Article: Steve Jobs

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STEVE JOBS - the brain behind one of the world’s largest companies, Apple Inc, which he co-founded in a garage. On October 5, 2011, Jobs died in California at age 56, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. People, be an Apple product-user or not, look at Jobs as an inspiration and a role model. His success made a great impact in the world’s technology.

Steve Jobs, an adopted son of Paul and Clara Jobs, is a biological son of Abdulfattah John Jandali (a Muslim immigrant from Syria) and Joanne Schieble (later Simpson). He dropped out from Reed College after only one semester but continued his auditing classes in the said college. Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple in 1976. Employees from that time described Jobs as an erratic and temperamental manager. It led to being fired from the company he co-founded.

After the life in Apple, he founded NeXT computer in 1985. In connection, Jobs also acquired The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm in 1986 which then later on is known as Pixar. It contracted with Disney to produce a number of computer-animated feature films. NeXT was acquired by Apple which brought Jobs back to his co-founded company in 1996. On January 24, 2006, Jobs announced that Disney had agreed to purchase Pixar in an all-stock transaction worth $7.4 billion. The deal made Jobs the largest stockholder of The Walt Disney Company, holding 7% of the company’s stock.

After the oust of Gil Amelio in 1997, Jobs became the de-facto CEO of Apple. It is only in 2000 that Jobs became the permanent CEO of Apple after dropping the “interim” modifier from his title. Jobs quipped at the time that he would be using the title 'iCEO’ which probable gave the idea of the products’ names such as iPod, iTunes, and so on.

Being the Apple’s CEO, Jobs earned $1, held 5.426 million Apple shares, as well as 138 million shares in Disney. Jobs quipped that the $1 dollar per annum pay was based on attending one meeting for 50 cents while the other 50 cents was based on his performance.

One of the noted speeches of Steve Jobs was from the Commencement Exercises at Stanford University wherein he was the speaker in 2005.

“Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“ Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.”

“I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”


Article: Foreign Designers’ Plight Regarding Counterfeit Culture in China

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In this generation of high-tech gadgets such as smart phones, information is passed freely and easily. This brought many positive effects to the world, specifically businesses. However, like everything else, it has its share of negative effects as well.

In China, a student is acclaimed to be equally intelligent with his master if he has exactly copied his masterpiece. It is in regard this aspect of a culture of counterfeiting that foreign designers are currently facing and fighting a battle with.

China is known for counterfeit versions of famous brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, and the list goes on. Foreign brands, despite facing this Chinese culture, pushed through with their branches in the said country. Some of these brands, however, take a leap in their selling terms to avoid the counterfeiters from getting the designs.

Dolce and Gabanna is said to be prohibiting people from taking pictures of anything that relates to the store in its struggle to protect the designs’ copyright.

Vera Wang Bridal House Ltd. (VEW), which is owned by Chinese-American Vera Wang, charges 3000 Yuan fee for a 90-minute slot to try on designer wedding gowns. If the bride chooses to buy the gown, the 3000 Yuan would be deducted from the price. If not, the fee is forfeited.

These terms, of course, gain negative feedbacks from customers specifically netizens. VEW responded that the fee is there to deter the counterfeiters from trying on the gowns and taking pictures of them in the fitting room.

Due to this internet uproar, a representative of VEW recently told Reuters, “Please kindly be informed that Vera Wang has abolished appointment fees at her bridal salons worldwide starting from March 27, 2013.”

This incident conclusively implies only two things: (1) there is a growing number of people who are willing to pay the price of any luxurious product; and, (2) China’s counterfeiting business is a serious problem and still dominates over designer brands in terms of luxury products.

 (Foreign Brands Struggle To Trust Consumers Due To China's Counterfeit Culture)

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