Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in 1976. He is an inventor, computer engineer and programmer who single-handedly invented both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the 1970s. These computers contributed significantly to the microcomputer revolution.
Taking on things you never did before and trying to figure out a good way to do them, as a builder, and not recreating things according to how it has been done before. Spend lots of time thinking about how to make things better than any other human would. Mainly, write the book yourself rather than read it.
What were your biggest difficulties?
Convincing the world that computers were for normal people. Leaving a company I loved to this day, Hewlett Packard. Building our second success…the Macintosh had failed and took years to build, whereas the Apple II had come easily. Personally, no difficulties. Everything was what I'd be doing for fun for myself. So no difficulty, it came to me by skill and luck.
If you could go back, what would you do better and what wouldn't you do at all?
I don't think that way. I had such good thinking on all my decisions, that I can repeat them in my head and know what my reasons were and they were good. I don't live looking back and regretting things. You can smile or frown, so why give yourself reasons to frown.
What would you suggest to the people who want to follow in your footsteps?
Not sure what you mean. Founding a company almost by accident? Developing great and unusual engineering skills? Being good at something that becomes very valuable at some point in time? Creating a great product single-handedly? Not being swayed or corrupted by business success? Caring about people who need things? Hard to say what it's about.
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