Feeds

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley, who engineered Steve Jobs' removal from managing the company's Macintosh division in May 1985 – a move that eventually led Jobs to resign that September – now thinks it may not have been such a good idea.

"I think, in hindsight, for the founder to leave was a mistake and I was a part of that," Sculley told The Times of India.

Sculley may have his regrets, but he also had his reasons: Jobs' legendary ... hmmm ... what term should we employ to keep true to the ancient adage, De mortuis nil nisi bonum? How about "mercuriality"?

"Steve in 1985 was not the same as the Steve in 1997," Sculley now says. "By the time he came back, he was a much more matured and experienced executive, while back in the eighties, he was still a young learning executive."

Steve Jobs and John Sculley

Steve Jobs and John Sculley, at a time when suspenders and a bow tie weren't impossibly outré

Sculley also argues that he was correct in his decision at the time to not lower the Mac's starting price of $2,495, and subsidize it by digging into the profits being earned by Apple's then-flagship product, the Apple II. [Or Apple ][, according to some purists—Ed.]

"That was all the profit of the company," he told the Times. "I never thought there was merit in lowering the price of the Macintosh. I never regretted that decision."

Hindsight being 20/20, Sculley now thinks that there could have been a way to work out his differences with Jobs – perhaps through negotiation, perhaps through more involvement by the Apple's board of directors, perhaps through a personality transplant for the mercurial Jobs.

"But you can't change history," the former sugar-water salesman now says. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.