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Steve Jobs biographer: "Bill Gates was smarter than Steve Jobs by almost any conventional measure"

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Steve Jobs biographer:
Walter Isaacson who Steve Jobs picked for his official biographer wrote an extremely interesting nearly 600-page opus on probably the most successful CEO of the century, but let’s face it - Jobs was such a weird person, that it would hardly fit even in that many pages. 

To speak about the iconic Apple chief executive, Isaacson was recently at the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam speaking about Jobs and there were a couple of interesting things and jokes he made that - if you like Apple - you’d find interesting.

The most memorable quote we’d point out was Isaacson’s reaction to the connection between Jobs and Microsoft’s CEO Bill Gates:

"Bill Gates was smarter than Steve Jobs by almost any conventional measure."

The biographer answers this and some other quick questions around the 46th minute in the video, and it’s all preceded by a quick introduction. Check the whole video out below, it’s worth it for those following Apple.


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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:54 31

1. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


true, gates is the smarty pants, jobs was just a good manager, who jinxed the people into buying his I products

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:06 12

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:58 11

25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In mine opinion, talking about Apple, Steve Jobs was really good marketing specialist and nothing more, Steve Jobs talks about 'visions' was just a bull s**t! The real persons who saw any real 'visions' and made them come true was people who was working down in the labs!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:57 17

2. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Bill Gates probably was smarter but ultimately next to Steve jobs was less blood thristy and less able to effectively advertise.

Steve Jobs had a better ability to take control and influence peoples mindset in order to maximise sales of any product. Steve Jobs 'Job' became easier over the years as the icult phenomenon developed and all he needed to do was say 'this is cool' for ifans to buy something

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:06 6

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:14 16

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes they are both geniuses, Bill Gates is the intellectiual with vision on how the PC world would evolve. Steve Jobs was a marketing mastermind who could sell ice to an Eskimo.

Both had thier strenghts but Bill Gates turned modern PC's to what they are today. He can see things that others could not & was able to make great business decisions that ultimatly made him the wealthest man in the whole world at one point.

Easily Bill Gates was head over heels smarter than Steve Jobs!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:23 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 12620; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Such dumb comments

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:29 13

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What is dumb about the comments? Your comment is less than desirable!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:32 3

15. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


And yours is any different?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:51 11

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are kidding me right? Do I really need to explain this to you? OK here I go:

My comment #7 was a comment on the topic. My comment #14 was a response to comment #11.

Your point is.............. what again? lol

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:03 4

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Virile I am not sure if your comment was directed to me, but if it wasn't then I apologize.

If it was then my comment #22 still stands!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 01:07

49. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Virile's comment was a response to darkkjedi, not yours.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:48 3

20. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Atleast he's not dum like you....

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:48 9

35. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


less effectively advertise? maybe in the phone department but MS stomps apple in sales in every other category. nothing is as prolific as the windows OS or the Office suite.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:26 4

38. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


he was actually ish**p god.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:00 14

3. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


And he gives his money to charity too.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:09 6

30. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Apple never gives charity.
Apple never gives sponsors

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:05 15

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Talking about Apple, in mine opinion Steve Jobs was good marketing specialist and nothing more.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:19 2

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


true , but i still like his product more

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:43 4

17. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


True you love his penitentiary echo system!!!!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:48 6

21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It's not even "his product"

Steve Jobs initially did not like the idea of Apps, The one thing that even gave the iPhone a place in the smartphone market.

and did you really think that Steve Jobs single handedly designed that stupid 2 piece glass iPhone design? If he did he was probably a bigger idiot than I thought.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:27 3

39. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


very true..!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 03:44

52. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Well when you think of Facebook you think of mark zuckerberg not all the people that worked together with him to make the product successful .
In how most people see it , apple is Steve jobs product

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:58 1

24. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Open you'r wolly eye's....

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:22 2

31. HTCFreak (Posts: 151; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Why does thelegends comment get thumbed-down? it's his personal choise! It's like hating someone because he likes fries while you like chicken. Really people, stop the hate! :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:47 3

34. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Why doe's it bother you?
What's it to you?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 03:42

51. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Htc freak is the best fan droid I ever seen .
Btw I like HTC quite a lot too

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:18

45. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


no one gives a f**k thats why

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:40 5

16. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I don't think so.... more like
He was a kleptomaniac...
He was a subversive miscreant
He was a malignant person
He made Apple divulge

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:08

29. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


I think you are WE LIKE THIS
YOU JElLIOUS GUY,
SO YOU SWITCHED SIDES HUH?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:17 7

8. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Oops!!

Its an ""iOuch"" For iFans. :-P

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:22 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 12620; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Awww shut up ur posts make no sense at all
Pepsi coke and every other business do the same thing.
Tell us something we didn't know.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:46 3

19. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


You'r a subservient to fruit!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:03 3

28. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Steve jobs want'd Android dead in his will, befor
he died, with along other's.....

But he's dead himself! Hipocrite!!!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:34 2

41. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


yep thats true..In fact,Android was kicking Apple's butt in every which way . People who get Iphones,Ipads,etc just want to be part of the "in crowd".Android is revolutionary in its own way and I'm proud of that coming from BB.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:25 15

12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Bill Gates - Made computers affordable and available for everyone, unifying the world. Donates to charity as well as funds medical researches

Steve Jobs - Marketed products that created a bunch of elitist wannabe hipsters. Claims everything that's not his "vision" but similar and better a stolen product.

I don't know why people even put these 2 guys in the same league...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:27 4

13. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Totally Agreed "yPhone 4 $?" = "Why Phone for $?" :-P

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:44 2

18. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I don't think this is news. Jobs was a smart man, but Jobs was a salesman, Gates is a nerd, look at the 2 it's really all the evidence you need. Jobs could find a winner and focus on things that sell very well (notice the down play of Mac products to focus on iPods, iPhones, and later iPad) but Woz was the brains behind Apple in the early days and you really do need guys like Jobs. No one person is perfect to start a buisness.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:51 4

23. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


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NOTE:
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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:11 4

37. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yikes!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:03 6

27. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Just re-Affirms Jobz was an iDiOt, no wonder his iTurds always break.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:43 4

32. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Jobs is more of a leader and a visionary, while Gates is on hell of a genius.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:44 1

33. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Cause he like's , use's , support's Apple!
You should know that by now.....

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:03 8

36. p4ulm86 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Jobs Is Dead. Bill Gates is alive. Bill gates is Winning in my book. lol

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:00

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Bill Gates was more books smart. Steve Jobs had better social and design intelligence.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:55 1

44. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


"Steve Jobs had better social and design intelligence"?

No Steve Jobs had a marketng team. He ripped of every idea Apple has ever had and they marketed it as somthing new and revolutionary. Do you remember the TV commercials saying Mac's are more secure and they don't crash? That wasn't true at all. Pwn2own proved Apple is by far the least secure in the computer world. What like there is a difference, a gray screen (Mac), and blue screen (PC). Apple had a better marketng team that's it. Not to much of that was Steve Jobs. Really it was someone else's idea and Jobs just OK'ed the final idea.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:37 4

42. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


At one time I wanted to buy a Imac or a macbook pro but 1200-1800 is ridiculous for a computer. So i stick with HP and I throw Fedora 16 and Kubuntu 11.10 on my PC and it's waaaayyy prettier and better than a Mac.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:22

46. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I know many people don't agree, but its well worth the money to get a Mac. I havent needed a repair, replacement, or a virus is over 6 years. I do have to replace my graphics card, and upgrade the hard drive for more room. But compared to many other people I know who had to replace their entire systems...I'm getting off cheap. I've had a few PC's and I don't miss replacing them at all! But to each his or her own.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:34

47. sinfiery (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I've had my Gateway laptop for 5 years now, with no problems at all.
Replaced the keyboard once, cost me $18 and 10 minutes of my time. I broke it, it didn't just degenerate either.

Anecdotal evidence is absolutely pointless.
Apple lives and dies by it, and their not dead.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:59

48. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That's cool! Had a Gateway and an Asus, both dead in under four years. Maybe Vista was the issue but still scared me away from Windows.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:47

43. Jerry209 (Posts: 42; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


Steve was a great with words vs. Gates with parts and chips

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 03:19 1

50. haikallp (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


its quite obvious..Steve Jobs is just a great speaker and manager, but thats it..

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 13:03

53. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

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