The Myth of Genius Tech Inventor

It is a critique in Silicon Valley that a leader can be very good at running a business. Developers, not good leaders, are usually the ones who excel in technology.

We imagine crazy scientists making their vision of the first personal computer, the software that hosts every website in the world and the electric car cooler. Turning an idea into a viable and long-lasting business is dull by comparison.

Companies will provide more energy to the business community than the manufacturers are a constant fear of professionals. The concern is understandable. Innovation is so important and difficult to support now that technology is a big industry.

But the treatment of one person’s knowledge above all other capabilities is a memorable choice in tech history. Triumph is often the result of thinking combined with obsessive business savvy. Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos were respected for their ideas but also for their excellent business acumen, business or ability to unite people after shared responsibility.

Good ideas are almost never enough on their own. Strong leaders also need pragmatism and other skills beyond dreams. And the way technology is infusing everything now means that the stories of intelligent tech inventors are rising in success.

I have been thinking about this since I started reading my new colleague Tripp Mickle’s new book, which explores the conflict between Apple’s head and his mind in the ten years since Jobs died.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is the head – whiz of content creation. Jony Ive is a genius designer who has helped Operations make computers more fun and more like modern smartphones. Ive resigned from Apple full-time in 2019 and, in Tripp’s advice, complained that experts and “accountants” were sucking Apple from its soul.

This is a temporary denial of what experts and investors say that Apple has lost its touch on product design and development. There is a similarity of Microsoft in its former manager, Steve Ballmer, and we have heard that the moment is about Google led by Sundar Pichai and Uber after its founder, Travis Kalanick, was forced to resign in 2017. The fear is that the business bureaucrats. really has intelligence and heart.

Some of these are natural concerns for companies as they grow. Some assumptions may reflect the idea of ​​a time when tech inventing was everything. The only option is to read tech history.

Celebrated Silicon Valley inventors are usually both heart and head. Jobs is a talented technologist but usually a brilliant pitchman and brand genius. Amazon is a reflection of Bezos ’design ideas and its financial insights. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are industry experts who are more competitive than they are software-coding masterminds. Elon Musk is a good producer, but his SpaceX is a good company because he works with professionals including Gwynne Shotwell.

The belief that intelligence is the most important ability of these technological characters “does not see the intelligence that makes these people stand out,” said Margaret O’Mara, professor at the University of Washington, which researches the history of technology companies.

He said that “The wise man alone is a strong legend because he has the truth,” but he also ignored the other wisdom and cooperation necessary to bring a ideas for life. “Although Thomas Edison had many, many people in his clinic,” O’Mara said, “O’Mara said.

Tripp’s book makes it clear that Apple as we know it today would not exist without Cook and other technocrats. Designing an iPhone is a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment, but it takes obsessive nerds like Cook to believe that Apple can produce hundreds of millions of good copies a year and never break.

It also highlights the skills required for the use of digital technology in exchange.

Technology is not limited to baking Ive inventions in a paper box. It has become a common denominator in the areas of medical care, manufacturing and transportation.

To be clear, that requires a professional expert who can come up with smart numbers, virtual worlds or satellites that deliver online services to the world. But at the risk of a woo-woo sound, it also requires curiosity about the hardships of humanity and the world, the ability to walk in organization and human inertia, and the urge to call for joint ventures to accomplish the future. The power to create is reasonable, but it is not enough.


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