Yesterday on his blog John Gruber wrote:
Rob Enderle will not be ignored in the race to say the stupidest possible thing regarding the Steve Jobs medical leave hoopla:
“Steve Jobs is the Ronald McDonald of Apple, he is the face,” said Rob Enderle of Silicon Valley research company Enderle Group. “They either need to redefine the company so his role is divided among different people or they need to find somebody that can clone Steve Jobs.”
So Enderle either (a) believes that McDonald’s was founded by a man named Ronald McDonald; or (b) believes that Jobs’s role at Apple is equivalent to that of a fictional clown.
Now, I have to say that Enderle does say some incredibly stupid things, even when it isn’t about Steve Jobs. However I really hope that Gruber isn’t serious when he postulates (a) and (b) in the quote. Clearly Jobs is the face of Apple. He’s the one guy everyone associates with Apple. I think it’s pretty clear that if Jobs leaves it will have some effect, even if temporary, on the company. It certainly will certainly affect the stock price.
Come on John. Get real here.