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?"
"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.
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.