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Steve Jobs, one of the computer industry’s foremost entrepreneurs, gives a wide-ranging talk to a group of MIT Sloan School of Management students in the spring of 1992. Jobs shares his professional vision and personal anecdotes, from his role at the time as president and CEO of NeXT Computer Corporation, to the thrilling challenges of co-creating Apple Computer, and subsequent disappointments at his ousting. In conversational exchanges with audience members Jobs underscores the value of direct experience in the field, and “developing scar tissue.” The unexpected guest lecture within the Sloan Distinguished Speaker Series came about through the efforts of a Sloan MBA ’92 student whose sister had recently married Jobs.
(Special Thanks to Youtuber Paul Mangione for linking out these highlights!)
5:13 Comparing management vs. operational productivity in software
9:25 Rapid development of application software using NeXT
10:30 Desktop publishing on the Macintosh
15:25 Problems with consultants
18:03 Should NeXT just become a software company
24:38 Who are NeXT's competitors, Sun Solaris, Microsoft NT, Taligent
27:41 NeXTSTEP operating environment, "the code that never breaks is the code that you don't
write...so write less code", benefits of object-oriented programming
30:59 NEXT's growth dependent on application developers
33:25 reflecting on separating from Apple and the struggles at Apple focusing on consumer electronics
37:27 Big achievements and management organization at NEXT
41:45 How technology windows open in the market, Apple II, DOS, Lisa, Macintosh, NeXT Cube,
"I think object-oriented technology is the biggest technical breakthrough I have seen since
the early 80's with graphical user interfaces and I think it's bigger actually."
46:40 Should you develop applications or objects and tools, "the brightest people are writing objects"
48:23 Developing products with higher education, Project Athena
51:22 What I Learned at Apple, taking a longer-term view on people
53:01 Management style and resolving conflict
56:18 Macintosh and PC and challenges with portability, processor speed, disk space, high speed
networking, true color displays, power
58:45 Manufacturing systems Macintosh vs. NeXT, removing warehouses with Just in Time processes,
factories as software with interesting I/O devices (robots)
1:06:11 Using manufacturing to improve time to market, product and process simultaneously
1:11:57 Growth of Apple and the Macintosh market
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