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Like others, I'm not sure that Apple has spawned few startups. The evidence here is weak.

Apple's innovations have been primarily about hardware design. I would think there are many fewer hardware startups than software startups due to the amount of capital required to build hardware. It might be more apropos to compare the number of startups from other hardware companies (Intel, Nvidia, TI, HP, Sun).

Still, don't they employ something like 100k software engineers?

Not really, most of their workforce are "geniuses" and the like

Last I checked they had 50k total staff and a big chunk of that would be in sales.

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