In the age of instant information, it’s amazing how quickly the news spread of Steve Job’s resignation. Since the news broke, there’s been a steady stream of articles from all sides and viewpoints. Some think Apple is doomed. Others think they’re just fine.
For instance, a couple of the more interesting articles coming from the news is a piece from Time.com entitled, “Top 10 Apple Moments,” and a piece from Huffington Post entitled, “7 Products That Steve Jobs Got Wrong.” While reading through them, I noticed a few interesting things that many businesses can learn from.
While I believe there’s much to learn from the failed products, one of the more important lessons is how Apple profited from digital music. They took advantage of a disruptive tech trend and revolutionized an industry as a result. While the music industry was busy trying to stop everyone from sharing music digitally, Apple saw an opportunity. They gave people a viable alternative to piracy, and profited hugely from it. The question for your company: How do you respond to disruptive trends?
While I’m sure there’s plenty more to learn from Steve Jobs, that really jumped out at me. Of course, if you have anything to add, I’d love to hear it in the comments.