Woz hasn’t done much since leaving Apple back in the 1980s. He shows up online now and again with an opinion on this or that, gathers a day or two of publicity, then, just like Ewoks, he disappears into the shadows.
Amid calls for technology giants to be split up, I think it’s time for Apple to split up Steve Wozniak.
Just this week Woz appeared on Bloomberg, sporting a head of hair that I’m sure Steve Jobs would be willing to rise from the grave if he could get the same thing; the hair that inspired Wookiee and Ewok alike.
But I digress.
Woz on Apple.
I wish Apple on its own had split up a long time ago and spun-off independent divisions to faraway places and let them think independently.
This is exactly why Woz needs to disappear into the shadows more frequently and stay there longer. He’s interesting. He’s colorful. He’s out of touch.
It’s very easy to say something simple like, “I think Apple should be broken up in different, independent divisions” but without details it’s just brain particles rattling around underneath all that hair.
Hell. I’m jealous.
What’s the problem with breaking up Apple? The devil is in the details, folks. What should be broken up? How? What kind of resources would the extra pieces get?*
What’s the point?
Apple is a company made up of many parts and in an organization that is anything but typical, especially when compared to competitors. All those pieces work together to make Apple more than the sum of the parts. Every Apple product, too, is more than the sum of the parts, and those parts make a metric crap ton of million dollar bills for Apple Inc (I’m guessing; not totally sure how many pounds are in a metric crap ton, and not sure of how many million dollar bills would weigh that much).
Leave Apple alone, Woz. Apple is well diversified and working very well without you. If you’re going to stick around, then Apple needs to split up what you do; trot you out after a new product is introduced so you can say how “Insanely great” it is. Then, trot you back to your abode on Endor.
*Actually, I can think of some; how about if Apple stopped bleeding money for stock buyback programs and dividends; shareholders don’t deserve such attention because they provide nothing of value to Apple. Apple would have tens of billions to spare for such a breakup.