We are going to kick off Mobile Madness 2016 with our first bracket of tech luminaries. We are going to cover some heavy hitters like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as well as some industry innovators like Ray Wenderlich and Felix Krause.

First up: CEOs who inherited empires

Steve Ballmer vs Tim Cook


In one corner we have Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. Steve is known for his…passion for software as well as his ownership of the LA Clippers.

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In the other corner we have Tim Cook, current CEO of Apple and …fan of Pharell’s Happy


Apparently we’re not the first to make the comparison:

NYTimes: Why Tim Cook is like Steve Ballmer
Forbes: Will Tim Cook be the next Steve Ballmer?
Yahoo: Is Tim Cook the new Steve Ballmer?

However we are the first to pit them head to head. Who will be victorious? Answer the twitter poll here

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Second Bracket: Famous Founders

Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are each half of wonder duos that made modern personal computing what it is today. PC versus Mac. Generous genius versus design-centric demigod?


Which world do you back? Answer the twitter poll here

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Third Bracket: Mobile CDOs

Jony Ive vs Matias Duarte

The men behind modern UI patterns and design. Jony Ivs has led the Apple Design-Revolution. While Matias Duarte has spearheaded Material Design – Google’s attempt to fold the diverse android platform under one unified design theory.



Has Jony Ive lost his magic “intimate” touch with the recent launch cycles? Will Google ever solve their massive design/product fragmentation issues? Who is the better design-guru? Answer the twitter poll here

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Fourth Bracket: Tools and Teaching

Felix Krause and Ray Wenderlich

We snuck these guys in here as innovators each in their own way. Felix Krause is the brain behind the recent Fastlane Tools, which we recently sang the praises of at a local Cocoaheads meeting. Ray Wenderlich is the king of iOS tutorials and guides.




Both are contributing to the developer experience without being the head of some mega-corp. (But who is doing it better?) Answer the twitter poll here