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Stephen Gary Wozniak often referred to by the nickname Woz, is an American inventor, He and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are widely recognized as pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the s and s. Steve Wozniak was born in San Jose, California, the son of Francis Jacob "Jerry" Wozniak. Steve Wozniak on Jobs and Meeting Kanye West Not that Woz—Silicon Valley's sunniest emeritus figure, a genial geek godfather . that are in it that have relationship problems, because I was there at a part in my life, and I. The “silicon” in Silicon Valley all began within walking distance of Jobs' early When he and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak built their first computers and.
They want to meet brilliant friends, invent something incredible in a garage, get discovered — and funded — by venture capitalists, launch an exciting new company, build that company into a financial powerhouse and change the world with incredible and cool technology products.
Success in the valley is identical to achieving any one of the many things Jobs achieved. Just to co-invent an awesome product. Just to launch a hot startup. Just to get funded. Just to found a company that grows large.
Just to rise to CEO of a big technology company. Just to affect the evolution of technology. Any of these achievements will make your entire career in Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs achieved them all. And any technologist or product designer becomes a historic icon in Silicon Valley by creating a culture-shifting product line. Those who do are lionized for generations.
Wozniak later said he had no idea about the relation between the number and the mark of the beastand "I came up with [it] because I like repeating digits. Wozniak resigned from his job at Hewlett-Packard and became the vice president in charge of research and development at Apple.
He and Jobs decided on the name "Apple" shortly after Jobs returned from an apple orchard in Oregon. In contrast, the Apple I was a hobbyist machine. Apple's first computer lacked a case, power supply, keyboard, and display, all components the user had to provide.
The Apple II became one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers in the world.
InApple went public to instant and significant financial profitability, making Jobs and Wozniak both millionaires. According to Wozniak, the Apple III "had percent hardware failures", and that the primary reason for these failures was that the system was designed by Apple's marketing department, unlike Apple's previous engineering-driven projects.
In a interview, Wozniak said that "Steve [Jobs] really took over the project when I had a plane crash and wasn't there. Wozniak sustained severe face and head injuries, including losing a tooth, and also suffered for five weeks after the crash from anterograde amnesiathe inability to create new memories.
He had no memory of the crash, and did not remember his name in the hospital or the things he did after he was released. After losing several million dollars on the festival, he stated that unless the event turned a profit, he would end his involvement with rock festivals and get back to designing computers.
I was not trying to make them be computer people like myself. I have to reach everyone in the class, not just a few who want to be weird little geeky people.
I want to reach everyone. So I taught the kids how to make their homework look good. Yes, out of a strong loyalty to the company. I want to remain an employee forever. How active are you in the company at this point? There are times that I wish I were. I pay attention to the products going on.
It would confuse issues. I really enjoy getting down with young engineers and trying to start a company. What kind of tools do we need to do education better? What are your thoughts about this?
The solutions are very far in the future. We technologists can figure out how to get more education at a lower price. But the amount of money for education is always going to be too low. The government has a certain about of money to spend on things. A family of five gets no more votes than a family of two.
Every farmer gets to vote on farm bills. Every elderly person gets to vote on elderly issues.
You said earlier that there were times when you wish you were more involved with Apple. I became very influenced when our Lisa and Macintosh computers came out with this whole new world of mice and menus and windows. Computers are supposed to work the way you thought they would. You — the human being — should be more important than the technology. We did so much in the early s to think [about this]. They were not computer people. And they had to figure it out. In the book you say that when Steve Jobs came back to Apple in the s, it restored some of the passion and commitment that the company needed.
Yes, because our most valuable asset has always been our very loyal customer base.
Steve Wozniak on Apple, Steve Jobs and the Value of a Good Prank
And they were missing something in the products that were there [at the time]. When he came back he introduced the iMac, although that had been in development before him. Apple had horrible problems with everything that was coming out being leaked a half a year ahead.
It was not exciting when it was actually introduced.
And Steve put [in place] real strong guidelines: Have you given any thought to what a post-Jobs Apple might look like?
I am concerned about it.
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But Apple has a big advantage that no other company has: You can win and fail. You talked about the importance of the user base and its commitment to the company. Is there a lesson there that other companies should learn from?
Those with Apples love them. And that makes you extremely passionate. The funny thing is, the style of the machine — how the menus are, where they are, where things are on the screen, how the windows come up, things like that — these have changed for the Macintosh, but they changed gradually, one [revision] at a time.
I think they should be critical and look at what are the good values Apple brings. We should get closer to those values. Yesterday I went down to a restaurant and met with three young kids just out of high school who want to start a company.
That was an important time of life.
I want to be there. I like to be a helpful person. But it takes a lot of my time. E-mail was what really nailed me. I had a lot of free time. And technology analysts seed me with stuff — and then friends and fans. I always had this philosophy of being accessible. So I get lots of people calling me and e-mailing me all the time. With Kathy, it was almost a joke, a prank, started on her side. I joined in as I like jokes and pranks. It turns out after we met [that] I truly admire her.
I wish I could be that quick thinking. They treat me kind of like Henry Ford.
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I just love my car. But I can understand it. And I hope some pranks are on [the show]. She was not that super-receptive when I took her to the Emmys and I brought her a few of my favorite little gag gifts, like a whole pad of two-dollar bills that tear off like green stamps. Way down in the inner ring box I had a little one-dollar rubber ring that you press and it flashes.
What are you most proud of having accomplished in your life thus far? I used to answer that with something like dial-a-joke. But actually, [it was] creating the Apple II computer. Without it, things would have gone a lot differently and slower [with the development of] personal computers. I had so many brilliant engineering ideas in there.
What have you not yet accomplished in your life that you still hope to do?