Over email, Weintraub told us, “I think it is really about his intense curiosity which drives him to find and establish relationships over social media and other channels that most people (myself included) wouldn’t seek out. He may not get a response from 99 people but that 100th one could be that golden source. The curiosity also drives him to learn about every little thing about Apple and other tech companies which add context and depth in his posts. In other words, it is good old fashion hard work and smarts.
More so than any person I ever met in my life, he had the ability to change his mind, much more so than anyone I’ve ever met. He could be so sold on a certain direction and in a nanosecond (Cook snaps his fingers) have a completely different view. (Laughs.) I thought in the early days, “Wow, this is strange.” Then I realized how much of a gift it was. So many people, particularly, I think, CEOs and top executives, they get so planted in their old ideas, and they refuse or don’t have the courage to admit that they’re now wrong. Maybe the most underappreciated thing about Steve was that he had the courage to change his mind. And you know—it’s a talent. It’s a talent.
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