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Steve Wozniak
Co-Founder Apple

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.

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Are you still friends?

Yeah, we've always been friends. Can you find anyone who's ever seen us argue? We're not close friends, but never had any falling-out.

There are reports about Steve Jobs’ “ruthlessness”—did you experience any of it during Apple’s beginnings?

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. 

Would you consider going back to Apple?
The only way I would consider it is if I thought if I could help Apple, and if Apple thought I could help them in some way. I could always [start], although my company Fusion IO is a high priority for me, too, and I want to do anything I can to h...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
So who do you see as Apple's biggest competitors right now?
I see Google, actually. I think Apple's major products are the iOS products—the iPhone and the iPad. And the Google Android system is the biggest competitor in those areas, and the Android phone is kind of taking over a market share. Some of the...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
I know you said you’re not a businessman, but if someone came to you for advice on how to run Apple, what would you say?
I’d be a little more friendly and open to the other communities. Make the excellent products, but don’t stop young technical people from being able to quickly pick it up and write a program on it like a real computer. So in other words, I grew up...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
How do you think will Jobs’ resignation will affect the company?
Too early to tell. I don’t think it'll be an immediate effect.Products that come out in the next couple of years are already in the pipeline. They've already been steered in a good direction. The company has also been steered in a good direction b...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
What do you see as the legacy of Steve Jobs and Apple?
 I think Steve Jobs will be recognized as the great technology hero, visionary…in my own opinion, it was that he was able to take a company that had the benefits of Apple, which is a large number of people that used a lot of their products, except...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
Tell me about your time at Homestead High School—there seems to be a lot of misinformation about your time there. Did you and Steve Jobs go there together? How did you two meet?
There's a lot of misinformation, too, about even the starting of Apple and whom did what—where the products and the ideas really come from, and that's covered very well in my book iWoz...We didn't go to school together. Steve was actually four yea...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
What was your best travel experience lately?
I had an incredible one in China. It was an unbelievable experience to see so many people who are sharp in technology and looking forward to being part of and creating the future. I even saw a Tesla electronic vehicle showroom. They also showed [m...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
What else are you up to these days?
I’m speaking almost all the time. I’m traveling the world, giving like 70 speeches a year, and most of them are foreign, so you can figure out how much time goes into that. My wife would tell you how busy I actually am
What other kinds of technology would you like to see developed in your lifetime?
I would like to see computers become almost conscious, that they think out methods to tell themselves how to solve their own problems rather than rely on humans to program them. I would like them to have feelings and understanding of other humans ...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
Do you use all Apple products?
I use almost every variety of Apple products, but I also experiment with other brands of mobile Internet devices—mostly other brands of smartphones. And I find that some do things better than other brands do. So sometimes, depending on what I’m tr...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
Fair enough. What’s your one best piece of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
A lot of people who are entrepreneurs come from a business point of view: “I have an idea for a product. Now I’ve got to find the money, and then I’ll find somebody who can build it.” My advice is include engineers, who are the greatest problem-so...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
Speaking of "let's play pranks," you had an affinity for pulling them when you were younger. Can you think of some good ones you've done?
I’ve done so many that I keep doing to this day. But there was one that stands out. I got an announcement put into our high school announcements that says at 3:00 in room B52, Stanford University’s head janitor will speak on higher custodial educa...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
There have been rumors over the years about your relationship with Steve Jobs—getting along, not getting along—what was it actually like?
[We were] always getting along. We were very close friends for many years leading up to Apple. Over and over, I would design things and Steve Jobs would do the business end to get some money for them. We had been running as a little partnership lo...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
Apple Computer will celebrate its thirty-eighth anniversary April 1. What’s it like to look back on the company today?
It’s amazing how much it’s done and what the whole journey has been, from trying to bring something we thought was a useful device for people and seeing how far it’s gone. Apple’s role in it has been incredible, and we’ve really been the biggest p...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
What about something that will truly change the way our lives work?
Automated cars. It will happen, and I know Google and also Tesla are trying to create cars that can drive by themselves. Think of how that’ll change life. It would be so different than anything we currently know, but the capabilities are coming.
How about the Google Glass-type products that are out there?
Now that’s cool. I’ve tested those kinds of things a few times, and there is definitely a cool factor to it. But I doubt it will get mass adoption because there’s just nothing there to justify the $1,500 price point. It’s cool, but it’s kind of od...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
What’s your view of the wearables technology market?
I like it because I like to experiment with new things. I’m not really a fan of the smart watches, though. The Bluetooth aspect of it just kind of gets in the way. It goes back to my point earlier about technology making things easier. Does a smar...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
How will voice recognition play into this?
It’s all about understanding us and almost anything you think of in your head you don’t have to then think ‘what is the process on my machine to get it done’? You can just speak it, and I think that’s one of those one-way doors you don’t go back t...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
Is this essentially where technology is going?
Absolutely. It’s all about ease of use when it comes to technology. The easier it is to use, the better it will be for our lives. This was a big step that even the mouse-based Macintosh gave to us. You didn’t have to memorize anything because it w...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
How do you think technology in general will change our lives within the next five years or so?
The trend in personal computers has been getting more and more personal, meaning working in human ways that we don’t have to think about steps to get the technology done. My favorite thing along those lines right now is speaking into the phone. Yo...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free