I think Steve Jobs was much less an inventor than a social visionary, around technology - but that's more than a "tweaker." His comps might be George Eastman and Henry Ford, who were certainly technologists but who built their companies on an understanding of how the technologies would be used.And from Reader No. 1:
I love, love Malcolm Gladwell (and Walter Isaacson, can't wait to read this book) but... 'tweaker' misses the point. The key point is the difference between Invention and Innovation, nicely addressed here.I think the article was conveying roughly the same point, i.e. Jobs wasn't necessarily an inventor. But I do like the word "innovator" more than "tweaker."