Steve Wozniak known as "Woz", is an American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s (along with Apple Computer co-founder, Steve Jobs). Wozniak is an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who single-handedly developed the 1976 Apple I, the computer that launched Apple. He primarily designed the 1977 Apple II, but Jobs oversaw the development of its unusual case and Rod Holt developed the unique power supply.
When we started Apple, we were both in our young 20s. We had no money, we had no business experience.
We had funders—Steve was very anxious to go out and find ways to, you know, find his ways towards money. And he found a funder, and this funder had a lot of experience, he joined the company, ended up on marketing, explained that marketing was going to drive the whole company.
He told us what kinds of people we had to hire. What their roles would be. What they would do. So Steve’s role was to be a student and learn it all...so Steve was very different then. And the examples of ruthlessness and being upset with people didn't come about until later on when we'd some greater level of success.
I think he started feeling proud of himself that he would understand things. He was always kind of like the fastest...the brightest person thinking ahead.
Realizing what something really means. Like a faster computer doesn't mean it’s a faster computer, it means a person takes less time to get something done, or gets closer to their answers.
I paid a lot of attention to the way Steve thought. He was always steps ahead everybody with real life answers to where we should go next, or what project we should do next, how we should build it. Those sort of things.
I saw his genius—the ruthlessness stuff, he would sometimes, when it came to budgets, he knew how to push hard. And he knew how to push hard to get the things that would need to get done, and he pushed too hard on occasion...and I was never around, I never witnessed any [of it]...Steve was always nice to me, always very polite and respectful to me.
I never had to work in a place where there might be a difference of opinion, really.