Henry & Steve

“Henry Ford and Steve Jobs.” That was a comment made this morning on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” by financial enthusiast James Cramer during a discussion of how Apple has changed American culture through the introduction of innovative products like the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad and presently has a valuation ahead of Microsoft, something that was unthinkable not all that long ago.   While there is certainly some hyperbole in comparing the man who “put the world on wheels” with the man who has made tech cool, it makes me wonder whether the auto industry has another Henry Ford in it—someone who is sufficiently willing to take the sort of risks necessary to transform the industry into something more sustainable rather than merely make changes at the margins.

“Henry Ford and Steve Jobs.”

That was a comment made this morning on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” by financial enthusiast James Cramer during a discussion of how Apple has changed American culture through the introduction of innovative products like the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad and presently has a valuation ahead of Microsoft, something that was unthinkable not all that long ago.

 

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While there is certainly some hyperbole in comparing the man who “put the world on wheels” with the man who has made tech cool, it makes me wonder whether the auto industry has another Henry Ford in it—someone who is sufficiently willing to take the sort of risks necessary to transform the industry into something more sustainable rather than merely make changes at the margins.