John Sculley co-founded Inflexionpoint, an IT and telecom supply chain Company that will be launching its phones in India under the Obi Mobiles brand. In order to get a little publicity for Inflexionpoint, Scully usually pulls out an Apple-related story to capture the presses attention. What is he saying now? Another Steve Jobs story of course where Sculley uses the press like a priest at confession.
According to an Indian report, Scully begins by reminiscing about being hired from PepsiCo by the iconic but temperamental Steve Jobs with a legendary pitch, "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to come with me and change the world?"
Sculley went on to join Apple, but ended up becoming part of a corporate legend by firing Jobs from the company he had founded. Jobs came back later and turned around the then-ailing Apple into the world's biggest technology company.
As he gears up to start a new venture focused around India for selling low-end mobile phones (not competing with Apple's top-notch devices), Sculley — now 75 — says that he regrets the decision taken in 1985 by the Apple board of directors to move Jobs out of the company. "I think, in hindsight, for the founder to leave was a mistake and I was a part of that."
Yet he somewhat backtracks by stating that we have to remember that "Steve in 1985 was not the same as the Steve in 1997. By the time he came back, he was a much more matured and experienced executive, while back in the eighties he was still a young learning executive."
Sculley, who was one of the stars in the US corporate world after doing wonders for PepsiCo, was hired by Apple to get consumer marketing insights into the technology world. However, he developed differences with Jobs over the issue of subsidizing the struggling Macintosh by digging into the resources earned from the profitable Apple 2. Sculley opposed the move. "That was all the profit of the company. I never thought there was merit in lowering the price of the Macintosh. I never regretted that decision."
However, he still feels that some way would have been found to have them both work for the company and this could have been facilitated by Apple's board then. "I think there could have been a way, in hindsight, where Steve and I did not need to have a confrontation, and we could have worked it out. And, perhaps the board could have played a bigger role in that. But you can't change history."
Now didn't that confession make you feel better John? That's nice of you, but unfortunately you're still going down in history as one of the villains in that saga. And one more thing, John: The fact that you have to keep dragging out your story at every company event and tweaking it each time for publicity sake is really cheap and annoying. Look forward and stop talking about what could have been. It's really getting old.