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Steve Jobs Named FT's Person of the Year

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Steve Jobs, the iPerson.

Steve Jobs has had quite a year with the launch of the iPad and the iPhone 4 (and its antenna), and some of those achievements by Apple have convinced the Financial Times to name the Apple CEO as its person of the year.

Although Mark Zuckerberg grabbed Time Magazine's person of the year, it was the Apple leader who was awarded with the Financial Times' accolade.

A rebuttal of F. Scott Fitzgerald's much-quoted aphorism that there are no second acts in American life does not come more decisively than this. When Steven Paul Jobs first hit the headlines, he was younger even than Mark Zuckerberg is now. Long before it was cool to be a nerd, his formative role in popularising the personal computer, and Apple's initial public offering on Wall Street - which came when Mr Jobs was still only 25 - made him the tech industry's first rock star.

Now, three decades on, he has secured his place in the foremost ranks of the West Coast tech titans who have done so much to shape the world around the turn of the millennium.

The iPad is the culmination of an approach that he has seemingly been perfecting for his entire career. Those who have laboured under him describe him as a stern taskmaster who understands the art of the possible, rather than a long-range visionary. That means pushing relentlessly forward rather than milking old successes – even ones as significant as the iPod.

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    bavman , December 24, 2010 10:19 PM
    No one cares :D 
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    t33lo , December 25, 2010 12:03 AM
    I'd say it's more successful marketing than innovation.
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    stingstang , December 24, 2010 10:25 PM
    I understand that there are some articles you...'have' to do, Marcus.
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  • 18 Hide
    bavman , December 24, 2010 10:19 PM
    No one cares :D 
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    stingstang , December 24, 2010 10:25 PM
    I understand that there are some articles you...'have' to do, Marcus.
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    oneblackened , December 24, 2010 11:23 PM
    Is it just me or does he look very appropriately evil in that pic?

    Also, Ohseus... From what I've heard the guy is a huge D-bag.
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    puerilemeanderings , December 24, 2010 11:42 PM
    Shouldn't the person of the year be limited to the modern Homo Sapien subspecies?

    "He's more iPhone than human now, jailbroken and unlocked."
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    rpgplayer , December 24, 2010 11:50 PM
    ohseusYet you took the time to follow the link and comment? The man is an amazing CEO and a bit of a tech visionary. Deal with it. Millions of Apple share holders care as well.


    he's not a visionary, he just takes available tech and puts it in a shiny package. nothing visionary about that.
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    jskilnyk , December 24, 2010 11:55 PM
    I bet with his kind of personality he fits in with the people on Walstreet...
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    t33lo , December 25, 2010 12:03 AM
    I'd say it's more successful marketing than innovation.
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    chickenhoagie , December 25, 2010 2:51 AM
    and he still wears that dirty black turtleneck..
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    Blessedman , December 25, 2010 4:50 AM
    rpgplayerhe's not a visionary, he just takes available tech and puts it in a shiny package. nothing visionary about that.


    As much as I dislike Apple, I cannot dismiss his dominating influence in every market he is in.
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    bunz_of_steel , December 25, 2010 5:14 AM
    ohseus and Blessedman WRONG!!!! Steve Hand-jobs is DA! The only visionary "things" he owns are the people who work for him. Like HE came up with the idea of a cell phone, or anything else. He just makes stupid decisions and sits behind a desk and entertains inter company dealings at any one of his million dollar home$. While stupid pimple faced punk kids like you guys buy into all the media and hype about how great this guy is. Crapple of course loves the publicity so they will let the media hype up whatev. pfft plz dis guyz a bum!

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    akula2 , December 25, 2010 6:05 AM
    @While stupid pimple faced punk kids like you guys buy into all the media and hype about how great this guy is.

    To bunz_of_steel et al,

    I always wonder why A-holes are born on this planet. Do you have any real purpose in your lives? What for are you living like? Only to hate?

    Oh BTW, am an Entrepreneur and as well as a Researcher who use Apple products/PCs/Workstations/Servers in my business. People like me definitely know what geniuses like Steve Jobs are like. So, please STFU!!
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    pandemonium_ctp , December 25, 2010 6:15 AM
    Darn, I thought FT stood for f***ing tw*t.

    Being a hoarding monopolizer and patent infringing skater doesn't equal "visionary" in my book. That's been done throughout the ages.
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    swiftsword69 , December 25, 2010 6:18 AM
    All hail his highness, the mighty and holy jobness
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    christop , December 25, 2010 9:05 AM
    Like he is magical or something. NOT!!
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    sandmanwn , December 25, 2010 1:59 PM
    akula2So, please STFU!!

    Maybe you should follow your own advise brainwashed kiddie. I have a hard time believing an adult with a company even speaks like this more or less even buys Apple servers. Who does that really? Whats even more embarrassing is every product you mention in your little tirade is some of the most lackluster products Steve Jobs ever made. They are collectively combined to garner roughly 10% of the market.

    The guy made a music player, which is dying off rapidly now and a phone. He's done a great job of bringing back fads in electronics. But I seem to have missed the revolution here...
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    cookoy , December 25, 2010 2:03 PM
    he deserves the accolade
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    decrypted , December 25, 2010 2:35 PM
    Steve Jobs is by no means a genius. He is a great PR rep, I have to give him that. The statement: "The iPad is the culmination of an approach that he has seemingly been perfecting for his entire career." Unless you mean ripping off the ideas from Xerox, then you are correct. The iPad idea & design came from a Xerox engineer/designer. IMO, the only thing Apple does well is make items look good, but they are no inventors.
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    deletemach_kernel , December 25, 2010 4:52 PM
    ^^ I had no idea the Ipad was desinged by Xerox too!!!!

    I thought only the GUI was Stolen from them....

    now we know what FT Stands for "F***ing Thief"
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    caparc , December 25, 2010 11:47 PM
    Jobs deserves the accolades but I am so NOT an Apple guy. If Windows is all warts and flaws it runs my software on so many different peices of hardware I'll never hear of them all. Compatibility is the ONLY thing that matters. BUT, Jobs' shop is oh so creative. I love the ergonomics and clean lines of his hardware but when it's time to work I don't give a rats ass about that. Jobs can have his customers, good for him, but I'm not one of them.
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