Apple CEO: Stalemate (12/12/97)

Oy vey... It seems that Steve Jobs has Apple in a bit of a pickle. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Apple's having a tough time finding a permanent CEO and is highly unlikely to fill the slot before their "expected" date of January 1st.

So why is this Steve's fault? Because he wants to have his cake and eat it too. He doesn't want the responsibility of the full-time CEO position himself, but he wants to be chairman of the board so he can pull the strings of whomever takes the position-- and anyone smart enough to save Apple is too smart to take full responsibility yet have no real authority. Case in point: Ed Zander, a Sun exec, who was reportedly offered the job but turned it down when Jobs wouldn't agree to leave the board. Apple now reportedly has no one left on its list of candidates. In short, Steve has painted Apple into a corner-- The only way to break the stalemate is for Steve either to take the CEO job himself, or to leave the board. Meanwhile, MacOS Rumors reports that the latter scenario may be closer to happening than we'd have expected; one of their sources says that Steve not only threatened to leave Apple, but actually began "clearing out his office" before Larry Ellison convinced him to stay.

(By the way, we should mention that we were startled to see a link labeled "As the Apple turns" in the middle of the on-line Chronicle article. Unfortunately it doesn't link to our little show, but rather to some discussion forum. Darn.)

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  • 263: Apple NC's Still On (12/12/97)   And while Larry Ellison is very busy talking friends out of leaving Cupertino and dealing with a 30% stock drop in Oracle, he still has time to blab to an audience at Harvard about Apple's NC's. Just yesterday, Apple's PR firm Niehaus-Ryan was officially denying that Apple would announce NC's at next month's MacWorld Expo-- yet in Cambridge, Larry claimed that the Apple-branded network computers would ship in April...

  • 264: Falling Market Share (12/12/97)   The news just keeps getting worse. A article reports that according to market research firm IDC, Apple's sales market share has fallen yet again, dragging Apple from fifth place to eighth among U.S...

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