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    • Chris, your complimentary comment is appreciated! However, my career, although good to excellent, was never in Perot's league. This is evident by my "Harvard-grad-and-lawyer" son's comment when I pointed out my relationship with Ross -- by explaining that Ross's desk was just behind mine in the IBM Dallas branch office. My son snapped back "Dad, I bet that was the only time Ross was ever behind you"!!

    • Chris, I see that you are a co-founder of CAKE ... I want to let you know that at the age of 91, I became a blogger (3 years ago). After over a couple of hundred blogs I have become somewhat "feeble" mentally ... not actually, but emotionally ... with writer's bloc. Our country's current administration has given rise to many blogs but has also caused a sudden drought ... as indicated in my last few attempts. You might check them out at http://www.oleguyramblin.com

    • 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.