Like me, you’ve probably already pre-ordered Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. Of course you have. So you’ll probably sympathize with me on this: when tidbits about the book started circulating around last night and this morning, I was really trying hard not to read any of them, seeing as how the book is scheduled to arrive at my door on Monday. But ultimately I caved, and, well, HOLY SH*T!
Honestly, of the details that are now out there, I really don’t know where to begin. They’re all so damn interesting. But here are a few that I found grabbed me the most, almost all of which reveal Jobs to be a stubborn as$hole he was long rumored to be.
The AP’s story on the book revealed some fascinating details, including dishing on Jobs’ smoldering disdain for former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and the Android phone…
The book also provides insight into the unraveling of Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009. Schmidt had quit Apple’s board as Google and Apple went head-to-head in smartphones, Apple with its iPhone and Google with its Android software.
Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
On Jobs’ spiritual beliefs…
The book says Jobs gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Life magazine. He asked his Sunday school pastor whether God knew what would happen to them.
Jobs never went back to church, though he did study Zen Buddhism later.
On how Jobs came up with the name “Apple”…
Jobs told Isaacson that he tried various diets, including one of fruits and vegetables. On the naming of Apple, he said he was “on one of my fruitarian diets.” He said he had just come back from an apple farm, and thought the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating.”
On what Jobs was like as a CEO…
Jobs was never a typical CEO. Apple’s first president, Mike Scott, was hired mainly to manage Jobs, then 22. One of his first projects, according to the book, was getting Jobs to bathe more often. It didn’t work.
I want more like this!
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