“ Thinking about your potential mortality isn’t very constructive ”
Bill Gates, in his interview on 60 Minutes
, where he talked about his lifelong friend and rival, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, among other things.
During the 12+ years I worked at Apple I never met with Steve Jobs for work purposes. Of course like all Apple employees I saw Steve in Caffé Macs or walking with Jony Ive around the courtyard inside the Infinite Loop campus. And of course there were Comm meetings that he would run. But I didn’t have any direct contact. Until…
The story of how two letters can mean so much.
“ I watched people at Apple who made a lot of money and felt they had to live differently. Some of them bought a Rolls-Royce and various houses, each with a house manager and then someone to manage the house managers. Their wives got plastic surgery and turned into these bizarre people. This was not how I wanted to live. It’s crazy. I made a promise to myself that I’m not going to let this money ruin my life. ”
Steve Jobs, quoted in his biography
reflecting thirty years after Apple went public in December 1980, in the process making hundreds of people millionaires, and what it was like to have a lot of money come into his life suddenly.
From Steve Jobs’ Biography: “I’m going to destroy Android” - Mac Rumors:
The Associated Press obtained an early copy of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography and shared some highlights.
In particular, they share Steve Jobs’ reaction to HTC’s 2010 introduction of an Android phone that shared many features of the iPhone. Jobs told Isaacson that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Jobs met with Google’s Eric Schmidt later and told Schmidt he wasn’t interested in settling for any amount of money. Instead Jobs told Schmidt, “I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”
Jobs’ attitude against Android helps explains the lawsuits that have come from Apple against both HTC and Samsung. Both legal actions have resulted in countersuits as well as attempts to ban sales of devices around the world.
I’m gonna avoid commenting on the whole iOS is better than Android argument here, but boy is Steve Jobs really passionate about protecting his company’s ideas. What a boss…