On March 1st, the Technology Leadership Council and Express employment Professionals hosted a leadership and innovation breakfast meeting with almost 70 technology professionals featuring a book synopsis of Steve Jobs, a biography by Walter Isaacson. An executive panel consisting of Paul Kimbel, from Microsoft, Jim Rossman, from the Dallas Morning News, and John Arnott, Sr., from Wave Two LLC, provided an introduction and discussion of the book and a general summary about technology innovation.
The panel provided a detailed assessment about the life of Steve Jobs and his performance as a leader and innovator in technology. Jobs emphasized that you should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last. He was known during his career for creating great products, but just as significant was his ability to create great companies with valuable brands. And he created two of the best of his era: Apple and Pixar.
He craved perfection, and he was not always good at figuring out how to settle for something less. He did not like to wrestle with complexity or make accommodations. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” said Jobs repeatedly when he emphasized that Apple’s products would be clean and simple. Jobs also maintained that if you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.
The TLC would like to thank our sponsors and guests for attending. The mission of the TLC is to attract and retain a strong successful core of technology-focused companies, connect business technology resources with opportunities at local educational institutions, and educate local organizations regarding new trends in technology.
Here are some pictures from the event and a short video about how the TLC is currently helping the Irving community: