[Mike Chedwick] All successful companies founded and run by visionaries tend to decline when the one with the “Golden Touch” dies.
Mike, As you obviously know, history has proven time and again that you are absolutely right about that part.
[Mike Chedwick] “[Apple] is ripe for ruination.”
However, I respectfully disagree with that part … I just don’t think FCP’s possible exit from the pro market indicates that Apple is either on or approaching the downside of its growth curve as a company. In fact, although I don’t have Apple’s balance sheet in front of me as some other posters seem to, I would be extremely surprised if FCP sales in the last few years represent any more than a tiny fraction of the company’s overall revenue. It seems far more likely that iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc. represent the bulk of the company’s value and I don’t think we’ll see the end any time soon for iDevices and the kinds of massive market share they garner.