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Untold Stories About Steve Jobs

Posted on 10-02-2012 10:38 am


Forbes, the famous business magazine, has today published various ‘Untold Stories’ about the legendary Apple founder, who tragically died last year, onto its website.
Steve shared many stories with a biographer towards the end of his life, but there is still much to hear about the genius behind Apple.
The first story comes from software engineer Randy Adams, and he speaks of a time in 1985, when he and Jobs both owned Porsche 911s. Jobs and Adams were meeting Ross Perot at the NeXT headquarters in Palo Alto, California, to try and persuade him to invest in their company.
Jobs had hastily told Adams to move his car:
“Randy, we have to hide the Porsches,”
When Adams asked why, Jobs responded:
“Ross Perot is coming and thinking of investing in the company, and we don’t want him to think we have a lot of money.”
The cars were parked out of sight of Perot, behind the office, and the wealthy Texan ended up investing $20,000,000 in NeXT.
Another story, also told by Adams, shows the rivalry between Steve Jobs and his long-time arch nemesis, Bill Gates.
In the fall of 1986, Jobs was having a meeting with Gates. Jobs’ receptionist informed him of Gates’ arrival, but Adams claims:
“I could see him sitting in his cube, not really busy, but he didn’t get up or call Gates up. In fact, he left him waiting in the lobby for an hour. That speaks to their rivalry.”
The final story is told by Connie Guglielmo, an author who recalls a time that Jobs, just before the launch of a new retail store, had a “meltdown”.
Jobs was annoyed at the fact that the ”shiny, seamless white floor” that he had chosen for the store collected scuff marks from shoes very easily. So annoyed, in-fact, that he refused to leave the store to greet reporters, and unveil the shop.
Gugliemo says:
“When I saw the floor, I immediately turned to Jobs, standing next to me, and asked if he had been involved in every aspect of the design, he said yes. ‘It was obvious that whoever designed the store had never cleaned a floor in their life,’ I told him. He narrowed his eyes at me and stepped inside.”
After this event, Apple decided to switch the floors of its stores from shiny white to stone tile, to avoid the scuff marks.
Forbes will be publishing these stories and more in its October 22 magazine, so we’ll hopefully get another glimpse into the life of the legend that is Steve Jobs in no time.
Last updated: 10-02-2012 10:38 am