CNBC‘s Jon Fortt yesterday tweeted that Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch is leaving the company to join Apple. This of course is interesting for one main reason: Adobe’s forefront technology has never been natively supported on iOS. Today, John Gruber has brought to light a Mythbusters parody video that features Apple’s new hire destroying iPhones, simply because they won’t run flash.
— Jon Fortt (@jonfortt) March 19, 2013
John Gruber has been very vocal about his opposition to the hire, pointing out Lynch’s die-hard dedication to the platform as recent as two years ago:
For example, the recent Nexus One from Google will rock with a great experience in the browser with Flash Player 10.1.
As you may know, Google has since dropped flash support in Android entirely.
Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki has listed the following as one of the things he learned from Jobs himself:
Actually, Steve believed that A players hire A players – that is people who are as good as they are. I refined this slightly – my theory is that A players hire people even better than themselves. It’s clear, though, that B players hire C players so they can feel superior to them, and C players hire D players. If you start hiring B players, expect what Steve called “the bozo explosion” to happen in your organization.
Referring to Kevin Lynch as a “Bozo,” Kawasaki reminds us that the late Steve Jobs warned about hiring people less influential than yourself. That “the bozo explosion” would be detrimental to Apple.
What do you think about Apple bringing on someone from Adobe to head Technologies?