Carsten Knop has been the managing editor for business news at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ newspaper) since the beginning of 2007. He recently served as a member of the jury for the 2012 Code_n Contest.
Janina Benz: Carsten, you spent many years in Silicon Valley. During that time, you observed Steve Jobs and even got to know him personally. Your book, Big Apple – The Legacy of Steve Jobs, highlights your experiences. What is it that fascinated you about him, and what, in your opinion, was the secret of his success?
Carsten Knop: No encounter in my professional life has been as intense as my encounter with Steve Jobs. The man had a demanding aura about him, an inner fire. He somehow managed to get the best out of everyone around him. It was both fascinating and inspiring. As I underscore in the book, he fostered creativity, but also demanded it. That’s just how it was, even in the early development stages of this book.
JB: During your professional career, you have met several innovative entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs’ words of wisdom were: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” Would you say these are necessary attributes for innovators, or can true entrepreneurial spirit survive without them? read more