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Advice from one visionary to the next: Just start
Earlier this year, I experienced one of those fortunate coincidences that makes life interesting. Around the same time that I was starting to look forward to the release of Virgin Produced’s new film, “Jobs,” which depicts the Apple founder Steve Jobs’ life as an entrepreneur, I had dinner with a wonderful group of entrepreneurs including Nest’s Tony Fadell, Mike McCue of Flipboard, and Dave Morin of Path, along with the CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo. Fadell and Morin both worked at Apple earlier in their careers, so of course I asked to hear more anecdotes about Jobs, the entrepreneur I most admire.
Fadell was the man behind Apple’s revolutionary iPod. Early in his career at Apple, Fadell approached Steve Jobs with the initial concept, and then worked on building and developing 18 generations of iPods and three generations of iPhones.
Fadell talked quite a bit about Jobs’s leadership style and how it affected the company. It’s well known that Jobs pushed his employees to achieve stunning results, demanding perfection, and that he was quick to criticise when things didn’t go right. And his people met that challenge: Things went very well with the iPod, which transformed the music industry.
Fadell felt that no matter how good a product was, Jobs never thought it was perfect. Part of this drive to perfection meant that Jobs did not back down.
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