Stumbled upon this clip on Youtube and this has got to be one of my favorite interviews of Steve Jobs.
1995: Almost a decade has passed since Jobs was ousted from Apple. During this time, Jobs ended up launching two companies. Namely, Next and Pixar.
I like this interview for the obvious reasons. As usual, Jobs is being quite honest and candid about everything.
The interview starts with Jobs being reminiscent about his childhood. How various individuals helped pique his interest, when it comes to leveraging his skill set and getting him interests in Electronics. To his teachers in junior high, those who encouraged him through the learning process by literally bribing him with money and candies. And how that worked out quite well. Really well in-fact. Take that Daniel Pink! (Drive). To a very candid confession that Jobs would have probably ended up in jail, if it wasn’t for some of the individuals and particularly some of the teachers during his formative years. Jobs knows the kind of tendencies he possessed and how they had the capacity to direct his cognition and his destiny. I, for one, understand what he is saying.
Jobs also ends up talking about his experiences and how it took him into uncharted territories like the education sector (with Next). And some of the things he had to do in order to market Next to the education sector. Like talking to politicians and his experience dealing with the differing bodies of Governance. Seems like not much has changed throughout the decades. Jobs is sympathetic towards how the teachers are treated (pay) and generally how the system is broken as it fails to attract the best candidates for some of these jobs. Also, mention of the unions and how they protect the broken system.
Jobs also ends up talking about things that almost all the Leaders in the Tech industry should stop and pay attention to. His words are relevant to this day. Specially for Businesses and specifically businesses in the Tech industry that find themselves in a somewhat precarious situation.
Jobs talks about a number of things. Some of the themes that I noticed:
Great interview. Thank you Steve Jobs. Rest in peace.