I was impressed that Jobs, as an over-controlling, hyper-critical and demanding individual, gave open access to the author, empowering Walter Isaacon to write it without Job's control. It read like an
Success, failure, focus, success - the trials and tribulations of so many entrepreneurs. Many succeed based on timing and luck. Timing and luck played a role in Jobs career, but more importantly there was also a streak of brilliance and a differently-wired (and a bit crazy) brain that created a person who succeeded in spite of himself.His ability to influence and change several industries - and the world - is one of the great high-tech stories of all time.
When one becomes successful, it is often more comfortable to share the ugly past and relate its learning. Steve did this in a very unusual and reflective moment with the Stanford commencement speech, taking me back to the video again. Simply outstanding!
Although I knew a bit about Jobs' Reed College experience and the environment there (I sold Reed a Digital PDP 11/70 computer to Reed College about the time Jobs was leaving) I did not know the in-depth details about Jobs unbathed early work experience, details of his youthful hiatus abroad, wild oat seeding or his spiritual and dietary preferences. How in the world could such a dropout from life ever become founder and CEO of one of the largest companies in the world. Amazing. He focused like a rifle shot, his trajectory was straight, unwavering and ballistic to all around him.
My high tech career closely paralleled that of Apple's. I was there to see the Lisa (WOW!) when I was with Digital Equipment Corporation and then bought the first Mac. One company I was with was an Apple developer in the 80's and we attended many MacWorlds, spend time at Apple's home office and many trade shows. However, most of this was during John Scully's time. At another company we created a CPU accelerator that worked with the Mac and we presented it to a large group at a MacWorld.
Apple has always been special to me. And the products have been
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