In the corporate equivalent of your wife’s ex-husband giving you advice on how to keep her happy, former Apple CEO John Sculley happily gave some completely unsolicited advice this week on what Apple should do with some of its cash reserves. Buy a big company. Like, oh… I don’t know… maybe eBay?
“My guess is you’d suddenly see the whole landscape of e-commerce shift,” Sculley said, in an interview with the BBC published Friday.
“Apple’s never been an acquirer of big companies before, and when you look at the [Apple digital ticket system] Passbook, and fingerprint recognition — what would it mean if Apple went out and bought eBay? And they had PayPal, and integrated that?” Sculley asked.
So yeah, this unsolicited advice comes from the former sugar water salesman who came to Apple, and eventually got Steve Jobs fired from the company he helped found, so… Yeah, that’s the guy you want to listen to.