Being idealistic really helps you overcome some of the many obstacles put in your path.
But I think Steve's main contribution besides just the pure leadership is his passion for excellence. He's a perfectionist. Good enough isn't good enough. And also his creative spirit. You know he really, really wants to do something great.
A lot of people thought Steve Jobs was a CEO of Apple but he never was until he came back to Apple in 1997.
I developed some unique software to public it on the web that I call the Folklore Project.
I left Apple in April of 1984, pretty soon after the introduction of the Mac.
I was a grad student at UC Berkeley when I bought my Apple II and it suddenly because a lot more interesting than school.
I left General Magic in 1996 to become an Internet hobbyist - got a T-1 line to my house. At one point I had all four food banks of the Bay Area hosted from this house here.
People who work on the user interface side need to have empathy as a key characteristic. But if you are writing device drivers you don't really need to understand humans so well.
Scotty heard that I was thinking about quitting Apple because of his actions, so he called me into his office and asked what it would take for me to stay? I said, maybe if I could work on the Mac project, which Steve had just taken over from Jef Raskin.
I did some products for the Apple II, most notably the first small low cost thermal printer, the Silent Type.
I started working at Apple about 18 months after I bought my Apple II.
As you know, Microsoft eventually kind of grabbed the gold ring out of Apple's hands, I guess.
I got bitten by the free software bug in February of 1998 around the time of the Mozilla announcement.
The Macintosh having shipped, his next agenda was to turn the rest of Apple into the Mac group. He had perceived the rest of Apple wasn't as creative or motivated as the Mac team, and what you need to take over the company are managers, not innovators or technical people.
We were developing an innovative Personal Information Manager called Chandler but a couple years ago I took off from that to do a project writing down my memoirs essentially, reminiscing about the development of the Macintosh.
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