In an interview that is set to air today, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison tells Charlie Rose that he believes Apple does not have a bright future without Steve Jobs. In a brief clip that has been released early, Rose asks Ellison about Apple's future. Ellison replies:
"Well, we already know. We saw -- we conducted the experiment. I mean, it's been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we're gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs."
To be sure, Ellison is a very smart man who runs a very successful technology company and also happened to be one of Steve Jobs' best friends. However, to suggest that Apple is going to run into the ground again like it did after Steve Jobs' ousting in the mid-1980s is a bit shortsighted. In the late 1980s, Apple absolutely suffered without Steve Jobs' leadership. But part of that suffering was also born from the horrible leadership of John Scully.
Tim Cook and Jony Ive are no John Scully. Apple -- as a company and as a culture -- changed drastically after Jobs' return. Be certain that everyone remembers extremely well what happened to Apple when Jobs was forced out of the company, and is bound to make sure those mistakes do not repeat themselves.
The Charlie Rose interview with Larry Ellison airs today on CBS This Morning.