Woz: Nobody on the Macintosh team wanted to work under Jobs again

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Steve Jobs has an enormous reputation for eking out every last drop of performance from his talented employees, but even in the early days of Apple, that maniacal drive for success came with the huge trade-off of driving away his closest friends that built the Macintosh with him.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave a brief interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal claiming his relationship with Jobs has been portrayed inaccurately by the media. The Apple co-founders have always been friends and Woz says the two never had an argument, but Woz can’t say the same for the other top engineers at Apple.

In his interview, Woz says almost all of the the top engineers and designers that worked under Steve on the Macintosh project told him they would never work with Jobs again.

“Some of my very best friends in Apple, the most creative people in Apple who worked on the Macintosh, almost all of them said they would never, ever work for Steve Jobs again. It was that bad.”

Woz goes on to explain how Jobs only respected “people who were really really brilliant,” and Woz was obviously one of those select few. He also reveals that while Jobs was friendly with Bill Gates, he never showed him the iPhone when it was in development, fearing Microsoft would pounce on the idea.

Little did Jobs realize one of his own board members was ready to snipe the ideas to become Apple’s new No. 1 enemy.

Here’s the full interview:

  • whodakat

    I sure hope Woz is enjoying his life of Segway riding and gadget reviewing. If it was up to him, he’d be the nicest, broke guy you’ve ever met.

    Lets see, deal with a crazy boss for a few years, and spend the rest of your life riding a Segway or tell your boss to take a hike and move back in with your parents. I’ve been dealing with crazy bosses for years, and I still can’t ride a Segway.

  • http://www.jphotog.com Hrunga Zmuda

    Well, when you’re willing to let your “friend” steal your money, you never have a fight. Woz should have called Jobs on the big rip-off Jobs did to him.

  • Ron Hawkins

    This just in….who gives a crap!

  • TJ

    Woz, the IIGS was amazing. Not much since then…flush those android phones of yours down the toilet and wake up from the technocratic coma you’ve been in for the last 30 years. Do something amazing one more time. I know you have it in you. Oh, and stop talking to the media, they’ll quote everything you say. How can such a smart man be so dumb!

  • Windlasher

    Says the guy who lost out on a fortune a year and a half later after the other guy dies.

    Hey WOZ!!! Nobody gives a crap what you think.

  • LukeB33

    Man, he is trying really hard to stay relevant. The internet worships this guy so much. But besides review android phones and go to the outback steakhouse. What has he done in the last decade?

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