About Steve Jobs
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Steve Jobs smelled so foul that none of his co-workers at Atari in the seventies would work with him. Entreating him to shower was usually futile; he’d inevitably claim that his strict vegan diet had rid him of body odor, thus absolving him of the need for standard hygiene habits. Later, friends would theorize that he had been exercising what would prove a limitless capacity for sustained and gratuitous lying that came to be nicknamed the “reality distortion field.” Jobs originally learned the “reality distortion field” from Bob Friedland , an enterprising hippie he met by chance one day when he returned early to his dorm room and found Friedland having sex with Jobs’ girlfriend.
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All illustrations drawn on iPad by Jorge Colombo If Steve Jobs's life were staged as an opera, it would be a tragedy in three acts. And the titles would go something like this: Act I-- The Founding of Apple Computer and the Invention of the PC Industry ; Act II-- The Wilderness Years ; and Act III-- A Triumphant Return and Tragic Demise . The first act would be a piquant comedy about the brashness of genius and the audacity of youth, abruptly turning ominous when our young hero is cast out of his own kingdom.
Steve wept. And unlike Jesus, who famously wept over the death of Lazarus and the fate of Jerusalem, Jobs cried over just about everything. He cried at the beginning of Apple after Woz's father pushed his son to take more ownership of the company because he thought Jobs wasn't doing much work. Jobs went over to Woz's home and bawled his eyes out. Woz kept him on.
In 1995, Steve Jobs gave a rare interview to Robert Cringely for a PBS special called Triumph of the Nerds to talk about the genesis of the personal computer . Most of the hour-long interview had been cut down to a few minutes to use for the three-part special, and the original master tape was thought to have been lost after production. Shortly after Jobs' death in October 2011, however, director Paul Sen found a VHS copy of the entire interview in his garage.
Land, in his time, was nearly as visible as Jobs was in his. In 1972, he made the covers of both Time and Life magazines, probably the only chemist ever to do so. (Instant photography was a genuine phenomenon back then, and Land had created the entire medium, once joking that he’d worked out the whole idea in a few hours, then spent nearly 30 years getting those last few details down.)
The Next Web has a fascinating link to a video documentary about Steve Jobs's time at NeXT that gives you some further insight into how he worked, and his determined and sometime volatile personality. The NeXT episode was filmed by John Nathan for a TV series called Entrepreneurs produced by WETA in Washington D.C. Some of the most interesting sections are Jobs pressing Joanna Hoffman at the 11 minute mark. Hoffman was one of the original members of the Mac team. His interaction with staff about delays in shipping at 15:33 is also a peek into the Steve Jobs worldview. You can watch the video clip below.
by Maria Popova A startup sentiment sandwich from the master chef, or why “reality distortion” helps sales but hurts design. In 1985, shortly after being fired from Apple, Steve Jobs founded NeXT , the somewhat short-lived but revolutionary company focused on higher education and business services. It was there that Jobs honed his visionary approach to computing and design, and crystalized his lens of priorities — the very qualities that made him not only a cultural icon but also a personal hero . This fascinating PBS documentary, titled The Entrepreneurs and filmed in 1986, offers a rare glimpse of Jobs’ original vision with NeXT, from his aspirations for higher education and simulated learning environments to his decision-making process on price point and product features to his approach to company culture and motivational morale.
I had the pleasure of catching the opening night showing of Robert X. Cringely's rediscovered TV interview with Steve Jobs in 1995 . In the interview Steve mused about what makes companies and products great so I jotted down a lot of his insights. Here's a few of my favorites. Note this was typed hastily on an iPad in a crowded theater so wording is probably not exact.
Steven Paul " Steve " Jobs ( / ˈ dʒ ɒ b z / ; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) [ 5 ] [ 6 ] was an American entrepreneur [ 7 ] and inventor, [ 8 ] best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution [ 9 ] [ 10 ] and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming "one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies..." [ 11 ] Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios ; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar. Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC 's mouse -driven graphical user interface , which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and, one year later, the Macintosh .
Dan Frommer, Business Insider “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
Today marks one year since Steve Jobs died. Beyond creating Apple, which today is the most valuable company in the world , and creating products that changed our lives (see iPod , iPhone , iMac), Jobs was, well, Steve Jobs. He was one of the most disruptive, fastidious, innovative, brilliant and iconic leaders to ever live. Since his passing, Apple has maintained its lead in the market but that doesn't mean the technology industry and its onlookers don't miss one of the most unusual, charismatic, passionate and creative figures of our time.
Matthew Panzarino of TheNextWeb shares new details of a speech delivered by Steve Jobs in 1983 at the Center for Design Innovation. The speech has surfaced before , in which Jobs accurately predicts many aspects of the future of personal computing, but an original casette tape of that speech has now been found as well, containing an additional 30 minutes of questions and answers. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-66639" title="Talk-by-Steven-Jobs-Cassette" src="http://cdn.mactrast.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Talk-by-Steven-Jobs-Cassette.jpeg" alt="" width="580" height="401" />
Let’s talk about Steve Jobs. I know, I know. It’s been a year since his death.
Apple Computer co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs introduces the all-new flat-panel iMac computer during his keynote speech at the MacWorld Expo in January 2002.