As Dave Winer notes, Mark Anderson, writer of the hugely influential Strategic News Service email newsletter is now blogging. I met Mark a couple of years ago while working at PC Pro magazine, and he’s probably one of the smartest people I’ve ever met.
Mark has already written an excellent analysis of the issues surrounding Steve Jobs’ knowledge (or lack thereof) of the whole Apple stock options issue. To quote:
“Here is my conclusion: I think (and I have no direct evidence for this, other than the behaviors and quotes from those involved) that Steve Jobs was aware of the practice, did personally benefit, and had some role in the granting and dating of those options.
I expect that the company is doing its best to find fall guys and scenarios that will allow Steve to stay. Apple, I am afraid, has a real problem, the only problem that it can’t work around. It is trying, but time does not, in fact, heal all wounds. I’ve come to the tentative conclusion that Steve was involved.”
Ouch. Mark speaks not only from authority, but as someone’s who’s been a huge fan of the way Steve has taken Apple since his return.
“A lot of people have called me the Guy Who Brought Steve Back, since I suggested the success of that move when Gil Amelio was CEO, and an avid reader of SNS. Gil, by the way, should always get the real credit for having saved Apple, by bringing Steve back, when no other CEO would touch him.
I’d hate to also be the guy who showed him the door. He’s doing a miracle job at Apple, and I, for one, would like to see it continue.”