How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works
Business Plus, Hardcover, 9781455512157, 240pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2012
INSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.
If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the "DRI" (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).
Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. Lashinsky, a Senior Editor at Large for Fortune, knows the subject cold: In a 2008 cover story for the magazine entitled The Genius Behind Steve: Could Operations Whiz Tim Cook Run The Company Someday he predicted that Tim Cook, then an unknown, would eventually succeed Steve Jobs as CEO.
While Inside Apple is ostensibly a deep dive into one, unique company (and its ecosystem of suppliers, investors, employees and competitors), the lessons about Jobs, leadership, product design and marketing are universal. They should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.
Adam Lashinsky, one of America's best and most diligent technology reporters, has produced a fascinating glimpse inside Apple as it makes its transition into the post-Jobs era. It's filled with colorful reporting and smart analysis that offer lessons not just about Apple but about creative business leadership in general.
--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
Frankly, a business book hasn't grabbed me like that in a long-time.
--Bob Sutton, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and The No Asshole Rule.
I'm not a heavy reader. It's extremely rare that I'll read a book in one sitting. This one kept me hooked start to finish - I could not put it down.
--John Tokash, co-founder at Kartoffl.ly
Apple, Inc. could teach the Chinese a few tricks about secrecy. In this crisply written, engrossing book, Adam Lashinsky lifts the veil on how Apple really works and why it has been such as astonishing success. That is yesterday. What this book also does is explore tomorrow, including the challenges confronting a gifted group of executives trained by Steve Jobs but bereft of his leadership. I devoured this book in one sitting.
-- Ken Auletta, columnist for The New Yorker and the author of Googled: The End of the World As We Know It
Much more than Isaacson's, this is the one I've been waiting to read.
--John Lilly, Partner at Greylock, former CEO at Mozilla.
Lashinsky's book, then, is an important rebuttal of today's Silicon Valley orthodoxy that a successful 21st century company needs to be organizationally flat and open. Lashinksy may indeed be telling a truth that most of us don't want to hear. Apple, rather than Google, is the future of corporate America. And that future will be defined by secrets and lies, rather than by transparency and truth.
This book's real strength - besides lots of insight from people who knew and worked with Jobs, Cook and the rest of the executive team - is the way it frames different scenarios that could result from Apple sans Jobs... You get the feeling when reading this that people inside the company will be just as keen to pick up a copy as those of us on the outside.
--Erica Ogg, GigaOm
"Inside Apple" makes a worthwhile companion to last year's best-selling "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson. If Isaacson's book was the definitive biography of Apple's chief visionary, who died in October, then "Inside Apple" is a revealing guided tour of his greatest creation."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
Essential reading for anyone interested in management...
-- Steve Dennings, Forbes.com
If you're a real Apple fan, I'd recommend that you pick a weekend to read this because once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down. Much of that has to do with Adam Lashinsky's skilled research, interviewing and writing skills that make you feel like you are really part of the action
-- Business Insider
A profound portrait of Apple and Jobs.
-Michael Maccoby, author, Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails
Mr. Lashinsky's book is about the company's maniacal emphasis on secrecy, its management practices and other pieces of the blueprint that make Apple successful.
-Nick Wingfield, The New York Times
Inside Apple takes a peeler to the company, going beyond the legacy of Steve Jobs to analyze how a company with constantly moving walls and changing security checkpoints turned into a powerhouse for consumer technology innovation.
-Emi Kolawole, The Washington Post
A truly investigative work -- given the title -- worthy of any Kremlin watcher during the Cold War.
-Brian Tolle, Huffington Post
Lashinsky's account rings true in its analysis of how Apple has been willfully oblivious to current management orthodoxies.
-Richard Waters, Financial Times
This is a remarkable insider peak into one of this country's most secretive companies.
-Larry Cox, The Tucson Citizen
Lashinsky paints a fascinating picture of an organization headed by a charismatic, but dominating, leader.
-Morgan O'Rourke, Risk Management magazine
Inside Apple is the most important Apple book since Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs. It is, in many ways, the perfect companion to the Jobs biography.
-Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune.com
If you're a real Apple fan, I'd recommend that you pick a weekend to read this because once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down. Much of that has to do with Adam Lashinsky's skilled research, interviewing and writing skills that make you feel like you are really part of the action.
-Ivana Taylor, Small Business Trends
An intriguing look into the inner workings at Apple while examining the management and product development strategies they've implemented to create numerous game-changing devices.
-Yoni Heisler, Network World
Lashinsky penetrates the legend of Steve Jobs and his company and breaks down the building blocks that make it all work.
-Dennis McCafferty, CIO Insight
Though the book will appeal to Apple fans wanting juicy details about Apple's corporate culture, Inside Apple is also meant to be a guide for business leaders looking to draw some leadership advice from a team many believe is the best in the business.
-Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW, The Unofficial Apple Weblog
If you haven't read Adam Lashinsky's awesome new book about Apple, you should. It takes on many of the lessons MBA programs and Corporate America have been teaching about business for the past 50+ years and questions whether lessons from Apple might be more applicable in thinking about the future.
-Mark Suster, venture capitalist, GRP Partners
Lashinsky takes us inside the walled garden at Apple's corporate headquarters compound, at One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif., partially lifting the Kremlin-esque secrecy that shrouds the enigmatic company.
-Mark Veverka, Barron's