Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

“He was not a model boss or human being, tidy packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and passions and products were all inter-related, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.”

extract from page xxi of “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson

3 Responses

  1. Scott Mbeki says:

    “Think about surfing on the front edge of a wave. It’s really exhilarating. Now think about dog-paddling at the tail end of that wave. It wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun. Come down here and make a dent in the universe

    Steve Jobs persuading Bill Atkinson to join the Apple team. see page 94 of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

  2. “He could be very engaged with you in one moment, but then very disengaged. There was a side to him that was frighteningly cold”– Greg Calhoun

  3. Sens Malaika says:

    They complained to Alcorn that he (Steve Jobs) dressed and smelled like a bum and behave rudely.

    “I said, ‘Did he solve the problem?’ And they said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, “If you got any more problems, you just call me, I got more guys just like him!’

    They said, ‘No, no we’ll take care of it next time.'”
    – Al Alcorn telling Walter Isaacson about Steve Jobs while he worked as an employee of Atari.

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