I’ve read the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs. I’m waiting on a copy of Becoming Steve Jobs from the library. And I’ve been reading the disagreements over how Steve Jobs has been portrayed (Medium, NYTimes, Daring Fireball). All the fighting and PR seems to me to have gotten out of hand.
Steven Levy with Medium hits home:
In the long run, though, I believe that the disagreements about Jobs’s personality will have diminishing importance as future students of technology and culture seek to understand what Steve Jobs actually did, and how he did it.
Steven is right on, but it’s only a small point in a bigger article about the “war over Steve Jobs”.
The benefit of these biographies of Steve Jobs is learning about Steve’s mindset. He questioned every assumption in every project and made sure they aligned with a bigger vision. That’s what we need to remember about Steve Jobs. That’s what we need to focus on.
Do you want to change the world like Steve Jobs? I don’t think you need to read a book. Just be crazy:
Medium posted Astro Teller’s closing keynote remarks from South by Southwest Interactive. Astro oversees Google[x], the division of Google that’s devoted to making long-term technological innovations. The talk is very inspirational.
If you work in local government management and ever need a motivational boost, these are the sources I look back to:
The Effective Local Government Manager from ICMA.
This City, This Man: The Cookingham Era in Kansas City by Bill Gilbert.
On the need for authenticity in social media for gov folks:
It has to be an engagement strategy of actually, like, going back and forth with people, responding to people who disagree with you, or thanking people who say nice things or favorite their tweets. That’s not a natural thing for folks in government because it’s not really what people are trained to do. There’s risk involved and your goal as someone who works in the White House or anywhere in government is to keep yourself off the front page of the newspaper and not get unwanted attention.
FiveThirtyEight has a great video about Grace Hopper, one of the first computer programmers or coders in the world. Her first tech related job title was actually “Computer”. Those were crazy times as modern computing was being founded. Hopper retired from the United States Navy as a rear admiral in 1986. She was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy. She is also featured prominently in a book I recently read, the The Innovators by Walter Isaacson.
I wish I could embed the video here, but go watch it at FiveThirtyEight and learn about one of the pioneers of computing.
I continue to believe that fiber is single best economic development project a municipality can fund. See here, here, here and here. But as fiber continues to roll out in more towns, the advantage won’t be there much longer.