Former Apple CEO Sculley says he has found the ‘next Steve Jobs’

Karen Haslam
17 December, 2012
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Former Apple CEO John Sculley thinks he has found the next Steve Jobs.

Speaking about Grant Verstandig, 23 year old founder of Health, a social network that encourages healthy living and works with insurance companies, Sculley said: I’ve never seen these insurance companies move so fast to work with anyone before.” Verstandig could be: “The Steve Jobs of consumer health services,” he told Business Week.

Sculley joined Apple from Pepsi in 1983, with Steve Jobs famously asking him: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?”. Sculley left Apple in 1993, forced out by the company’s board.

Earlier this month Sculley said that he thinks people are “underestimating just how well Apple is run.” He said: “If Steve Jobs had left the company four years ago, the company might be in a very different situation than it is today. The question is: Does it still deserve a Steve Jobs premium?” He seems to think the answer is yes: “Steve Jobs lived in a world of black and white, no compromises, perfectionist. He believed that you had to keep pushing the edges of innovation, and Apple is still doing that.”

Earlier this year it emerged that the X Factor’s Simon Cowell and singer/The Voice’s were reportedly joining forces on a TV show that would search for the next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

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