John Sculley Biography, Age, Net worth, Businessman, entrepreneur, Political issues, Pepsi Cola, Steve jobs, Quotes, Books

John Sculley Biography

John Sculley is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and investor in high-tech startups. Sculley was vice-president (1970–1977) and president of Pepsi-Cola (1977–1983) until he became the chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc. On April 8, 1983, he held in the position until when he left in 1993. In May 1987, he was named Silicon Valley’s top-paid executive, with an annual salary of US$10.2 million.

John Sculley Age

John Sculley was born on 6 April 1939 in New York, New York, United States. He is 80 years old as of 2019.

John Sculley Net worth

John Sculley earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a businessman, entrepreneur, and investor. He has an estimated net worth of USD $ 100 million dollars.

John Sculley Education

John Sculley graduated from Brown University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Sculley Wife

John Sculley has married several times, he first married the stepdaughter of PepsiCo president Donald Kendall Ruth Sculley whom he stayed with from 1960 to 1965, Carol Lee Adams whom he stayed with from 1978 to 2011 and Diane Gibbs Poli whom he married in 2013 to present.

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John Sculley Businessman, entrepreneur

John Sculley began working at Marschalk Co. in New York City in 1963.

From 1983–1993: Apple Computer, Inc

Apple lured Sculley away from Pepsi in order to apply his marketing skills to the personal computer market. Steve Jobs successfully sealed the deal after he made his legendary pitch to Sculley: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?”

Apple’s president, Mike Markkula, wanted to retire and believed that Jobs, who wished to be the company’s president, lacked the discipline and temperament needed to run Apple on a daily basis. Sculley, with his solid business background and considerable recent success, would give Apple an image of greater reliability and stability.

From the time they first met in 1982 until 1985, Jobs and Sculley had what both acknowledged as an amazing partnership. Sculley used his marketing experience to help keep the aging Apple II generating much-needed cash and helped Jobs launch the Mac with the most admired consumer marketing campaign of its time.

When Sculley started at Apple, he got a $1-million signing bonus, $1 million in annual pay and options on 350,000 shares of Apple. Once Jobs took over the Macintosh project from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and early Apple employee Jef Raskin, he became the product czar and made all the product decisions.

The Lisa computer, an innovative model designed by a team initially led by Jobs, became available in January 1983 and had disastrous sales. When Jobs’s Macintosh, the first of a new series of models with a pioneering black-and-white graphical user interface, was shipped to stores in January 1984,

Sculley raised the initial price to $2,495 from the originally planned $1,995, allocating the additional money to hypothetically higher profit margins and to expensive advertising campaigns. Macintosh sold well and received excellent reviews, but it did not eliminate the IBM PC. Some of the privileges of Jobs’s elite development groups were trimmed, and projects were subject to stricter review for usefulness, marketability, feasibility, and reasonable cost.

At the peak of the Macintosh success, Apple made an attempt to move unsold inventory of Lisa computers by renaming it to “Macintosh XL” and positioning it as a top-of-the-line pro-Macintosh model. At this point, a power struggle between Jobs and Sculley was becoming obvious. Jobs became “non-linear”: he kept meetings running past midnight, sent out lengthy faxes, then called new meetings at 7:00 am.

He had little control over the Macintosh division where Jobs was the general manager. The Apple board of directors instructed Sculley to “contain” Jobs and limit his ability to launch expensive forays into untested products. Rather than submit to Sculley’s direction, Jobs attempted to oust him from his leadership role at Apple.

He found out about Jobs’s plans and called a board meeting at which Apple’s board of directors sided with Sculley and removed Jobs from his managerial duties. Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT Inc. the same year He said in 2015 that Jobs never forgave him and their friendship was never repaired.

After Jobs left, Sculley was named the president and the company experienced a turnaround in 1986; one journalist wrote “since Sculley joined the company many things have changed”, and that his “strategy has worked”. Wozniak credited the Macintosh’s initial success to Sculley, saying that he “worked to build a Macintosh market when the Apple II went away”.

Apple introduced a faster microprocessor and renamed “The Macintosh Office” to “Desktop Publishing.”Under the direction of Sculley, who had learned several painful lessons after introducing the bulky Macintosh Portable in 1989, Apple introduced the PowerBook in 1991. The same year, Apple introduced System 7, a major upgrade to the operating system, which added color to the interface and introduced new networking capabilities.

It remained the architectural basis for Mac OS until 2001 when the classic Mac OS was replaced by Mac OS X. The success of the PowerBook and other products brought increasing revenue. For some time, it appeared that Apple could do no wrong, introducing fresh new products and generating increasing profits in the process. The magazine MacAddict named the period between 1989 and 1991 as the “first golden age” of the Macintosh. Under the leadership of Sculley, Apple’s sales multiplied from $982 million in 1983 to $7.9 billion in 1993.

Microsoft threatened to discontinue Microsoft Office for the Macintosh if Apple did not license parts of the Macintosh graphical user interface to use in the Windows operating system. Under pressure, Sculley agreed, a decision which later affected the Apple v. Microsoft lawsuit. About that time, Sculley coined the term personal digital assistant (PDA) referring to the Apple Newton, one of the world’s first PDAs. In 1987, Sculley made several predictions in a Playboy interview.

He predicted that the Soviet Union would land a man on Mars within the next 20 years and claimed that optical storage media such as the CD-ROM would revolutionize the use of personal computers. Some of his ideas for the Knowledge Navigator were eventually fulfilled by the Internet and the World Wide Web during the 1990s and others by Apple itself with the introduction of Siri. On December 5, 1992, Sculley, as Chairman, CEO, and CTO of Apple Computer, Inc., gave a seminal speech regarding the future of the Internet, titled “The Dawn of a $3.5 Trillion Communications Mega-Industry: Information Access, Processing, and Distribution in a Digital World.”

This was the keynote address to a packed house at the Harvard Business School’s Burden Auditorium, as part of the inaugural student-run Harvard/MIT Communications 2000 Symposium (now known as the Harvard Business School Tech Club’s annual Cyberposium). In the early 1990s, he led Apple to port its operating system to run on a new microprocessor, the PowerPC. Sculley later acknowledged such an act was his greatest mistake, indicating that he should instead have targeted the dominant Intel architecture.

After a bad first quarter in 1993, amid a personal-computer price war and internal tension over the company’s direction, Apple’s board forced Sculley out. He resigned on October 15, 1993, and was replaced by German-born Michael Spindler, who had been Chief Operating Officer. Spindler was ousted three years later.

Sales at Apple increased from $800 million to $8 billion under Sculley’s management, although many attribute his success to the fact that Sculley joined the company just when Steve Jobs’ visions and Steve Wozniak’s creations had become highly lucrative. However, his stint at Apple remains controversial due to his departure from co-founder Steve Jobs’s sales structure, particularly regarding Sculley’s decision to compete with IBM in selling computers to the same types of customers.

Others say that the “two clashed over management styles and priorities, Jobs focusing on future innovation and Sculley more on current product lines and profitability”. But Sculley ultimately was forced to step down as Apple CEO because he was opposed to licensing Macintosh software and was talking to Goldman-Sachs about splitting Apple into two companies. When Sculley left in May 1993, Apple had $2 billion in cash and $200 million in debt.

Sculley is recognized as an expert in marketing, in part because of his early successes at PepsiCo, notably his introduction of the Pepsi Challenge, which allowed the company to gain market share from primary rival Coca-Cola. He used similar marketing strategies throughout the 1980s and 1990s at Apple to mass-market Macintosh personal computers, and today he continues to speak and write about disruptive marketing strategies.

Sculley investment involves a number of high-tech start-up companies, including 3CInteractive, XL Marketing (now rebranded as Zeta Interactive), Inflexion Point, Mobeam, OpenPeak, x10 Credit, Pivot Acquisition Corp., nextSource and WorldMate. He is the Chairman of the PeopleTicker and SkillsVillage. Jeff Daniels portrayed Sculley in the film Steve Jobs, Matthew Modine portrayed him in the 2013 film Jobs, and Allan Royal portrayed him in the 1999 TNT film Pirates of Silicon Valley.

1993–present: Tech-investing

After leaving Apple on October 23, 1993, Sculley became chairman and chief executive officer at Spectrum Information Technologies, a New York-based company that held key computer patents for wireless data transmission. Only four months later he resigned from the company and filed a lawsuit against Spectrum president Peter Caserta, seeking more than $10 million in damages.

He alleged that he was misled when he was hired at Spectrum by not being told of SEC inquiries and “aggressive revenue recognition accounting” for license fees. He has been a founding investor in MetroPCS (formerly General Wireless) and helped guide the company’s brand marketing; MetroPCS became a multibillion-dollar public company on the New York Stock Exchange until its acquisition by T-Mobile in 2013.

He built NFO Research from $25 million to $550 million in revenue and sold it to IPG for $850 million. He helped launch and advised, Intralinks (which was co-founded by his brother Arthur), and InPhonic,, and PeoplePC—each of which became billion dollar market cap public companies in the 1990s.

In 1997, he became the chairman of Live Picture, a California-based company, to oversee its push into high-quality, low-bandwidth imaging over the Internet. US$22M in venture capital was provided for the company. Sculley later left the company but remained an investor. In 1999, Live Picture filed for federal bankruptcy protection as part of a plan to be acquired by MGI Software.

In 1997, Sculley co-founded PopTech with Bob Metcalfe and several other dignitaries from the technology industry. In 1998, he joined the board of directors of BuyComp LLC (now, an Internet-only computer store. Two years later, he partnered with Dennis M. Lynch to launch Signature21, providing marketing services to small to medium-sized businesses.

In 2001, Sculley and Lynch transitioned the company into a learning program for rising entrepreneurs. Months later, Lynch left the company, while Sculley continued to consult and work with small businesses, including InPhonic, whose board of directors he later joined. InPhonic was an online retailer of cell phones and wireless plans.

Sculley’s early leadership helped steer InPhonic towards its successful IPO in 2004. He served as the vice chairman of the InPhonic board of directors. InPhonic filed for bankruptcy in 2007. In 2002, he endorsed and invested in the Wine Clip, a wine accessory product, which claims to accelerate the aeration of wine by exposure to magnets.

A year later he helped in the founding of Verified Person Inc., an online pre-employment screening company. He currently[when?] serves on the board of directors. In 2004, Sculley joined the board of directors at OpenPeak, a maker of software for wireless consumer electronics, digital media, computers, and home systems. In the same year, Sculley became a venture partner at Rho Ventures.

In March 2006, he was named Chairman of IdenTrust (formerly Digital Signature Trust Company) a San Francisco-based firm focusing on verifying identity and boosting financial security. Before speaking at the Silicon Valley 4.0 conference, Sculley was interviewed by CNET in October 2003, where he explained the mistakes he made at Apple concerning the Apple Newton and HyperCard.

He had canceled Apple’s first hand-held mobile tablet PenMac led by Paul Mercer with applications by Samir Arora and instead signed an agreement to work with Sharp Electronics on the Newton technology. Also in 2003, Sculley was interviewed by the BBC for the television documentary The World’s Most Powerful episode Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates, discussing his time at Apple during the 1980s as CEO.

In 2010, he was interviewed for Cult of Mac on the topics of Steve Jobs and design. He has spoken at PopTech since its opening in 1997 every year except for 2005.[dead link] In 2007, he co-founded the data company Zeta Global with business partner David A. Steinberg, and in January 2014 the data analytics firm XL Marketing rebranded and incorporated its resources into Zeta Interactive, re-launching it as a Big Data-Driven Marketing firm.

On January 30, 2014, Sculley was a panelist at a forum organized by Zeta, which featured ad executives, marketers and NFL executive to discuss the changes in the way companies market and reach consumers since Sculley’s time at Apple in 1984 when the computer company featured what became one of the first iconic Super Bowl ads the 1984 commercial. In October 2016, Zeta Interactive was again rebranded as Zeta Global.

In 2014, Sculley co-founded Obi Mobiles, a smartphone brand aimed at the emerging markets. The company was renamed Obi World phone. He has also been working in the health care industry, focusing on RxAdvance, a cloud-based platform that helps pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurers manage chronically ill patients living at home.

John Sculley Political issues

Sculley went into politics in the early 1990s on behalf of Republican Tom Campbell, who in 1992 was running in the California Republican primary to be the party candidate for a United States Senate seat. Sculley hosted a fundraiser for Campbell at his ranch in Woodside.

He had become acquainted with Hillary Clinton, serving with her on a national education council. When Bill Clinton ran for president, Sculley supported him. Sculley sat next to Hillary Clinton during the President’s first State of the Union address in January 1993.

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He worked for Pepsi-Cola from 1967–1982

John Sculley joined the Pepsi-Cola division of PepsiCo in 1967 as a trainee, where he participated in a six-month training program at a bottling plant in Pittsburgh. In 1970, at the age of 30, Sculley became the company’s youngest marketing vice-president. He initiated one of the company’s first consumer-research studies, an extended in-home product test in which 350 families participated.

As a result of the research, Pepsi decided to launch new, larger, and more varied packages of their soft drinks,  including the two-liter bottle Sculley worked with DuPont to develop. In 1970, Pepsi set out to dethrone Coca-Cola as the market leader of the industry, in what eventually became known as the Cola Wars.

Pepsi began spending more on marketing advertising, typically paying between US$200,000 and $300,000 for each television spot, while most companies spent between $15,000 and $75,000. With the Pepsi Generation campaign, Pepsi aimed to overturn Coca-Cola’s classic marketing.

In 1974, Sculley became president of PepsiCo’s International Food Operations division, shortly after he visited a failing potato-chip factory in Paris. PepsiCo’s food division was their only money-losing division, with revenues of US$83 million and losses of $156.5 million.

To make the food division profitable, Sculley fired all the people from its Frito-Lay and improved product quality, as well as improving accounts and establishing financial controls. Within three years, the food division was making US$300 million in revenues and $40 million in profit.

Sculley was best known at Pepsi for the Pepsi Challenge, an advertising campaign he started in 1975 to compete against Coca-Cola to gain market share, using heavily advertised taste tests. It claimed based on Sculley’s own research that Pepsi-Cola tasted better than Coca-Cola. The Pepsi Challenge included a series of television advertisements that first aired in the early 1970s, featuring lifelong Coca-Cola drinkers participating in blind taste tests.

Pepsi’s soft drink was always chosen as the preferred product by the participant; however, these tests have been criticized as being biased. The Pepsi Challenge was mostly targeted at the Texas market, where Pepsi had a significantly lower market share at the time.

The campaign was successful, significantly increasing Pepsi’s market share in that state. At the time the Pepsi Challenge was started, Sculley was senior vice-president of United States sales and marketing operations at Pepsi. Sculley himself took the taste test and picked Coke instead of Pepsi. In 1977, he was named Pepsi’s youngest-ever president. Although commonly called the CEO of Pepsi, this was never the case. At the time of his departure, Don Kendall was CEO of Pepsi.

John Sculley Books

  • Moonshot! 2014
  • Moonshot! Game-Changing Strategies to Build Billion-Dollar Businesses 2015
  • De Pepsi à Apple 1988

John Sculley Quotes

  • If we hadn’t put a man on the moon, there wouldn’t be a Silicon Valley today.
  • Apple makes really good products, and Samsung makes really good products. It’s really a two-horse race. Where I think Apple is exposed: the price points of Apple’s products are just so high by comparison with Samsung’s.
  • My guess is that Apple won’t just pass Microsoft in market capitalization, but will go way beyond it.
  • Health care missed the PC and Internet revolutions, but it can’t afford to miss the cloud and mobile revolution.
  • It’s suddenly practical to do very high-quality video wirelessly over mobile devices, and we’re just in the early days of that.
  • I never claimed to be a computer engineer, but I did train as an industrial designer, and I am a consumer marketer, and I am very comfortable dealing with complex businesses and complexity in general and simplifying it – basically a systems designer.
  • Healthcare has been the last major industry that hasn’t been touched by technology in terms of productivity and consumer adoption in the way so many other industries have.
  • I think that televisions are unnecessarily complex. The irony is that as the pictures get better and the choice of content gets broader, that the complexity of the experience of using the television gets more and more complicated.
  • Everything at Apple can be best understood through the lens of designing. Whether it’s designing the look and feel of the user experience, or the industrial design, or the system design, and even things like how the boards were laid out.

John Sculley and Steve jobs

John Sculley and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs got together every weekend for five months as Jobs was trying to convince Sculley to take a job at Apple. Sculley, who was the CEO of Pepsi at the time, first met Jobs after Thanksgiving in 1982. “We got to know each other very, very well, but at the end of it, I said, ‘Steve, I’ve thought about it and I’m not coming to Apple,’” Sculley, now 79, tells CNBC Make It. This was the last Sunday in March 1983.

“Steve paused and thought for a while, and then he was about 18 inches away from me and in those days he was in his 20s and he had jet black hair, very dark eyes and he was right in my face and he said, ‘You want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?’” On April 11, 1983, Sculley joined Apple as its CEO. And from 1983 to 1993, he was the CEO. In that time, Apple went from having revenues of $569 million to $8.3 billion, Sculley tells CNBC Make It.

One of the Jobs’ talents was convincing talented people to work with him. “Steve had that ability to put into words exactly a message that would resonate with the people he was trying to recruit,” Sculley says. Indeed, it worked for Sculley. In the years Sculley and Jobs worked together at Apple (Jobs resigned in 1985 before returning to the company again in 1997), Sculley learned numerous lessons from the iconic inventor and entrepreneur.

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