He mapped out a strategy to rescue the failing merger on a whiteboard in 2003
After a long meeting with Steve Jobs last year about what the iPad would mean for publishers, Fortune‘s technology editor Stephanie Mehta — known to her colleagues as “Stephanie Telephony” when she covered telecommunications — remarked that Jobs was a surprisingly astute student of other people’s businesses, including hers.
Case in point: A story Brent Schlender, who covered Jobs for 25 years, tells in the current issue of
about a similar meeting seven years earlier:
The anecdote is part
Steve Jobs and Me
, in which Schlender reminisces about his unusually close relationship with his subject (Jobs invited Schlender’s children to his house for a Toy Story pre-screening and visited Schlender twice in the hospital when he nearly died from a freak infection). It’s a lovely piece of writing, and it’s available online here.