Steve Jobs

  • DLD 2012 – Drew Houston: “Yes, Steve Jobs Called Dropbox A Feature”

    DLD 2012 – Drew Houston: “Yes, Steve Jobs Called Dropbox A Feature”

    In a conversation with WIRED UK’s David Rowan on stage at the DLD Conference in Germany, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston acknowledged that he did in fact have a “great meeting” with the late Steve Jobs in 2009. Houston said about the get-together that Jobs had heard of them and asked to meet with him. Even though he was generally gracious, Houston said, Jobs expressed that he… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Memorial Statue Unveiled In Budapest

    Steve Jobs Memorial Statue Unveiled In Budapest

    While memorials of all kinds and sizes have been presented since his death, the world’s first statue of the late Steve Jobs has today been unveiled in Budapest, Hungary. It’s made completely of bronze and stands nearby the entrance of architectural software maker Graphisoft’s headquarters. Jobs seems to be presenting a new product on stage, or possibly waving as he was known… Read More

  • Walter Isaacson on Apple's Future

    Keen On… Walter Isaacson: Sometimes It’s Nice To Be In The Hands Of A Control Freak (TCTV)

    Love or hate him, there is no denying that Steve Jobs was a control freak. As Walter Isaacson’s magisterial biography of Jobs notes, Steve’s control freakery was so intense that he couldn’t stand sharing the stage while he was making one of his beloved whiteboard presentations. So what was the impact of this on Apple and how did it shape the company’s products and… Read More

  • Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs

    Keen On… Walter Isaacson: Was Steve Jobs a Tyrant? (TCTV)

    At the heart of the enigma of Steve Jobs lies a riddle about authority. On the one hand, Jobs was an intrinsically anti-authoritarian figure whose like was a litany of rebellions against every kind of convention. On the other hand, however, Jobs often seemed to run Apple like a personal fiefdom, shaping products and strategy according to his own whims and instincts. Read More

  • Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs' Historic Influence

    Keen On… Walter Isaacson: Assessing Steve Jobs’ Historic Influence

    At the beginning of his rich and very fair biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson notes that Steve himself “found the endeavor of assessing historic influence fascinating.” So when Isaacson came into the San Francisco TechCrunchTV studio earlier this week, I asked him for his personal assessment of Steve Jobs’ historic influence. Including Jobs in a pantheon of business… Read More

  • An Interview with Walter Isaacson

    Keen On… Walter Isaacson: No, Steve Jobs Wasn’t A Tweaker (TCTV)

    Who, exactly, was Steve Jobs? Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs has sparked an intriguing debate about the identity of the real Jobs. According to The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell, Isaacson’s biography proved that Jobs was a “tweaker” – somebody who took other people’s ideas and perfected them. But Apple watchers like Daring Fireball’s John… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Biography Is Amazon’s Best-Selling Book Of The Year

    Steve Jobs Biography Is Amazon’s Best-Selling Book Of The Year

    Move over, Tina Fey — Amazon has just released the list of their ten best-selling books of the year, and Walter Isaacson’s thoughtful biography of Steve Jobs has come out on top. The biography’s appearance at the top of the list is a bit of a surprise considering its relatively late publication this year, but the book’s impressive sales performance was fueled by the… Read More

  • The Jerk

    The Jerk

    Like everyone else in the tech world, I’ve been reading Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography. Simultaneously, I’ve been reading the reactions to it. The one that seems to stand out above all others amounts to: “wow, Steve Jobs was a jerk”. Those who have followed Apple closely throughout the years have heard dozens if not hundreds of stories of Jobs berating… Read More

  • In The Halls Of The Hedge Fund Hackers

    In The Halls Of The Hedge Fund Hackers

    I went down to the demonstration today, to get my fair share of bemusement. Occupy Wall Street seemed drizzly, dejected, and oddly disconnected from the world around it. I approve of their goals, and I think their message is very clear indeed, but I’m not so sure their methods are effective. We’ll see. But they did spur me to go back and reread, of all things, some Mark… Read More

  • How Will Apple Do Without “What Would Steve Do”?

    How Will Apple Do Without “What Would Steve Do”?

    A few days ago, I wrote about the possibilities for Steve Jobs’ final “One more thing…” It seems pretty clear at this point that when he passed away earlier this month, he was still hard at work on a few new products for Apple. One was probably the next iPhone (meaning the one after the just-released iPhone 4S). Two other possibilities include digital textbooks and… Read More

  • Jobs Biography Sells Out In China As Fans Clamor For Copies

    China is serious about Jobs-mania. All 250,000 copies of the book are sold out in the country and folks lined up before bookstores opened just to get copy. Considering publishers already faked the bio, it’s clear that their love of Steve is still strong. MICGadget has a full photo gallery of the launch including a number of delightful sculptures made entirely of copies of the bio. Read More

  • Spoiler Alert: Steve Jobs Enjoyed Many Types Of Tea, Book Says

    Spoiler Alert: Steve Jobs Enjoyed Many Types Of Tea, Book Says

    Like many of you I’ve been watching the steady stream of incremental Steve Jobs-related news stories for the past couple days, resulting from the imminent launch of Walter Issacson’s Jobs biography: Jobs came up with the name Apple while on a fruitarian diet, he gave up Christianity at age 13, he loved King Lear, he was disappointed in President Obama, his first job was at… Read More

  • Steve’s Final “One More Thing…”

    Steve’s Final “One More Thing…”

    Steve Jobs was the ultimate showman. As such, it should be no surprise that he realized the power of following up a great performance with an encore. But unlike many musicians who treat encores as a given add-on for each show, Jobs seemed to recognize that encores are much more powerful if they’re used judiciously. The Steve Jobs encore was the “One more thing…”… Read More

  • Dropbox Said No To A “Nine-Digit” Acquisition Offer From Apple, Steve Jobs

    Dropbox Said No To A “Nine-Digit” Acquisition Offer From Apple, Steve Jobs

    As we were reporting the news about Dropbox’s $250 million funding round, Forbes went live with a fascinating story, detailing how co-founders Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston turned down a “nine-digit” acquisition offer from Apple back in late 2009 when the company was only two years old. The late Steve Jobs, Apple’s iconic co-founder and former CEO, reportedly led… Read More

  • Steve Wozniak Is “A Little Afraid” About The Future Of Apple (TCTV)

    Steve Wozniak Is “A Little Afraid” About The Future Of Apple (TCTV)

    As he was waiting first in line to buy the new iPhone 4S, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he is “a little afraid about the future of Apple” even though “it could go positive.” Some of his concerns are based on Apple’s iPhone 4S product demo. He says the company talked about its dual-core processor, but “Steve (Jobs) doesn’t want us to think… Read More

  • Too Soon

    Too Soon

    Steve Jobs didn’t invent Twitter. In a week of relentless tributes, somehow that gives me some relief. Not that I buy the anti-Steve story, that we are imprisoned as artists in the closed architecture of the Apple walled garden. How soul-crushing it is to enjoy things for their beingness. Bah. Read More

  • #LiveLikeSteve


    This is a guest post by Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk), Director of Product Management at Google. I’m fairly certain Steve Jobs wouldn’t be satisfied hearing about how your IIe was the gateway to a life in programming. Or your retweet of “[].” Or your Facebook profile pic changing to a screenshot of the memorial homepage. I never met the man but my sense is… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on the Post-Jobs Era

    Gillmor Gang 10.8.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — take the first tentative steps in the post-Jobs era. As a showman, technolgist, and business leader, he was unparalleled. But as a teacher, he gave us something even more valuable than ideas, products, and opportunity. Fired, he rebuilt. Dying, he lived even larger. Gone… Read More

  • Here’s To The Crazy One

    Here’s To The Crazy One

    When I wrote my piece entitled “One More Thing…” in August following the news that Steve Jobs was formally stepping down as CEO of Apple, I knew that sooner or later there would have to be a follow up. Unfortunately, it ended up being sooner. While the reaction following Jobs’ resignation was powerful, the reaction to his passing has been nothing short of amazing. Read More

  • Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address Was Watched 8 Million Times Yesterday

    Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address Was Watched 8 Million Times Yesterday

    Wow. In the wake of the sad news of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ passing, the videos featuring his inspiring speeches and presentations have seen jaw-dropping amount of views. One of Jobs’ most famous and more recent speeches, the commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 averaged 2,000 daily views in September. Yesterday, the speech saw over 8 million views, according… Read More