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[CNN]Why Amazon's Jeff Bezos is the next Steve Jobs

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(CNN) -- With the passing of Steve Jobs earlier this month, the tech industry lost one of its most revered icons. So where will the industry turn for inspiration now that Jobs is gone?
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This kind of frustrates me. One, why is he going to be the next Steve Jobs instead of the first Jeff Bezos? The importance that society places on some social icon status is disturbing. Forwarded by the following comment that almost made me stop reading the entire article:

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Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg has star power, but he and his company are still too young and untested
If I were Bezos, I'd take offense to this article basically summing me up as a second hand Steve Jobs, straight down to (some of) my personality. It starts to be less about technology and more about the cult status of Steve Jobs.

Blech.
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Well according to most of you guys Steve Jobs didn't do anything and was evil. So why would Jeff Bezos want to be anything like him.
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If Bezos was the next Steve Jobs, he wouldnt have released a $200 tablet. He takes a totally different product strategy than Jobs. Frankly, I think he cares more about profits and simply getting hardware into the hands of consumers for cheap to make up tenfold on media. And that's fine, but c'mon media...stop trying so hard to find the next Jobs.

And I'm a huge promoter of Amazon Prime, I use it 3-4 times a week (literally). And I preordered the Fire an hour after it launched.

I just don't think his or his company's strategy is remotely close to Apple's.
 
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So where will the "tech journalists" turn for "stories" now that Jobs is gone?
Fixed it up a bit.
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Why be the next Steve Jobs and not the next Dennis Ritchie?
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why not just be jeff bezos? also, i fail to see how amazon is anything like apple. their products are affordable and practical.
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The Media panders to the most ignorant and stupid in society.
What do you guys expect?
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Originally Posted by _02 View Post
This kind of frustrates me. One, why is he going to be the next Steve Jobs instead of the first Jeff Bezos? The importance that society places on some social icon status is disturbing. Forwarded by the following comment that almost made me stop reading the entire article:

If I were Bezos, I'd take offense to this article basically summing me up as a second hand Steve Jobs, straight down to (some of) my personality. It starts to be less about technology and more about the cult status of Steve Jobs.

Blech.
What you fail to realize is the fact that he changed A LOT of things the future of not only America will entail but other countries around the world will as well. A mind like his would be an honor to be compared to, not an insult or some "cult" mentality.

Give credit where credit is due, I may not personally be able to list EVERY influence he has had but I can tell you that it isn't a limited and only of its time, but rather quite a large spectrum and something so substantial humanity itself will change along with.

Development is key to the future and this guy, out of a garage, managed to take this on and change the world we live in and its future.

*Edit* Think about it, the things that are happening in our lifetime will be taught to our future generation of children as if it were what was taught to us in our school years, they are the future of society.
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If Bezos was the next Steve Jobs, he wouldnt have released a $200 tablet. He takes a totally different product strategy than Jobs. Frankly, I think he cares more about profits and simply getting hardware into the hands of consumers for cheap to make up tenfold on media. And that's fine, but c'mon media...stop trying so hard to find the next Jobs.

And I'm a huge promoter of Amazon Prime, I use it 3-4 times a week (literally). And I preordered the Fire an hour after it launched.

I just don't think his or his company's strategy is remotely close to Apple's.
I think you have Bezos pinned all wrong. Jeff Bezos has built Amazon on one principle: give the customer the best experience possible. If it means a lower price, do it. If it means greater functionality, do it. But most importantly, give them the best service possible. Amazon has made many moves that are in line with this principle. The company has thrived, and the customers are generally very happy.

When you contrast this with Mr. Jobs's approach of "I want to make a ding in the universe" you will see the two are very uncommon. Jeff wants happy customers (and employees) and Steve wanted to be so large that the universe would take notice. Very different people, really. In fact, Steve often laughed at Jeff's ideas, and then had to eat humble pie when he was wrong. The best example of this is when Steve told Jeff the Kindle would be a tremendous failure.
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