15 Dec
2019

What’s It Like To Work For Tim Cook? A Former Apple Sales Exec Dishes

first_imgRelated Posts dan lyons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Apple CEO Tim Cook booted out two top executives last week, and some observers were surpised to see that Cook, who seems like a soft-spoken, amiable Southerner, can also play rough. “Cook has shown a ruthless side,” Charles Arthur of the Guardian wrote. One person who wasn’t surprised by Cook’s toughness was David Sobotta, a former Apple sales executive who just published The Pomme Company, a memoir of his 20 years (1984-2004) at Apple. Sobotta didn’t report directly to Cook, but as director of Apple’s federal sales group he had a lot of contact with Apple’s current CEO, who joined Apple in 1998 to run operations and, later, was executive vice president of worldwide sales.Since 2005 Sobotta has written an Apple-centric blog called Applepeels. Last fall he wrote to Cook informing him that he also intended to write a book about Apple. Sobotta quickly received a letter from Apple’s legal department, one that left him “extremely upset” and ready to abandon the project, he says.If you’re a hard-core Apple fan it’s a good read, if only to get a little taste of what life is like inside Apple. (In a word: Tough.)Sobotta insists that he has no ax to grind even though he remembers Cook humiliating Sobotta’s team at a sales conference by putting up a slide with a picture of a toilet plunger as commentary on the group’s performance. I emailed Sobotta and asked what he thought about Cook getting rid of Scott Forstall, who ran iOS development, and John Brownell, who Cook had hired to run retail less than a year ago. Via email, Sobotta shared the following:Not A People Person“Well, for starters, Cook is not a people person,” Sobotta writes. “He certainly will not stand behind someone if the going gets rough. He is not that kind of guy. I sense no personal loyalty in him, and I suspect employees already understand that.“Tim will react to the numbers or his fear of being wrong quickly. Fear of being wrong is a managerial trait that runs strong and deep in Apple because of the way Steve ran the company. Even the appearance of being wrong when in the end you might be right is dreaded at Apple.“You don’t make mistakes at Apple and get a second chance. That often hinders decision-making and creates a lot of passive-aggressiveness between teams that should be cooperating.” A Poor Judge Of Character“I haven’t followed the saga of the new retail guy so he might have been a terrible hire, but that would also fit the Cook pattern. The people I saw him hire were not good ones. I don’t think he relates well to people. Based on some of the people he has stuck with, I think he is poor judge of character. “Apple never had a disciplined way of making decisions. It was always whoever got Steve’s ear that won. Certain people always had the inside track. Likely the way to win now at Apple is to blow in Tim’s ear.”Tim On Tech“Technology-wise, I think Tim Cook is a lightweight. I never felt passion for technology from Tim like I did from Steve and some of the great engineers.”A Manager, Not A Leader“I would expect that Tim is having a hard time herding the chickens. From what I saw of him, he was something of a loner. He is not a warm guy nor is he the type to go wandering the halls or Caffe Mac to find out what is happening. His preference is to tinker with spreadsheets and numbers. He is not a natural leader. He’s a manager.“From what I saw, Tim is the kind of guy who would just fire some folks rather than try to sort out what is working and what isn’t working. I never felt like he wanted to get down into the details unless they were numbers. I also think he can easily be swayed by someone who protects him from the messy parts of running a company.”The Painful Part“I use Mountain Lion and Windows 7 both every day.  Windows works better. It pains me to say that. I would rate Apple’s screwing around with the ‘Save As’ command [Apple removed ‘Save As’ from OS X Lion but restored it, sort of, in Mountain Lion] as one of the dumbest user-interface decisions in the history of computing. I’m not sure pulling DVD drives out of iMacs is much better.  Certainly the maps decision [in iOS 6] will haunt Apple for a long time.“It is going to get worse at Apple. It is not a sustainable business culture.”Apres Steve, Le Deluge?“There are three factors that I see, the first being the business culture within the company. While the company needs strong leadership after Steve Jobs, anyone at Apple will tell you that taking risks and showing leadership (rocking the boat, trying something new) are not encouraged. With an environment like that, strong leaders end up butting their heads against the wall, and either leave on their on accord or get asked to leave. The company has a strong ‘manage up’ culture so it is not unusual for Apple managers to not really have a clue what is happening in their customer base.“Second, Apple doesn’t develop its own talent. The company has a strong propensity to hire folks from outside the company. The new folks come in, spend a year figuring which end is up, and end being very frustrated. [The experience is] demoralizing to the people who now report to them and who already knew what their bosses just spent a year learning. It is a horrendous way to run a company.”What’s The Next Great Thing?“The third is that Apple is a `next great thing’ company, and that in and of itself is unsustainable. They haven’t found the next great thing after the iPad and iPhone, and their shares in both those areas are slipping. Of course they are ignoring traditional computers to a large extent.“I could add a fourth [factor] related to the third point, but it’s debatable. Always in the past when Apple screwed up or got too cocky, they could fall back on a core group of `prosumers’ who were dedicated to Apple’s products. I think Apple has lost or is in the process of losing those folks, but I have no way to measure that other than I know a fair number of folks like myself that are no longer Apple products evangelists.“I got a note from [a former Apple colleague] last night that it was time to replace his wife’s MacBook and he offered to get her whatever she wanted. She chose Lenovo.”David Sobotta’s book, The Pomme Company, is available in Kindle format from Amazon. Don’t hold your breath waiting for an Apple iBooks version.Top image courtesy of Reuters. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#David Sobotta#iPad#iPhone#Mac#Tim Cook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img
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3 Dec
2019

Parts of Pune flooded as Mutha canal wall breaches

first_imgParts of Pune city were inundated on Thursday following a major breach in the right wall of the Mutha canal, causing damage to homes situated along the Mutha riverfront area.Rescue teams and Fire department authorities, who rushed to the spot said there was no loss of life and that all people who were in harm’s way had been evacuated.According to authorities, the wall of the canal’s right bank caved in sometime after 10:30 a.m. in the morning, leading to flooding inside hundreds of shanties and slums in the city’s Parvati area, affecting more than 5,000 residents living in these parts. “The situation is under control now. The flow of water reduced by late noon,” said a fire department official.Irrigation department officials immediately stopped further discharge of water from the Khadakwasla dam — one of Pune’s lifelines — to the canal following the breach and said the matter was being investigated.Angry residents Angry residents surrounded Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak when she visited the homes of those afflicted. “All our utensils and savings have flown away. If this had occured at night, it might have led to great loss of life. The city’s politicians only come to us for votes during election time, but are least bothered in maintaining any infrastructure,” said an irate resident.Ms. Tilak however said that the Pune civic body had, in the pas,t warned the Irrigation Department authorities about repairing the canal wall, but the Irrigation authorities allegedly failed to take cognizance of it.“The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will do everything to provide respite to those afflicted by this incident. We will make provisions for lodging those residents in temporary homes whose shanties have been destroyed by the discharge. We will make sure they are recompensed,” said Mayor Tilak.Smaller mud homes and tin-shed shanties across a 12-km stretch from the areas around the Khadakwasla dam to the Dandekar bridge were hit by the breach. Police personnel, who rushed to the spot, stopped traffic along the Dandekar bridge which remained submerged owing to the sudden flooding.“This is sheer negligence on part of authorities. The canal wall caved in owing to the tremendous force of the discharge from the Khadakwasla dam. The discharge has been going on at the rate of an excessive 1200 cusecs of water for more than a month. The question arises as to who authorized this discharge which could have proven fatal,” said noted city-based environmentalist and RTI activist Vivek Velankar, speaking to The Hindu.Demanding an explanation from the irrigation authorities for the sheer lack of maintenance of the structure, Mr. Velankar noted that the decision to release water was all the more mystifying as the city’s water needs were satisfied for the moment and the rains had stopped.“Currently, the city requires only 300 cusec of water to fulfill the needs of those living in the Cantonment area. So, what was the motive behind this excess discharge which put strain on the canal walls?” he said.The 140 km-long Mutha canal built during the period of the British Raj, which conveys the water from the Khadkwasla dam to Indapur tehsil, has scarcely been subject to audits on part of the State of civic body authorities. “This incident clearly proves the lack of any frequency audits to check the condition of the canal wall. The prime reason for this negligence is the eternal conflict between the State Irrigation Department and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with both bodies passing the buck when it comes to maintenance of any structure,” said RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar, speaking to The Hindu.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Nana Patekar responds to charges with legal notice

first_imgAs actor Tanushree Dutta — who has made allegations of sexual harassment against veteran actor Nana Patekar — began to find support from within the film industry, his lawyer Rajendra Shirodkar sent her a legal notice.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Shirodkar said, “We have sent a legal notice to Ms. Dutta today in the evening denying all allegations made by her and seeking a written apology. If she does not respond to the same, we shall take further action which can either be filing for criminal defamation or a suit for damages.”The actor has claimed that she was sexually harassed by Mr. Patekar on a film set in 2008 — with choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Sami Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang being complicit. She also said that members of Raj Thackeray’s political outfit Maharashtra Navnirman Sena encircled and damaged her car when she attempted to leave the set with her parents. Ms. Dutta is said to have filed a complaint with the Cine and Television Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) shortly after the incident. A statement from Ms. Dutta to The Hindu said, “A man who is claiming to be Nana Patekar’s advocate is calling up people close to Tanushree and media houses alike threatening to drag Tanushree to court for speaking up. Even after 10 years Nana Patekar is still harassing Tanushree Dutta with legal threats and intimidation tactics while the whole world is watching.”Standing in solidarityFormer broadcast journalist Janice Sequeira has corroborated Ms. Dutta’s account. Ms. Sequeira tweeted what she had witnessed while covering a behind-the-scenes account of a song shoot on the day. Shyni Shetty, then an assistant director, also wrote a personal account of what transpired on the day, partly confirming both Ms. Dutta’s and Ms. Sequeira’s accounts.Farhan Akhtar tweeted, “This thread is very telling. @janiceseq85 was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when #TanushreeDutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago she did not & her story hasn’t changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned.” Retweeting Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra tweeted, “Agreed..the world needs to #BelieveSurvivors”Twinkle Khanna tweeted, “A working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this brave woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us!”Siddharth Suryanaryan wrote on Twitter, “Reporting abuse is traumatic. To be analysed in public for it is torture. To have some bastard suggest the woman is doing it for attention is inhuman. You always give the victim benefit of the doubt. Enough with shaming! Innocent men will overcome any accusation!” Apurva Asrani tweeted, “Sad. My people don’t think twice about raising their voice for the West’s #MeToo movement, but sit silent, promoting each other’s films, whilst #TanushreeDutta fights a lone battle against #NanaPatekar. Too many skeletons in too many closets. A #HouseOfCards waiting to collapse…”Richa Chadha said, “No woman wants publicity that opens the floodgates of trolling and insensitivity. What happened to her on set was intimidation. Her only fault was she didn’t back down — takes a special courage to be #TanushreeDutta.” Raveena Tandon tweeted, “When our industry fails to stand for and protect its own. They get their chance and lose it. Makes our films on women empowerment hollow. The deafening silence on #TanushreeDutta case is sickening.”Parineeti Chopra tweeted, “Survivors… have dealt with something horrible and come out on the other side. So believe them, respect them.”last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Wimbledon 2011: Paes, Bhupathi advance in mixed; Somdev out

first_imgVeterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, along with their respective partners, advanced to the third round of the Wimbledon mixed doubles event after notching up straight-set second-round wins here.Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won their respective mixed doubles second round matches. APBhupathi and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina, seeded fourth, beat Australians Stephen Huss and Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 7-6 (3), while 14th seeds Paes and Zimbabwe’s Cara Black got the better of the Dutch-Polish team of Rogier Wassen and Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-4.But it was curtains for Somdev Devvarman in the men’s doubles event after he and Japan’s Kei Nishikori lost 3-6, 4-6, 6-7 (5) to the sixth seeded French-Serbian combine of Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in the second round Monday.Bhupathi and Vesnina will now be facing an American-Belarussian combination of Eric Butorac and Olga Govortsova.On the other hand, Paes and Black will be up against the winners of the second-round match between the third seeded Serbian-Slovak pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik and local favourites Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson.last_img read more

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