Former Apple CEO John Sculley says Cook is doing a "terrific job"

Former Apple CEO John Sculley says Cook is doing a
Apple CEO Tim Cook has not gotten a lot of praise lately, but a former Apple CEO is coming to Mr. Cook's defense. Of course, there aren't too many former CEOs of Apple, and the ones that are still alive have a bit of a rocky relationship with Apple fans. John Sculley took over as CEO when Steve Jobs was ousted from his own company in 1985, and Sculley did preside over a period of revival for the company, but it didn't last. 

Still, very few men know what it is like to have to step into the shoes of Steve Jobs (although to be fair, the 30-year old Jobs that Sculley replaced was not nearly the same man as the 56-year old that Cook had to replace). About a week ago, Atari's Nolan Bushnell said that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs; and, Sculley recently said about Cook:

Sculley downplayed the market share that Apple has lost to competitors, and remained bullish on the company saying that "Cook is doing a terrific job", and that he is "very optimistic that Apple’s going to do just fine." 

source: CNBC Asia via BGR



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Its terrifying not terrific... :D

15. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

That's what I read at first :D

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Yes,he is the best CEO after Steve Jobs for Apple.

6. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I agree he's the best CEO for Apple after Steve Jobs, but that's a big difference there. I don't know what a good analogy would be, since it's dinner time I'll say it's like wanting a steak, but eating pork chops instead. Still good, but quite a big difference.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

He reversed everything that Steve Jobs created in just 2 years. He's doing a terrible 'jobs' lol

16. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I had made the prediction back when Steve Jobs died being that Apple had lost their creative genius behind so many of the iconic products and that Apple would become just another electronics company. Tim Cook has really done well to get Apple to follow sales trends by increasing the screen size and drop price points. But at the same time Steve Jobs would never have released such buggy software on the world as Tim Cook is. He just cant drive the workers to finish software in the same time frame Jobs could.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The bloke just said a good thing to let cook step down from CEO to let the former become the next CEO............#illuminate.

4. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

you know you're doing wrong when someone who s*ucked is praising you :))

5. GeekMovement unregistered

I doubt Steve jobs would have allowed so many bugs released with iOS 7. Just seems like apple is becoming less stable of an OS and less innovative. Nice finger print scanner integrated into the home button though.

10. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Agreed. Apple Maps would never have been released the way it was. When the OG iPod had battery problems, Steve about went ballistic on the design team with insane deadlines to get it fixed. That pretty much set the precedence for what the modern day Apple era would be, until Tim took over. Leaked information on upcoming products never happened under Steve either. A lot has changed under the new management.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013


12. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I think that one caught them off guard. They probably ran benchmark tests without holding it the way that would cause calls to drop. It was handled poorly by Jobs though.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

to be brutally honest.....i think he is starting to lose the plot.....

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---" He’s not trying to be Steve jobs; only one person could be Steve Jobs and that was Steve. Steve could make the big creative leaps."--- I've been saying this for over 20 years. Steve was Apple and Apple followed Steve's premise. No other CEO could captain Apple the way Steve did. I commend John for his eloquence. But, truth be told, Apple will become stagnant. Ideas need visionary discipline in order to culminate. Steve had the aggressive "A" personality coupled with marketing prowness to envision his own concepts and push the envelope for innovating on ideas. John Sculley knows this first hand. It was he that lost control of the helm after Steve's dismissal. It was Steve that allowed Apple to successfully build a financial cash pile in order for Apple to survive today. Unless, Apple continues Steve's legacy, it will begin a slow descent as history has repeated in the past. John B.

9. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

I think Apple needs a refreshing new product. It is pointless to innovate on the same product in a saturated market.

13. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

So the guy who ran Apple into the ground says Tim Cook is doing a good job.

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

That's what I was just thinking. I thought Sculley was the CEO during Apples down years.

18. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I laughed pretty hard at that because yes he drove Apple to almost non-existence.

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

He's doing a better job than the former CEO at telling the tech community what a pompous windbag he is with his trashing of affordable devices since people can't always afford their grossly overpriced products to help stuff their profits margins; he hasn't quite bested the former CEO yet on how he can spin a grandiose speech about how wonderful their perpetual iCanOpenner really is.

20. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Steve Jobs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tim Cook + John Sculley so shut up Haters.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cooks doing excellent, apples doing excellent, just a lot more comp out there than there used to be. Apple knows what it's doing, and where it's going. Big things ahead.

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