Daring Fireball's John Gruber has a nice reaction piece to the news that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Jobs' resignation wasn't completely unexpected given his medical leave of absence, though it still comes as a surprise. Gruber suggests this is just the latest in a long planned transition:
The company itself is Apple-like. The same thought, care, and painstaking attention to detail that Steve Jobs brought to questions like “How should a computer work?”, “How should a phone work?”, “How should we buy music and apps in the digital age?” he also brought to the most important question: “How should a company that creates such things function?”
Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.
It was previously reported that Jobs had hired Yale School of Management Joel Podolny to help prepare for life after Jobs.
Steve Jobs hired dean of Yale School of Management Joel Podolny to run the Apple University, an internal group also featuring business professors and Harvard veterans that are writing a series of case studies to prepare employees for the life at Apple after Jobs. These case studies focus on Apples recent business decisions and internal culture, they are exclusive to employees and taught by top executives like Tim Cook and Ron Johnson.
Tim Cook is now CEO of Apple at the recommendation of Jobs.