Reflection (Pirates of the Silicon Valley)

“Good artists copy, Great artists steal” a quote said by Steve Jobs, defining of the rise and fall of his career as a technopreneur.

Steve Jobs’ Success

“A man who sees the future.” What John Sculley, the president Apple, describes Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs is dedicated to work, to make history. He wants the world to be unfold as he sees the meaning of the universe. Steve Jobs is really a great product of technoprenuership, you know, he started as revolutionary students, with this act he already knew the path he gonna be into, he with his friend and co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak. With enough knowledge in engineering, they make some kind of jokes, making stuff more interesting out of default, making a new world I presume. “Information is power” a phrase from Steve Jobs that struck me, I mean it’s a way things much better than it was. He loves to explore, learning and gathering information on things should be and what more be capable of. This information leads Steve Jobs towards success. With all his learnings and abilities as a technopreneur, it brings him and Steve Wozniak to innovate something, something more functional and would loved by people.  -Information.

So they started building computers, With Steve Wozniak the engineer of the computer and Steve Jobs the amazing pitcher who encourage people to buy and love their product. A jump start of Steve Jobs’ success. He’s a smart talker. With his good speaking skills makes a good point of Steve’s career. His ability to persuade others to listen on what he talks. His convincing skills that anyone could agree, he make this as a advantage to please ordinary to big people to support and purchase their product. His urge to market their computer a make lot of money out of it. Selling and broadening their products is so hard to deal with, I mean people don’t really know yet about their computers. Just Steve Jobs shows his great interest on what his doing is a start of his career. Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple Computer Company, to sell their first product: the Apple I, hand-built by Wozniak. The popularity of the computer was such, that it propelled Apple into success and made millionaires of Jobs and Wozniak. Apple continued its groundbreaking pace, designing one of the first graphical user interfaces in the Apple Lisa, and following it with one of the most successful personal computers ever, the Macintosh.  -Will.

Steve Jobs as a business minded person, he seeks and grabs opportunity, once he sees a great chance of his product to be recognized then he will take it as a great opportunity. He makes every deal a success, he transact any people to buy their product, he choose to go further than to go another way around. He sees the world is about to change, his business is about new revolution. He wants to unfold the world, he wants to build a Steve Jobs like he wants to. He wants to do things whatever it takes. He see himself as an instrument of change. He do whatever it takes to be on top and pull down IBM. Like Wozniak said, “He is born obsessed with wiping out IBM” He’s really is, I mean you can’t go to the top if there’s the one in the throne. He’s a venture man, he takes risks to achieve better success. He mark a stake and come up with much bigger income, business minded though.  -Dedication.

As Apple is getting bigger and bigger, Steve Jobs is more smarter to compete. He need to be consistent in the business field. So Apple build an upgrade of the Apple I, and start to market it. He’s a innovative person, thinking his ideas come into reality, and he did. With the mouse and graphical user interface, that the idea is originally from the engineers at the Xerox. With his creative mind, Steve Jobs outplayed other businesses like Xerox and IBM. He is smart enough to outthink others, new idea new innovation and definitely more money. A mindset with a broad cognition, a critical thinker, a master of intelligence. Big words can explain how Steve Jobs proves his prophecy, his own destiny. He is persistent, Steve Jobs really is. He dedicated on his own will.  -Persevere.

Lastly, Steve Jobs is a leader, a great leader. An outstanding leader that, whatever you say, people are stunned to see and hear every word you speak. Steve Jobs, a real leader who want a talent, an artist, a loyal team. That values of Steve molds the Macintosh team, they strive hard and think more innovative, they work as a family with a teamwork and cooperation. Steve Jobs manage his worker so well.  -Leadership.

For me, Steve Jobs should be the wealthiest man in the world, if he is more careful with Bill Gates who outsmarted him. And eventually become his ultimate failure.

Steve Jobs’ Failure

“Good artists copy, Great artists steal” Both Jobs and Gates used this quote in the movie. Their perspective of being a great success comes from great strategies. That’s what Bill Gates prove to Steve Jobs, that they’re in the same way luckily Jobs put his foot on first. Bill Gates wants all what Steve Jobs’ Lisa computer, from the operating system, graphic user interface, the technicality even the mouse. A big “Why?” of Bill Gates, why Apple can do this while Microsoft don’t.

So the pirating began, when Microsoft sneak in to Apple Company. A first mistake of Steve Jobs, Gates outsmarted him with flowering words and blooming pitches that eventually Microsoft become a cooperating team of Apple. By then, Bill Gates steal all the information of Lisa’s prototype an make things as his own. With more lies and promises from Gates, Jobs unsighted what’s the real intention of Bill Gates, he is just blinded on what he call a FAMILY. “Success is a menace. It fools smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” A phrase which Bill Gates states that Apple and IBM are fools, and he proves it. He overthrown them and now being the wealthiest man in the world.  -Loyalty.

Another mistake that cause his failure is his bad attitude, being a so confident. Just like he has a superior power to rules, sort he has but this attitude truly brings him so down. The sense of success, the taste of being on top. The Steve Jobs that everybody loves is totally different backend. He is so impatient, he want total perfection, he wants a masterpiece of art, and all what he wants should be completed. A bad figure to all the people he worked with. It came the time that his workers are maddened and so furious of him because of his impatience, a guy who’s up for 50 hours straight. Like who the hell can survive that. Asking for brilliance? Asking for genius? Up for 50 hours straight is so exhausting. He pushes limits and breaks boundaries to be more effective company, although this act is helpful but in another way round it pushes madness and breaks friendship. He want to get what he wants no matter how hard it is, sort of good but most likely it tears down to pieces and ended up being fired by John Sculley.  -Impatient.

Steve Jobs is also arrogant. He feels like he’s holding one’s self. Even if his the boss, he should understand the risks and takes of his workers. They also have to see these people work for their own obligation. He overuse his power as the leader to control his workers and manipulate every act they do. He feels like all thing are in favor with him. The sense of holding a great power, like you’re a God and preach people and to think they’re always in favor with you. Without knowing that you stepped a person who helped to push you up. He feels like he already rule the world. Being successful, being known to the world, Steve Jobs’ head is getting bigger and bigger as his company. Arrogance, Steve Jobs’ overbearing pride.

People like Steve Jobs should learn to look back and appreciate things may be small or big, as long as it contributed for success. Learning to look back all the people who helped you to start, the people who’s with you struggling and dedicated on your project. The people who helped you to achieve, who risks their wealth, hardwork and time for you. The people who helped you to develop, who taking so much time to do the project, to make the company, to shape the world. The people who trust, the people who are still there, who are loyal, who are working for perfection, who are trustworthy.

Failures doesn’t always mean you’re down, it is an awakening to everyone that no matter hard you push there’s always a boundaries that breaks the pedal. Things are learned with experience, practices and failures. Learn from environment, develop new things. Explore.

 How do I see myself as technopreneur?

Actually, being an technopreneur is a not in the list achievement, but because it also a part of being an IT and opportunity is better in technoprenuership field. Firstly, I see myself developing or programming something that can love, At Steve Jobs case he loves to make money out of his computer. Well in my case, I want to make money out of my programs, without considering the marketing of it or how to persuade people to buy my product.

So I started to think technopreneur, an ability to execute my designs and market it. I think rich, I think money out of something. Something I risk but give me back sales and interest. Having a knowledge of technopreneur is a blessing, It can help and lead me to a better future. But surely there are many things to consider to become a successful and effective technopreneur.

The Best Personalities to Make the Best Entrepreneurs

Personalities are unique as the people who own them. They range from demanding to meek, cunning to creative, and some people embody multiple personalities. At some points they might be demanding and other points they simply sit back and let others take control. When it comes to being an entrepreneur or a business owner personality can make a major impact on the business. So, is there a perfect personality type for an entrepreneur to have in order to become great?

A focused personality

I believe an entrepreneur should have a confident, ambitious and driven personality. They need to be focused, not just on the task at hand but also the bigger picture. Entrepreneurs also need to stay positive to be able to deal with both the highs and lows of creating projects and running a business. Above all, entrepreneurs need to stay tough and not let the hard knocks, pitfalls or comments from others get them down. They should be resilient and flexible and be prepared for change. Decisions should be made using smart business acumen and not emotions. Entrepreneurs should also try and remain a little humble despite the success they may achieve along the way.

A strong and independent personality

I have owned a home-based PR/marketing company for 10.5 years now. I think the right kind of personality for being an entrepreneur is one that is strong and independent. As a sole proprietor, the success or failure of the business is completely dependent on my efforts. In addition to working on behalf of the clients on board and tasks at hand, you have to constantly be aware of the need to grow the business and set aside time to network and look for the next client. It’s a wonderful experience to be your own boss and enjoy the fruits of your labor, but the spirit to persevere is of absolute necessity! A friend recently gave me a good quote to live by as an entrepreneur: “Fail often.”

A determined, ornery chameleon personality

The best type of personality for an entrepreneur or business owner to have is what I call “a determined, ornery chameleon.” You need to be ornery enough that you can’t stand working for others and taking orders from people when you know you could do it better yourself. You need to be chameleon enough to hide your ornery side from your customers – those you need to treat like gold, even the few you can’t stand. You need to be determined and persistent enough to not quit when it gets tough, and to always be determined to find solutions when problems arise – as they inevitably will. This trifecta of personality traits will serve you well.

Being a self-starter

I would say an entrepreneur needs to be one that is a self-starter, very long term focused, and not moved easily by every wind or whim. You need to be able to not take “no” for an answer, and you need to be able to believe in what you are doing, that it will work, and that it is right. You need to be okay with losing many customers and deals on the way to getting your first few. You need a thick skin, and you need to be a good planner, a realist that is not dissuaded by several years of just scraping by in the process of growing your business enough to make a living at it.

One personality doesn’t cut it

I don’t think that any one personality is “right.” Sure you have to be a little bit crazy to plunge head first in to the risky pool, but it’s more about knowing your own strengths and weaknesses and building a team that compliments you. All too often entrepreneurs bring on people that are too similar to them and they wind up with problems of group think and affirmation bias. It’s better to bring on people that are different than you, who have different skills. And try to make sure you have advisors or team members that fit your customer profile! Last, having a team that is varied in point of view and skills can lead to conflict, so you have to learn how to make conflict a constructive part of your team dynamic. We used the Thomas Kilman Conflict module. It’s all about revealing your personal conflict style and learning how to work with people who have different conflict styles.

Dynamic, passionate and adaptable

I believe the three personality traits of successful entrepreneurs are: dynamic, passionate, and adaptable. Dynamism has a double meaning: 1) the ability to shine dynamically with others, and 2) the ability to bring a dynamic skill set to the table so that you are multidimensional in your approach and what you are able to achieve. As for passion, entrepreneurs should love what they do and let it show. The public face of an entrepreneur needs to be encouraging and passionate to challenge the status quo. Others respect purpose, passion, and genuine caring. Lastly, many experts will say that entrepreneurs should be firm in their vision. While I agree that entrepreneurs should have a clear overarching vision, I believe it is vital to be adaptable to shift strategies and plans based on real-time learning.

Being a visionary

Entrepreneurs are visionaries. We are imaginative, innovative, independent thinkers who love a challenge and love to challenge the existing standards. However, truly successful entrepreneurs must have a keen sense of business practicalities in order to turn their vision into reality. We are driven by mission, not money, but we also know how to create opportunity and make it happen. Entrepreneurs are not just dreamers but dreamer-doers.

A mix of extrovert and introvert

Many people believe that extroverts make better entrepreneurs than introverts – it’s not necessarily true. To align our definitions: extroverts gain energy by sharing ideas in a group and lose energy working alone. Conversely, introverts like to evaluate situations and consider alternatives thoroughly; losing energy when forced into exchanges where instant choices must be made. In my experience, both types can be effective as entrepreneurs – as long as they surround themselves with people of the opposite style. The high-risk entrepreneurs are those who surround themselves with people like themselves (e.g., a sales-oriented entrepreneur who hires other sales personalities, or a technical genius who hires other technical gurus). Effective entrepreneurs must be understand their strengths and their people’s strengths. Since each strength has a corresponding shadow side, they must consciously build a team that has complementary strengths is be successful in the long term.

Having a resilient personality

Resilience: Entrepreneurs who thrive accept the potential for failure and embrace failure when it happens. The root of their strength is that they don’t necessarily see themselves or their partners as failures as much as they do the idea or execution. Their focus is on learning and adjusting as opposed to wallowing in self-pity or seeking out scape goats. They always find a way to get back on track quickly, which means they have little time for playing the blame game.

Open and down to earth

Every business is different and it takes a lot of different personalities to cover everything, but for me being approachable is so important! I think Shear Enterprises, LLC has seen such incredible growth over the last few years because we are open, down to earth people. Our employees and customers alike know they can come to us and we will listen. Putting people at ease with genuine knowledge of our product and the people who represent it creates a trust level. I love what I do and I love to connect people and meet new people- you never know what magic may come of those relationships if you ignore the opportunities out there! Being in front of the camera in Hollywood for years and touring as a stand-up comic, I met a LOT of different kinds of people… Those experiences have been a great foundation for me to build a business and the relationships that make it grow. Serious business doesn’t have to look so serious!

Having the right personality at the right time

To run a business, you have to be a strange set of corresponding extremes. You have to be incredibly enthusiastic in your ideas and when the time is right you have to hit that switch and walk away uninterested. You have to be cautious to protect your interests but you also have to be out there and doing something new with the potential to loose your hat. You have to be organised and methodical but somehow have space to allow yourself to breath and cultivate ideas. You have to sell to every friend or family member you have but avoid talking business so you don’t get asked for discounts. You will find yourself on vacation, working harder then you did at your desk last week, to make up for the poor wifi. And for every second that you hate it. You have to love it just that bit more because its yours to hate. If you can’t be stern in your actions, find something new. Its black and white, no middle grey. Be both extremes at the right time or fail.

An analytic personality

The best CEO’s I’ve always modeled myself after are very analytic. They base decisions off of true data and less off gut instinct. This does two things. One, it gives business decisions a basis for comparison and two, it gives the employees something to understand. The reason I like the analytically approach is because it takes the emotion out of the equation. Emotion clouds judgment. That’s not to say I can’t be excited about new ideas or upset when problems arise. It’s just once those emotions pass, the data is how I go about taking the next steps.

Being an eternal optimist

The most successful entrepreneurs I know are eternal optimists. As an entrepreneur myself, I have to watch my optimism as it can get me into trouble. I have certain “realists” that I trust to keep me grounded. If I can convince these cynical friends of mine that an idea will work, I am almost guaranteed a winner. Another personality trait that stems from eternal optimism is the ability always move forward. When things aren’t going the way I want to, I picture myself just continuously putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. If you stop to wallow in your mistakes or savor your victories too long, you get stuck. Entrepreneurs are always moving on to the next big thing. So I guess another personality trait of the successful entrepreneur might be a touch of attention deficit disorder.

There’s a lot I have to learn with the help of hardwork that pushes your bounds and break walls. To discover new thing to develop with persevere and persistency. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to be a successful person without stepping other people, instead bring them with me to success.

Taking career path

Deciding on which path to choose or to take is crucial. Making decision for your own, it may be falls to best or comes to worst, it’s the deal of the risk. But whatever it takes, it is you who will face opportunities or failure in the end. Decision is just a part of human cycle, building it is a process of life’s venture. But in the end, the decisions we make comes to a final conclusion which we face the reality beyond our expectation.

Steve Jobs is an inspiring person, a motivator to all aspiring people who are dedicated to their dream. A revolutionary who pushes boundaries and breaks limits. “A man who sees the future.” What John Sculley describes Steve Jobs. He is dedicated to work, to make history. He wants the world to be unfold as he sees the meaning of the universe. Steve Jobs is really a great product of technoprenuership. Steve Jobs inspire me to move and motivated to become a technopreneur. Steve Jobs as a business minded person, he seeks and grabs opportunity, once he sees a great chance of his product to be recognized then he will take it as a great opportunity. He makes every deal a success, he transact any people to buy their product, he choose to go further than to go another way around. He sees the world is about to change, his business is about new revolution. He wants to unfold the world, he wants to build a Steve Jobs like he wants to. He wants to do things whatever it takes. He see himself as an instrument of change. He do whatever it takes to be on top and pull down IBM. Like Wozniak said, “He is born obsessed with wiping out IBM” He’s really is, I mean you can’t go to the top if there’s the one in the throne. How is a product introduction prepared? “People working on launch events will be given watermarked paper copies of a booklet called Rules of the Road that details every milestone leading up to launch day”, and for each of these milestones, the name of the employee responsible for its success (the DRI, see Steve at Work). This included the aforementioned steps of perfecting software, highlighting key features for demos, creating content, etc. Former Apple developer Matt Drance recalled the experience: “I worked at one point for 72 sleepless hours for something that Steve Jobs showed on stage for 9 seconds. It’s top three, if not no. 1, of my professional achievements. It didn’t look any different on that screen as it did on mine, but it was the knowledge that it was good enough to be on the stage that made it suddenly look different. I’ll never get that chance again, and I’m glad I had it.”

Then came the time of the rehearsals. If you were an Apple employee, you had to script and rehearse your part several times, first with your team, then in front of your successive bosses, leading up to Jobs. The same applied even for guest speakers: “one partner executive recounted spending a week and a half in Cupertino leading up to an Apple product launch. He presented to an increasingly senior list of Apple executives, culminating with Jobs.” Another recalled: “They told us — didn’t ask us, told us — what time the rehearsal was, what [we] should wear, and what [we] should say. There was no discussion about it”. He’s a venture man, he takes risks to achieve better success. He mark a stake and come up with much bigger income, business minded though. Having this inspiration motivate me to take same career path as Jobs’.

He contributed so much in business, engineer and IT industry. Even in other fields, Steve Jobs create a new consciousness to the society. New thing that the world will soon be used by people. He continue to explore and create new things. Back then,  as Apple is getting bigger and bigger, Steve Jobs is more smarter to compete. He need to be consistent in the business field. So Apple build an upgrade of the Apple I, and start to market it. He’s a innovative person, thinking his ideas come into reality, and he did. With the mouse and graphical user interface, that the idea is originally from the engineers at the Xerox. With his creative mind, Steve Jobs outplayed other businesses like Xerox and IBM. He is smart enough to outthink others, new idea new innovation and definitely more money. A mindset with a broad cognition, a critical thinker, a master of intelligence. Big words can explain how Steve Jobs proves his prophecy, his own destiny. He is persistent, Steve Jobs really is. He dedicated on his own will. Apple Computer was growing at an incredibly fast rate. The numbers were mind-blowing: from 2,500 Apple IIs sold in 1977, 8,000 were sold in 1978, and up to 35,000 in 1979. Remember there was no market for personal computers before! The company earned $47 million in revenues in fiscal year 1979, making Steve Jobs a millionaire on paper (he owned $7 million worth of private stock). The company’s board of directors, including its new members such as Arthur Rock and Don Valentine, began to discuss taking Apple public.

Meanwhile, the engineers in Cupertino started working on Apple’s future. Several projects came into being in those early years. First, in late 1978, there was the Apple III, which was supposed to build on Apple II’s legacy. Woz did not partake in the project and was critical of it early on. There was also an obscure project called Macintosh, headed by computer scientist Jef Raskin. He started to assemble a small team to work on a computer “as easy to use as a toaster”, that he named after his favorite apple.

Steve Jobs was not involved in any of those projects. He had another one in mind, called Lisa. And he hadn’t picked that name without a reason… Indeed, in 1978, while he was dating an employee of McKenna’s PR agency, Steve’s ex-girlfriend from high school Chris-Ann Brennan reappeared claiming she was bearing his baby. Steve denied the fatherhood, although everybody in his entourage knew he was the father. The baby girl was named Lisa… there was a lot of perplexity around Steve’s behavior, especially since he had suffered greatly from having been abandoned himself. He was going to do the same to his own daughter! Yet, at the very same time, he used the girl’s name for a project code name.

Project Lisa took a dramatic turn in late 1979, after Steve’s visit to Xerox PARC.

Nowadays, his artwork is still a mark of his success. I’m inspired with his strategist skills, blowing mind of every people he encounter. This is also a motivation to take same career path as Jobs’.

Steve Jobs left the world with his legacy, his unique work and his powerful outcome of his business. His works, innovations and ideas has marked this century. He always thinks for the better of their products, anything within their product should always be approved, a very meticulous man indeed. I admired Jobs, he might have that negative character in him but his potential and how great his works are, works which he considered as art. Steve Jobs is a leader, a great leader. An outstanding leader that, whatever you say, people are stunned to see and hear every word you speak. Steve Jobs, a real leader who want a talent, an artist, a loyal team. That values of Steve molds the Macintosh team, they strive hard and think more innovative, they work as a family with a teamwork and cooperation. Steve Jobs manage his worker so well. The resurgence of Steve’s cancer was a painful reminder that it was time to ‘put his affairs in order’ before his passing — and he did.

He made sure that Apple was ready to operate without him: in late 2008, he hired the dean of the Yale School of Management to create ‘Apple University’, a sort of internal business track to groom future Apple executives by exposing them to the Apple ways of doing business, through actual case studies in the history of the company. He also consolidated his executive team and agreed with the board that his natural successor would be his second in command, COO Tim Cook. Finally, at his last public appearance in June 2011, he unveiled his plans for the future Apple campus in Cupertino, a huge spaceship-sized building in the shape of a perfect circle. All of this was in place when, because of his increasingly deteriorating health, he resigned as Apple CEO on August 24, 2011.

Jobs also prepared his personal legacy. In 2009, he finally started giving interviews to journalist Walter Isaacson to prepare for his first and only authorized biography, giving him his perspective on his life and career. He also spent his last days designing a boat for his family on which he hoped to travel the world. Unfortunately, death took him too soon, and he died peacefully at home on October 5, 2011, surrounded by his family — the day following the introduction of the iPhone 4S, an Apple event that he watched from his deathbed.

Steve Jobs is really a brilliant, a genius who can probably conquer the world with his dedication and willingness to success. This thoughts motivate me to take same career path as Jobs’.

With the success of Steve Jobs, I can say that heading the path he started is the way I might choose as a technopreneur or an IT expert. Who knows, A new Steve Jobs will rise here in Davao City.

http://hear.ceoblognation.com/2013/03/11/the-best-personalities-to-make-the-best-entrepreneurs/

http://allaboutstevejobs.com/

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