Apple

Wouldn't you have made a great CEO?

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Question from E-mail

 

Why didn't you go back to Apple after they fired Steve Jobs? Shouldn't you have gotten most of the credit since you created most of the things? Wouldn't you have made a great CEO?

Woz

I didn't totally quit. I always kept a small employment status at Apple. I should ALWAYS be a part of it. But I'm non-political and could not run a company or manage people well. Its not my thing.

 

Thanks for your confidence. I know that I'd have done things differently, but I wouldn't want to say that things would have turned out better. It's a hard question.

 

Many feel that I, the sole inventor and engineer of some incredible products and software and even our Apple ][ BASIC, that kicked this whole revolution off, deserves the most credit. Well, I'm happy that people and books generally accept me as a good engineer. I don't need the political credit. That seems to go with whoever is currently "in office" and that part is not for me.

You are one of my favorite people in entire world.

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You are one of my favorite people in entire world. After seeing Pirates of Silicon Valley, I understand the differences between you and Jobs in 80's. I m being curious about today's relationship between you and Jobs? Has Jobs changed a lot today comparing to early 80's? Like people say, "Wine gets better when it matures in time.."

Whether or not Steve has changed (I believe that he's much better than before) a person like him is needed to carry mankind ahead.

Also, Apple has made a comeback into computer industry and how do you feel about it. Standing mighty PROUD? :)

Woz

I'm very glad that Apple is the only company that can make great strides in new directions. A few, like Sony, try but they are trapped by Intel and Microsoft. I'm only proud when people have a better life because they have good computers. When the industry makes positive changes that affect individuals I'm happy.

I'm Glad You Didn't Know

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Thank you so much for replying to my first email! I wanted to ask you if you have seen the movie Pirates of Silicone Valley. If so I am wondering what was the best part of the movie for you? And was there anything untrue in the movie that you would like too bring to my attention? Did Jobs really let people throw food at each other like what was shown in the bar scene of the movie were you quit Apple. Jobs was portrayed too have a rather strong personality and seemed to step on people. Well I've bothered you enough and, can't wait to tell my family that I had the opportunity to speak with you. I am glad you didn't know what your invention was going to turn into because then I would probably not be able to write you tonight....lol thanks for everything.

Woz

The personal drives portrayed in the movie were amazingly accurate. So were the key personalities, but not some others. The incidents themselves were all a best try to represent events that really occurred but they often happened much differently or at different times or with different people.

I never quit Apple. That suggestion was based on an incorrect Wall Street Journal that said I was leaving Apple because I didn't like things there. Actually, I had told the Wall Street Journal writer that I wasn't leaving Apple because of things that I didn't like and that I wasn't even leaving, keeping my small salary forever as a loyal employee. I just wanted a small startup experience and a chance to design a smaller product again, a universal remote control.

Why did you leave?

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Question from E-mail

Hi, I watched the TNT movie, The Pirates of Silicon Valley and I was wondering if you quit your job at Apple because of Steve's behavior during his "leadership" time at Apple, and also what computer were you designing just before you quit?

Woz

I never quit. I just left the direct site to develop a remote control on my own. There was a lot of mistaken publicity along the lines that I left because of things that I didn't like there and it's totally wrong.

I Never Left Apple

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I'm not sure what your current relationship is to Apple Corporation, if any? I read a comment you made: "I only served at the bottom of Apple's org chart all these years."

Did you ever leave Apple? If so, why? I assume you're still a large stock-holder either way?

Woz

I never left Apple's official employee list, but I left direct work inside on a few occasions. After a plane crash, I took a year off to finish college and then sponsored a couple of rock concerts. I came back to Apple and worked as an engineer. Eventually I wanted the fun of the early days and left to create a universal remote control. But I always sort of represent Apple when I make appearances or give interviews.