What did Steve Wozniak think of Steve Jobs just before Steve Jobs died?

Updated on : December 8, 2021 by Bobby Cooper



What did Steve Wozniak think of Steve Jobs just before Steve Jobs died?

Steve Wozniak is alive.

Oh wow. So many reasons.

  • There is no indication that Steve Wozniak wanted the job. At the time, he wasn't even working at Apple.
  • Steve Wozniak was vital to the founding of Apple ... in the 1970s. His experience and knowledge of Apple, markets, technology, and other aspects of the industry are woefully out of date.
  • Steve Wozniak would never have been a good CEO. They made a great team because Steve Jobs was a good businessman and human person and Steve Wozniak was the technical brain behind the company. They worked well because they had different skill sets. Trying to get either one to fill the other's r
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Oh wow. So many reasons.

  • There is no indication that Steve Wozniak wanted the job. At the time, he wasn't even working at Apple.
  • Steve Wozniak was vital to the founding of Apple ... in the 1970s. His experience and knowledge of Apple, markets, technology, and other aspects of the industry are woefully out of date.
  • Steve Wozniak would never have been a good CEO. They made a great team because Steve Jobs was a good businessman and human person and Steve Wozniak was the technical brain behind the company. They worked well because they had different skill sets. Trying to get either one to fill the other's role would have been a disaster.
  • Steve Jobs gained decades of experience running companies (some poorly) that allowed him to run Apple. Steve Wozniak had none of that experience. He had no experience running a company, much less a multinational multi-billion dollar company.
  • Frankly, Steve Wozniak didn't have the skills, knowledge, and experience to run a company like Apple, and he would have been the first to tell you.
  • Steve Jobs did not elect the CEO. Yes, he had influence, but the board of directors elects the CEO. In no way would the board have approved Wozniak, even if all the other reasons disappeared and Steve Jobs had been misled enough to put his name there.
  • As for Tim Cook, nobody really cares how you feel. Tim Cook has done a phenomenal job of running Apple by every possible metric 1, plus people who just don't understand the bullshit they got from Steve Jobs. The company has quadrupled in size since he took over, and by all possible business metrics you can use, it has been a tremendous success. There are real ways to measure business success and "I don't think he has the vision" is not one of them. Personally, I think he has done a better job in 2011-2017 than even Steve Jobs. Apple needed to mature from a growing company to a mature one. Tim Cook has been perfect for that.

Footnotes

1 Kosta (Michael) Vogel's answer to Is Apple worse or better since Steve Jobs died?

The first laptop was actually the Epson HX-20, which was first shown in 1981. Since it was invented in Japan, no one remembers it and no one knows who invented it (although I guess the names are on the patent).

It even included a small tally-roll printer in the upper left corner.

I tried one, because we reviewed it in Practical Computing, which I edited at the time, when it finally made it to the UK. This was after the Osborne 1 appeared.

However, the Epson was soon overwhelmed by the Tandy 100, which was very similar but had a larger screen and ran on four easily replaceable AA batteries.

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The first laptop was actually the Epson HX-20, which was first shown in 1981. Since it was invented in Japan, no one remembers it and no one knows who invented it (although I guess the names are on the patent).

It even included a small tally-roll printer in the upper left corner.

I tried one, because we reviewed it in Practical Computing, which I edited at the time, when it finally made it to the UK. This was after the Osborne 1 appeared.

However, the Epson was soon overwhelmed by the Tandy 100, which was very similar but had a larger screen and ran on four easily replaceable AA batteries.

Many journalists adopted machines like this because you could easily type 1,000 words and email your story using a portable acoustic coupler to connect to a telephone headset.

One of the minor historical interests of the Tandy 100 is that Bill Gates wrote some of its ROM software. In fact, it could be the last business code you wrote.

Although Tandy is now remembered for the first laptop, it was actually invented and manufactured by Kyocera (Kyoto Ceramics) in Japan. Tandy distributed the American version, but there was also a European version, the Olivetti M-10, and a Japanese version, the NEC PC-8201. I used all three.

The Osborne 1, by contrast, was a network-powered laptop with a small CRT (cathode ray tube), not an LCD screen. You could never have worn one on your lap.

Adam Osborne is not well known, but he was a charming man, and I had the honor of writing his obituary for The Guardian.

Obituary: Adam Osborne

He completely disapproved of the inhumanity in Jobs (and how it played out in real time hurting people unnecessarily) but decided to focus on the good in him. I explain more in these answers I have given:

What we can learn more deeply about Steve Jobs is in these answers I gave:

When I read about Steve Jobs, I get depressed when comparing myself to him at my age (which is 29). What actions can I take to solve this problem?

The first and last thing you need to do is be aware of the most powerful operating principle in life and then how it is powerfully affecting you here - what you focus on expands.

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He completely disapproved of the inhumanity in Jobs (and how it played out in real time hurting people unnecessarily) but decided to focus on the good in him. I explain more in these answers I have given:

What we can learn more deeply about Steve Jobs is in these answers I gave:

When I read about Steve Jobs, I get depressed when comparing myself to him at my age (which is 29). What actions can I take to solve this problem?

The first and last thing you need to do is be aware of the most powerful operating principle in life and then how it is powerfully affecting you here - what you focus on expands. And that one should always focus on the beauty in everyone and everything that one finds, then that expands. Made with intense creativity and passion in particular. Always but always. The more you focus on your negative feelings, the more they expand and the more you attract and magnetize even more, in addition to feeling horrible and often as well. Jobs focused on living his life from the outside / inside resulting in what I describe below. >

Why do many people refer to Gates, Jobs, Mark (billionaires) when they talk about successful people?

Doesn't it make people think that "success" is just making millions and millions of money? What do you think of the success?

They are often unaware of what Jobs was and often do not want to know. They do not understand (and again often do not want, mainly due to psychological laziness) the essence of the man I am referring to in my answer below in quotes. >

What are some dark secrets of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Larry Page, and big business?

“It's very important to understand that while Jobs wasn't exactly a sociopath, he wasn't exactly a sociopath. Unquestionably, he had essentially zero emotional intelligence, the best predictor of all levels of all kinds of deeper prosperity. Emotional, psychological, etc. His wife, who loved him, encouraged his official biographer to cover all aspects of his personality, including this one. He commented on Jobs that he either "totally sucked you off" or belittled you with utter cruelty, with nothing in between. So he was also kind of a severely bipolar personality. Without a doubt, he was plagued with control problems that always, but always, is a sign that he is not able to understand and treat (or seems to be able to control) one's internal problems, and seeks to compensate by controlling the rest. His famous reality distortion field was him always trying to control everything. The Guardian newspaper, in an article about him, referred to him not so much as a design genius but more as a design fascist (his word). The trend towards severe minimalism that was inspired by furniture and elsewhere is only now recovering and rediscovering its imagination expressed in a more creative, humane but still modern design. The Milan fair 2017 (the industry standard for design) is widely understood as a return. His control problems could certainly result in times when he intimidated highly talented people into doing the almost impossible. However, it was also what kicked him out of Apple after he nearly knocked him down with a 4% market share. Your next company, NEXT, never made a profit using the same flawed business strategy and management techniques. Even when he tricked (the correct word) Apple into paying too much for him (as history has clearly shown). The well-regarded movie, Jobs gets the essence of the man on the nail, but makes it look like he intended to toughen up Apple for NEXT when he only did it after he got into a corner by ruining it due to said personality flaws. . . He thought that he could beat his cancer in the same way that he dealt with everything else: by refusing to undergo the operation that would have saved his life (to instead experiment with herbal remedies (which, sadly, cannot be intimidated to perform better, as people sometimes) can), but he admitted before he died how delirious he was not to. The well-regarded movie, Jobs gets the essence of the man on the nail, but makes it look like he intended to toughen up Apple for NEXT when he only did it after he got into a corner by ruining it due to said personality flaws. . . He thought that he could beat his cancer in the same way that he dealt with everything else: by refusing to undergo the operation that would have saved his life (to instead experiment with herbal remedies (which, sadly, cannot be intimidated to perform better, as people sometimes can), but admitted before he died how delusional he was not to. The well-regarded movie, Jobs gets the essence of the man on the nail, but it makes it look like he intended to toughen up Apple for NEXT when he only did so after getting into a corner by ruining it due to said personality flaws. . He thought that he could beat his cancer in the same way that he dealt with everything else: by refusing to undergo the operation that would have saved his life (to instead experiment with herbal remedies (which, sadly, cannot be intimidated to perform better, as people sometimes can), but admitted before he died how delusional he was not to.

Over time, he learned to harness his energies more effectively in Apple's interests, but not effectively enough to develop a sufficient view of himself, to avoid self-destruction and to become minimally and functionally introspective. "

All happiness is the result of living life from the inside out. All the misery comes from doing it primarily from the outside / inside. This means you need to find out who you are or nothing can make sense. Therefore, introspection and self-awareness are non-negotiable. Jobs poured his whole being into the second while, sporadically, he pretended to be lip service to the first.

Also this answer:

What kind of meditation did Steve Jobs learn?

Apparently, Jobs practiced Zen in a way that did not lead him to achieve any kind of remote, authentic self-knowledge. I find a lot of beauty in Zen, but it is a very elastic approach that adapts to many self-destructive behaviors if the practitioner intends to do so. Obviously, there were Nazis (not many, but definitely some) who were interested in Zen. Jobs was not a Nazi, but I recently read in The Guardian that he did not have as much good taste and a coherent aesthetic approach as a fascist on design (his words). I think his extreme controlling tendencies indicated what he always does. Someone so out of control of their inner demons / anxieties that they pour all their energies into controlling others and external events in an attempt to compensate.

Steve Jobs was the face of Apple, he was a peddler, the best carnie. He was a controlling son of a bitch who had some great ideas. People always talk about him always winning, but in reality, he had a success rate of around 50%. But when he hit, he homered. At Apple, he came up with many world-changing ideas and an equal number of failures, but who remembers failures, right? Apple wasn't his only success: he supported Pixar for years out of pocket until it was successful, then negotiated its sale to Disney, and also negotiated the promotion of Pixar's top staff.

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Steve Jobs was the face of Apple, he was a peddler, the best carnie. He was a controlling son of a bitch who had some great ideas. People always talk about him always winning, but in reality, he had a success rate of around 50%. But when he hit, he homered. At Apple, he came up with many world-changing ideas and an equal number of failures, but who remembers failures, right? Apple was not his only success: he supported Pixar for years out of pocket until it was successful, then negotiated its sale to Disney, and also negotiated the promotion of Pixar's top staff to run Disney, specifically John Lasseter, who is currently the boss. Creative Officer for Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios.

Jobs' biggest failures were Apple itself (the board kicked him out because they felt he couldn't run a mature company) and NeXT, before he was asked to return to Apple.

Because of his larger-than-life personality and his creative ability to bring inventions to market that changed the way people live their lives, Jobs will always stand out.

But don't let that overshadow Wozniak. It has a cult status around the world, something that Jobs will never have. Steve Wozniak is a brilliant man, I always say that he is the last human to have all the computers in his head, both the hardware and the software, which is an amazing feat. Today, people specialize in particular areas, but in the past, when computers were a little simpler, you could be a generalist and Steve Wozniak was way above the rest.

Wozniak was never a front man, preferring to be a "simple engineer" than anything else. It's this trait that has kept you out of the limelight, but don't be fooled, there are cult followers of The Woz who know who you are and what your accomplishments are and they stand up and listen when you have something to say.

Most of Steve's wealth was earned when Pixar went public and sold to Disney (see below).

  • His initial wealth was earned when Apple went public in the late 1980s, earning him $ 200 million. A pittance to what came next.
  • When he resigned from Apple in late 1985, he sold almost all of his shares - he kept one share so he could receive annual reports.
  • When Apple bought NeXT for $ 400 million, Steve earned a sizable chunk of Apple stock, which he subsequently sold. Forbes said it would have been worth $ 31.6 billion (in 79 million shares) if it had owned all of its original shares. This was before the 7-to-1 st
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Most of Steve's wealth was earned when Pixar went public and sold to Disney (see below).

  • His initial wealth was earned when Apple went public in the late 1980s, earning him $ 200 million. A pittance to what came next.
  • When he resigned from Apple in late 1985, he sold almost all of his shares - he kept one share so he could receive annual reports.
  • When Apple bought NeXT for $ 400 million, Steve earned a sizable chunk of Apple stock, which he subsequently sold. Forbes said it would have been worth $ 31.6 billion (in 79 million shares) if it had owned all of its original shares. This was before the 7-to-1 stock split! So it would be worth around $ 59 billion today with Apple alone.
  • When Pixar went public, it raised about $ 1.5 billion, making Jobs worth about $ 1.2 billion on paper. Now he was a billionaire.
  • Pixar was sold to Disney in 2006, for about $ 7.4 billion in Disney stock. This made Steve the largest individual shareholder in Disney.

In the end, Steve was worth around $ 11 billion and the Trust that has all of his assets is worth even more now, with Forbes estimating his value at $ 18.3 billion as of this month.

Steve didn't really care about making money. Money was never a big deal for him after launching Apple and receiving the initial investment from Mike Markkula. I think he only cared about doing great things and thought that wealth would come along with that belief.

As for Woz, he was happy with his starting share of the ~ $ 190 million he received in Apple's IPO. He ended up giving a large amount of his stock to other early Apple employees, which Jobs felt were not worthy of a stock grant. He made various investments over the years, but he wasn't interested in being a billionaire either. That being said, he did not sell all of his Apple shares and today he is worth around $ 100 million.

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When Jobs worked at Atari, his Breakout game required too many chips, making it too expensive to manufacture. The boss announced a prize: $ 5000 to anyone who could reduce their number of chips.

Jobs was technically inclined, but not an engineer. He had recently met Wozniak and forced him to help him. He promised her half the prize money if he could do it.

Wozniak worked long and hard with Jobs on the design (one weekend, I think). Woz was so good at reusing tokens that he was able to get the token countdown by 75% reusing tokens for different

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When Jobs worked at Atari, his Breakout game required too many chips, making it too expensive to manufacture. The boss announced a prize: $ 5000 to anyone who could reduce their number of chips.

Jobs was technically inclined, but not an engineer. He had recently met Wozniak and forced him to help him. He promised her half the prize money if he could do it.

Wozniak worked long and hard with Jobs on the design (one weekend, I think). Woz was so good at reusing chips that he was able to reduce the chip count by 75% reusing chips for different processes. Woz used this type of chip reduction again when designing the Apple II.

Jobs won the award, but told Woz that he only received $ 500. He gave Woz $ 250 and spent the rest - $ 4500 - himself to go to an apple festival (literally, the apple fruit) in Oregon.

However, Atari didn't end up using Woz's design. The way it reused the chips was so incredibly complex that they couldn't test it.

Apple

With significant help hired, Jobs created Apple. Woz didn't want to join; I wanted to continue working as an engineer at HP.

However, Jobs kept trying to convince him and eventually he joined.

Woz created the Apple II, which made him, and Apple, incredibly rich. His wealth continues to multiply today.

I don't know of anyone who would consider a $ 100 million change.

It is well documented that Woz performed some rock concerts and lost millions and millions. He hasn't done anything since he made Apple II and IIe. Any. He has more than 3 divorces, each one cost him a fortune.

You are simply living the life you love. He is amazing. He doesn't care about anything. Play Segway polo. And enjoy life. Having a value of 100 million dollars is not bad.

His pension is perhaps $ 450,000 (450k), which is supposed to take care of him in his old age. Woz can easily burn a million each year just by buying Haw

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I don't know of anyone who would consider a $ 100 million change.

It is well documented that Woz performed some rock concerts and lost millions and millions. He hasn't done anything since he made Apple II and IIe. Any. He has more than 3 divorces, each one cost him a fortune.

You are simply living the life you love. He is amazing. He doesn't care about anything. Play Segway polo. And enjoy life. Having a value of 100 million dollars is not bad.

His pension is perhaps $ 450,000 (450k), which is supposed to take care of him in his old age. Woz can easily burn a million each year simply by buying Hawaiian shirts, for the next 100 years. He could have made special Lamborghini designs and bought 100 of them and still have more than $ 450,000 in retirement.

Soon. You haven't really invested your money in anything profitable. He has done what he wanted. Give a lot of your money.

You are not in any danger, except perhaps for health and age-related problems. He has said it over and over again that he just does what he wants. Even if Apple gives him phones and computers long before they are released, he waits in line to get one to meet people and chat. Yes, it is just amazing. Did you see him dance with the stars and Big Bang Theory?

Woz, unlike Steve, was a shy and conserved boy from childhood, introverted. He didn't want to be up front to present his products or sell them. He himself admitted that Jobs was far better than him at public relations, marketing, and presentation.

Woz was happy designing the circuits for Apple computers, created one for Apple I, and co-created for Apple II. It was the marvel of Woz's engineering coupled with Steve's intuition for design, persuasion, and marketing skills that laid the foundation for Apple. It was Steve's idea to market his computers. He was always up front for obvious reasons.

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Woz, unlike Steve, was a shy and conserved boy from childhood, introverted. He didn't want to be up front to present his products or sell them. He himself admitted that Jobs was far better than him at public relations, marketing, and presentation.

Woz was happy designing the circuits for Apple computers, created one for Apple I and co-created for Apple II. It was Woz's engineering marvel along with Steve's intuition for design, persuasion, and marketing skills that laid the foundation for Apple. It was Steve's idea to market his computers. He was always up front for obvious reasons. He had a vision and it worked really great! Hence, it gained immense popularity around the world.

But that doesn't mean Woz wasn't given credit! It is also very well known. He wasn't very hungry for wealth (and neither did Steve, really) and he was less skilled at what Steve marveled at. Steve always added "that's Woz" in presentations while Woz was still at Apple. And later, at the launch of his visionary devices like iPod, iMac, iPhone, etc., he would invite Woz and other early executives and glorify them.

Yes, it did (sort of). He still mentions it, but it's so small relative to what Steve Jobs gave Woz (he built a company that made Woz hundreds of millions of dollars and gave him recognition beyond belief based on the work and successes of Steve).

However, I don't think Jobs would forgive Woz for befriending John Sculley and others who betrayed him. Woz showed little loyalty to Steve and occasionally marginalized him by calling him "the salesman," although it was Steve who put the company together and provided the leadership for its success.

Speaking of the relationship between the two, they were best friends. The moment these two started, Apple Woz was the one who built all these products, we can say that he was the engineer. Steve, on the other hand, was the marketing person who was responsible for the sale of these products.

But after the company became well established, their relationship on the professional front deteriorated and there came a time when Woz resigned from the company. But they remained friends

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