• January 2012

    Name: Norah Carroll   Bio: Lava Row strategist, Drake University j-school graduate, Minnesota native. Proud mother of a hedgehog named Woz (after Steve Wozniak, of course).

  • January 2012

    Steve Wozniak, co-founder with Steve Jobs of nothing less than Apple and the computer revolution, proffered this advice to those who would emulate him: "Work alone....Not on a committee. Not on a team." According to the article, one study of 600 computer specialists at 92 companies found the secret to more output was not experience or pay. Instead, it was how much privacy and freedom from interruption they enjoyed. The ability to fold back into private, quiet space and close the door was crucial to producing results. Conversely, open format work spaces, with no walls and constant background noise, was detrimental to achieving goals. Work groups, furthermore, tended to stifle creativity. Employees or students in such settings can slack off and not produce ideas, follow other participants' leads too easily, and give in to peer pressure.

  • January 2012

    For instance, while Apple's Steve Jobs has received much of the glory for his company’s success, Cain reminds us that Steve Wozniak, who built the home PC that would eventually help start Apple, did all his hard work alone. Research, too, supports the theory that working alone leads to better ideas.

  • January 2012

    Hmmm, everybody is watching.

  • January 2012

    Let's get a little perspective, shall we? Corsair's Force Series 3 SSD -- a wholly awesome product in its own right -- is capable of hitting around 85,000 IOPS. On a good day. Fusion-io has been pushing the NAND storage envelope for years now, but even its recently-unveiled ioDrives deliver between 700,000 and 900,000 IOPS. Today, however, the company's pausing to pat itself squarely on the back -- and rightfully so. It managed to achieve one billion input and output operations per second in a technology demonstration conducted at DEMO Enterprise: An Evening of Innovation.

  • January 2012

    The VentureBeat team, being the huge geeks that we are, are delighted to be co-hosting Enterprise Disruption: An Evening of Change and Innovation tonight in San Francisco. The event, produced by our partners at DEMO and underwritten by Fusion-io, will showcase some truly bright student-led startups. While the event is at capacity, you can still register to get on the waitlist — or follow along with our live video stream, which will start tonight at 6:15pm Pacific, right here in this post.

  • January 2012

    Apple Internal "Ad" - Blue Busters 1984. Woz is in there.

  • January 2012

    In 1975, Steve Jobs, 21 and Steve Wozniak, 26, got together to built the First Low Cost Microprocessor System with a Video Terminal – aka Apple I. The idea was to sell a preassembled board, as some hobbyist found boards difficult to build. Jobs sold his VW and Wozniak sold his Hewlett Packard computer to raise $1350. Cheaper and faster than a teletype, the Apple I cost $666.66 and built in Jobs’ parent garage. Jobs’ sister was paid a dollar per board to insert the chip. It wasn’t perfect, mind. The Apple I provided dynamic RAM but no permanent storage, so you had to plug in a cassette drive to save things.

  • January 2012

    A photo captured nearly 30 years ago and brought to light this week shows a shaggy-haired Steve Jobs, clad in blue jeans and a leather jacket, expressing his affection for then rival IBM while walking the streets of New York City in the lead up to the launch of the first Mac. Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh team that helped pioneer the personal computer revolution alongside Jobs and Steve Wozniak, published the photo to his Google page on Thursday in memoriam of the late Apple co-founder and his rebellious spirit.

  • January 2012

    Palo Alto -- In the interview, Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall a seminal moment in Silicon Valley history - how they named their upstart computer company 35 years ago. "I remember driving down Highway 85," Wozniak says. "We're on the freeway, and Steve mentions, 'I've got a name: Apple Computer.' We kept thinking of other alternatives to that name, and we couldn't think of anything better."