Your picks for Apple’s next ‘thought leader’



Who will lead the herd at Apple?

Photo: Andy Ihnatko, CC-licensed, Flickr.

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss Many Cupertino employees might well cheer the arrival of the "lifestyle design" author of The Four Hour Workweek, nominated by reader Tim Sweeney on Facebook. Photo: from The Four Hour Chef

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

"Erdogan of course. Two birds with one stone," says reader @oemoral nominating Turkey's embattled Prime Minister and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. Perhaps a job at Apple would make him rethink his stance on shutting off the information firehose of Twitter and YouTube. Photo: Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Richard Branson

Richard Branson also got a shout out from you guys - the Virgin Group founder and intrepid adventurer definitely has the bravado Apple needs to move forward into the future. Photo: via Richard Branson, Google+

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki Apple should bring back its one-time chief evangelist, says Charles Roberts on Facebook. "Well, I'm pretty sure if Apple hired any but one or two of your suggestions that would be the end of Apple. Elon Musk would be great, but I should add Fred Vogelstein, Walter Issacson, Steve Levy, Walt Mossberg, or even Deepak Chopra. Heck, try to get Guy Kawasaki back, he'd be great." Photo: courtesy Guy Kawasaki


Who wouldn't like to be a thought leader at Apple? A lot of you are sure to be just the right person for Apple. "Hire me! I think like a lot," says reader Jonmicol on Twitter.   His sentiments were echoed by Chuck ShipleyCharlie WafflesPatrick Baldwin and Whoizdan, among others. Cupertino, you've got some great candidates! Photo: Darwin Bell, CC-licensed, on Flickr

Luo Yonghao

This Chinese serial entrepreneur and popular blogger, nominated by @justor95 on Twitter, is at the helm of Smartisan, an Android-based OS platform. A tireless consumer advocate, he's once led a protest that smashed faulty fridge doors to get the attention of Siemens. Imagine his thoughts on antenna-gate. Photo: via Yonghao's Weibo account


Sir James Dyson

The industrial design mastermind, who received multiple nods from readers, is "the logical choice" says Scott Kuhn on Facebook.  Dyson's vacuums, fans and other gizmos could bring a real spin to the Internet of things at the Cupertino company. Photo: Michiel Hendryckx, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cult of Mac readers came through again: after our nominees, here are your semi-serious and sometimes outrageous picks for who should be coming up with the next big ideas at Apple.

One small footnote: Apple tweaked the job title on us. Now they are looking for a “business intelligence thought leader” rather than just a plain old “thought leader,” but the party game is still a fun one.