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Full video of Steve Jobs introducing his biggest product failure surfaces for the first time

By on February 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Full video of Steve Jobs introducing his biggest product failure surfaces for the first time

The arc of Steve Jobs’ career, and in particular his off and on-again relationship with Apple, is well established and widely known at this point. In brief, Jobs in 1985 worked at Apple and was growing increasingly frustrated by his diminished role and influence within the company. In September of that year, following a failed coup d’état, Jobs told Apple’s board of directors that he was leaving to start a new company and that he was taking a few key executives and engineers along with him.

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How disagreeing with Steve Jobs landed one Apple manager a promotion

By on February 8, 2016 at 4:56 PM.

How disagreeing with Steve Jobs landed one Apple manager a promotion

BusinessInsider points us to an interesting and little-known story involving Steve Jobs and Donna Dubinsky. Though Dubinsky may not have the same level of name recognition as Jobs, she played an instrumental role at Apple back in the ’80s and later helped spearhead the PDA revolution as both the CEO of Palm and one of the co-founders of Handspring.

In an interesting anecdote from the recently released book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant relays how Dubinsky back in the mid-’80s put her job on the line when she went head to head with Jobs over Apple’s plans to completely revamp its distribution strategy. While one might reflexively assume that disagreeing with Jobs was a surefire way to get belittled, the truth is that Jobs welcomed disagreement and original thought. In fact, many people close to Jobs have said that Jobs would often disagree with people in an underhanded effort to get them to convince him of an idea.

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Steve Jobs’ brutal response to an employee who asked why Apple engineers aren’t paid more

By on January 4, 2016 at 1:08 PM.

Steve Jobs’ brutal response to an employee who asked why Apple engineers aren’t paid more

Life as a software engineer at Apple is pretty good, but the perks and salary provided by the company have long paled in comparison to some of the benefits that other tech companies like Google are famous for bestowing upon their employees. So while the pay as a software engineer at Apple is certainly nothing to scoff at, you won’t often find Apple atop of lists ranking which companies in Silicon Valley offer the most lucrative employment contracts.

Recently, Flipboard co-founder and former Apple engineer Evan Doll sent out a few tweets recalling a brief and somewhat classic story involving former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. According to Doll, he was once at an all-hands meeting in 2007 when a brave employee got up and asked why software engineers at Apple were underpaid.

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Elon Musk: Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk

By on December 15, 2015 at 12:13 PM.

Elon Musk: Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk

Though he softened up a bit later in life, Steve Jobs in his heyday was a notoriously demanding and mercurial man who wouldn’t accept anything less than perfection. In his quest to change the world, Jobs’ expectations were unwavering.

Not surprisingly, many have been quick to note the strong parallels between Jobs and Elon Musk, a modern-day visionary hell-bent on popularizing electric vehicles with Tesla and making commercial space travel a reality with SpaceX.

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Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

By on December 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

Banksy, the legendary graffiti and street artist whose identity still remains something of a mystery, recently paid a visit to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France where he left four new pieces of compelling artwork. Of particular note, though, is a piece depicting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs carrying what appears to be an original Mac and a bag – full of what we presume are his personal items – over his shoulder. Banksy titled the piece, “The Son of a Migrant from Syria.”

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Steve Jobs talked about building an Apple car seven years ago

By on November 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Steve Jobs talked about building an Apple car seven years ago

On the season premiere of Bloomberg’s ‘Studio 1.0’ this week, Emily Chang had a chance to sit down with current Nest CEO and former Apple executive Tony Fadell to discuss a wide range of topics, from his relationship with Steve Jobs to the influence that Apple had on the way he runs his business today.

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‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Bombs: What Went Wrong With the Apple Drama

By on October 26, 2015 at 6:52 PM.

‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Bombs: What Went Wrong With the Apple Drama

When Amy Pascal allowed “Steve Jobs” to leave Sony for Universal, the studio chief fretted that she had let a modern day “Citizen Kane” slip through her fingers.

The strikingly literate biopic about the Apple co-founder was brilliant she noted, but after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed on the title role, it lacked a major star, limiting its commercial prospects. In the end, Pascal, whose job was already threatened by a string of flops like “After Earth” and “White House Down,” couldn’t justify the risk.

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‘Steve Jobs’ movie is a box-office bomb, earns just $7.3 million on opening weekend

By on October 26, 2015 at 9:15 AM.

‘Steve Jobs’ movie is a box-office bomb, earns just $7.3 million on opening weekend

The long-awaited Steve Jobs biopic opened up in theaters across the country this weekend. Only problem is, not many people were all that interested in seeing it. Even with little competition at the box office, the film only managed to generate $7.3 million, opening up in 7th place. Believe it or not, the film fared just a tad better than the universally panned first Steve Jobs movie, titled JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher.

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‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

By on October 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

With high expectations, I went to see the new Steve Jobs movie earlier this week with some friends. Penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, the movie seemed like a surefire hit. Especially given the tremendous job Sorkin did on The Social Network, I was anticipating a similarly riveting movie going experience.

The reality was the exact opposite. In a word, the movie is boring. It’s dreadfully boring.

As advertised, the entire movie consists of just three scenes, each set before a major product announcement from Steve Jobs. While this type of scheme is clever in theory, it falls horribly flat in practice.

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One of Apple’s first employees talks Steve Jobs movie, Tim Cook and more in exclusive interview

By on October 22, 2015 at 12:54 PM.

One of Apple’s first employees talks Steve Jobs movie, Tim Cook and more in exclusive interview

Heading to the theater to watch a big-budget Hollywood treatment about the life of a friend you met in college who died only a few years ago is the kind of thing that would no doubt be fraught with complex emotional texture for the average person.

All the more so when you’re Daniel Kottke, Apple’s “employee number 12” who met Steve not long after they both arrived at Portland’s Reed College in the 70s. More →

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