Site icon Leonid Mamchenkov

Jobs vs. Schmidt = product vs. service

Gizmodo is running a very speculative – and yes, there are speculations, – post about a meeting between Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt.  It took place in a public place, and someone noticed it and made a couple of pictures and now everyone and their brother is running around trying to figure out what these two were talking about.  Things went as far as even consulting a body language expert.

Firstly, my reaction to this is: “C’mon!  Leave them alone already!“.  Who cares?  But it seems too many people do.  So there kicks in my second reaction – since we don’t really know what it was all about, let’s speculate and blow this out of all proportions.  After looking at the pictures, reading through the comments, and through the body language expert’s analysis, here is my view of what is captured on those pictures.

This is, quite obviously, a historical moment, where two schools of thought are standing against each other.  Steve Jobs represents the old school which stands for closed things and for products, as in things that you can touch, feel, and break.  Eric Schmidt represents the new school of thought, which is characterised by openness and the idea of a service.  Two great men with two great companies behind them meet at the neutral point.  And while Eric seems to be more uncomfortable, as body language expert suggests, the important bit here is that they are at the same table on the same terms.  The clash of the titans, so to speak.  The outcome is obvious for some of us though.  Go, Eric, go!

P.S.: Before you start throwing lava balls at me, I do mean this as a joke, and yes, I am drunk.  It’s Friday night after all.

P.P.S.: There is some truth to every joke.

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