerd , August 13, 2013 9:09 AM
    "comparing Jobs to Edison"
    I would agree, both were the biggest technology thieves of their time.
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    WithoutWeakness , August 13, 2013 8:40 AM
    Jobs died 2 years ago and everyone was talking about this in the weeks following his death. Why did it take this guy 2 years to realize this?
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 8:16 AM
    He's right on!
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    michael908 , August 13, 2013 8:22 AM
    Guess it's hard to keep the "cult" status of their product without their leader dead. Now who will tell the consumers what they want?
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 8:24 AM
    No Jobs = No BRILLIANCE
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    John Bauer , August 13, 2013 8:36 AM
    As much as people like to rip on Apple, including me, I will be maybe just a little sorry to see them go- they had great thing going, but it's time for that to end.

    The only thing that would keep Apple alive, is if Wozniak took the reigns again. And if that happens, we may start to see Apple innovating again, and not being the recipe company that they are.
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    WithoutWeakness , August 13, 2013 8:40 AM
    Jobs died 2 years ago and everyone was talking about this in the weeks following his death. Why did it take this guy 2 years to realize this?
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    John Bauer , August 13, 2013 8:44 AM
    Quote:
    Jobs died 2 years ago and everyone was talking about this in the weeks following his death. Why did it take this guy 2 years to realize this?


    Because now this had time to come to fruition, it isn't speculation anymore.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 8:51 AM
    +1 ^
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    rantoc , August 13, 2013 9:00 AM
    WithoutWeakness: Now that the extra sympathy for Mr.Jobs passing have died down and that along with a stock value that have been on a constant decline (from 700$ to $450 in a year) its more fact than guesses, that makes the "specialists" dare to "speculate" without risk of being wrong.

    Get me right - Apple did a tremendous work with the iPhone one and have my respect for that but since then the competition have gone from following to leading the market in darn short time along with the expectations that the future innovations from Apple will be lackluster.

    How did that happen? Exactly the same thing that happened back in the early PC days, no need for history lessons only that it seems some companies will ever learn from their past mistakes.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 9:02 AM
    The "I" ERA has run it's course.
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    memadmax , August 13, 2013 9:05 AM
    The ONLY reason why apple exists today is because of that stupid iPod >_>
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 9:07 AM
    Amen ^
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    brucen13 , August 13, 2013 9:07 AM
    Come on... we are talking about Larry Ellison here. One of the biggest egos in Silicon Valley. The two takes I get from this story are Larry gets some face time on national TV and looks like a good guy because he's honoring Steve Jobs... second take is his ego won't let him accept that anyone else can do a better job at Oracle therefore, no one can do a better job at Apple because Ellison and Jobs are visionaries. Apple is a behemoth and it's going to take a lot of years of poor leadership before anything happens to Apple. Just look at Microsoft after Gates left. It's taken 5 years for Ballmer to run Microsoft into the ground and it's still making billions each year.
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    Spac3nerd , August 13, 2013 9:09 AM
    "comparing Jobs to Edison"
    I would agree, both were the biggest technology thieves of their time.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 9:10 AM
    TESLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    COLGeek , August 13, 2013 10:37 AM
    And Larry Ellison's opinion is so "valid" why? All Apple bashing aside, just look at the buzz generated by talks of iPhone 5 hitting the market next month. Also, if stock value has fallen, so be it. It was wildly over valued to start with.

    Apple may be different without Steve Jobs, but as a company, they are still a dominant technology force/innovator to be reckoned with and will be for some time to come.
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    Marcus52 , August 13, 2013 10:40 AM
    It is a testament to Jobs' salesmanship that he would ever convince anyone he should be mentioned in the same breath as Edison or Picasso.

    I think P.T. Barnum is more accurate.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 10:40 AM
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottdavis/2013/06/27/apples-fall-from-leading-to-lagging-brand/
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    fulle , August 13, 2013 11:25 AM
    Thomas Edison is a great comparison!

    Edison was ALSO an ethics and moral devoid POS who exploited the genius of others, outright stole inventions, took credit for other's innovation.... and then proceeded to PATENT TROLL LIKE A BOSS!
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    stratplaya , August 13, 2013 12:10 PM
    People are overestimating the impact Jobs had on Apple. Did Jobs design the iphone, the ipad or ipod? No. Jobs merely told his designers and engineers that he wanted something that looked good and could be operated by idiots.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 13, 2013 12:12 PM
    They ran out of "I's" so the slide continues.
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