"We're gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make "me too" products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it's always the next dream."' - Steve Jobs
Several years ago, in Lake Mary, Florida, I had a chance to have a conversation with a man whom I believe is one of the great entrepreneurs of our time. His counsel and his words - but more importantly - the way he lives his life - taught me so many unspoken lessons about life.
During one of these conversations, we talked about my unabashed passion for Apple.
In particular, Steve Jobs.
See, Jobs is a dynamic activist for his cause. His cause - being a socio-techno-revolutionary - founded a company which changed modern computing. Caused Microsoft to commit intellectual theft to conquer. Returned to revive a company which again rode out to the frontier of where a digital life was going. Introduced a device which changed an entire industry in the iPod.
And maybe just a bit unpronounced, he became an Angel investor in a company which brought the most powerful brand in the world - Disney - to its knees with Pixar.
Steve Jobs is a revolutionary.
In that conversation, I remember saying to this man that Jobs was poised to become the most powerful man in the history of the culture of the planet.
Because he took the most powerful - the most recognizable brand - in the history of the world - by beating them.
Once, he said that Pixar had the chance to be the "next Disney..."
They came with animated characters and stories which became part of the fabric of our global society. His team of animation pirates created characters who spoke to masses. Who moved families to tears and brought them together. He oversaw the creation of things which weaved a new fabric into a industry which saw it's inkwell dry up and heard it's last roar from the mouth of a lion named Simba.
Jobs brought the Mouse House to its knees.
Then, Disney did the only thing it could do.
They bought Pixar.
But Jobs was no dummy. He's the largest shareholder in the company that just took a look out to the frontier and saw the great potential in the arsenal of Marvel Comics - and bought them. Now, Spidey stands along Buzz, the Hulk, Lightning McQueen and Mickey Mouse as brothers in the Mouse House.
Colin Powell once said that to win any war you have to use overwhelming firepower.
Disney - has overwhelming firepower.
But Disney is also a company.
A company which controls the popular culture of the world.
And sitting at the head of that table is one man. The largest shareholder in the company.
The man who is in charge of Apple.
The man who now can singularly direct where global pop culture is going.
Bill Gates who?
Buckle up. Life just got fun again.
Go, Steve, GO!