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    • Thanks for the pointer to your blog. I have a father-in-law your age and I confess bracing myself for what I would discover in your writings because my father-in-law and his friends are fanatical Trump supporters, believing him to be the greatest leader of modern times.

      I have respect for many republicans and democrats but like anyone in any occupation I think they should have basic decency. Ross has it, even Steve did.

    • My favorite tee shirt states: "Elect a Clown ... Expect a Circus" with a picture of "Mr. T" as a clown. That should quell any fears. But most of my Academy friends are Republicans ... not all are Trump fans, thankfully

    • As a former product guy now in sales (though seriously missing product) it’s weird to see both sides of the argument.

      Many companies do ship crap. The best product doesn’t always win.

      And have you ever try selling something half-baked or unpolished? It’s the worst.

      It fascinates and weirdly encourages me to hear of this sort of friction and disagreement at the highest level of the game. Reminds me that most situations are largely the same, just higher stakes. That puts it both closer in reach from the standpoint of ambition while simultaneously renewing a sense of gratitude and contentment for where I am now.

      Thanks for sharing, Chris. Fascinating story.

    • Thanks, Derek. 🙂 Maybe timing is one of the most important things? I was at General Magic after NeXT and we had two junior engineers who sat not far from each other — Andy Rubin and Tony Fadell. Andy went on to create Android and Tony was key to creating the iPod and iPhone.

      The thing that always got me is that Android didn't seem very good in the beginning. They fast-followed Apple on some key interface ideas, but it still wasn't great for a long while. What many people thought was great was the Windows phone from Microsoft. A Microsoft exec told me they took the extra time to make it great but that got them to market too late, when Android already had momentum.

    • I am glad that people like Ross Perot invested in Steve Jobs and his NeXT corporation. I think that the research and development that came out of that work brought all of the wonderful devices, hardware and software we enjoy today to market. Perhaps if Steve had listened to Ross at the time these products would have come to market sooner, perhaps not. As with everything, timing is everything as is balance. With the right level of quality in a product at the right time you can be very successful. History is full of products that were too soon to market or that the world was not ready to receive. Likewise there are many products that are low quality whose idea is great but who lose out to the people who took the time to design in quality. The key is balance. An old design maxim comes to mind, "You can spend 90% of your time trying to perfect the last 10% of a design". The trick is to know when to go to market and work out the rest of the design in future releases. In the long run quality wins the day as does innovation that ends in getting results.