This unmissable interview with Steve Wozniak is a pure showcase of his incredible passion, warmth, humour, generosity, integrity and sense of fairness. Wozniak describes the journey of Apple, working with Steve Jobs, and the critical role of angel investor Mike Markkula.
Steve describes what he feels are the six must-have components of a start up, and the importance of disruption in the largest of companies. Steve’s passion for engineering and building evidences itself at every turn of the conversation, making this highly animated interview completely and wholly infused with the energy and genius that is the legend – Steve Wozniak.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products: the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, colour graphics, and a floppy disk drive.
Wozniak has been awarded a series of high profile awards including the National Medal of Technology by the US President in 1985, the highest honour bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000 he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for his philanthropic educational work. In 2014, he received the prestigious Hoover Medal, an engineering prize for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity.”
Throughout the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools, stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is author of New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, published in September 2006 by Norton Publishing.