Long-lost video shows Steve Jobs launching his biggest failure


Steve Jobs during the NeXT years.
Steve Jobs during the NeXT years.
Photo: Doug Menuez

Only a handful of products Steve Jobs introduced to the world became flops, but three years after he was kicked out of Apple, the tech visionary unveiled his biggest failure ever: the NeXT computer.

Video footage of Jobs’ first major public appearance since he left Apple in 1985 was lost to the world until researchers for Aaron Sorkin’s movie came across two videotapes of the NeXT’s gala unveiling at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall in 1988.

Steve Jobs’ business cards from Apple, Pixar and NeXT go up for auction

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Steve Jobs memorabilia collectors can now grab the holy trifecta of business cards while also doing a bit of good along the way.

Three of Jobs’ business cards from his days at Apple, Pixar and NeXT are up for auction, with proceeds going to The Marin School in California. Bidding started at $600 but it’s already up to $2,405.

Here’s a look at the cards you’ll win if you place the high bid:

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Steve Jobs Explaining Ten Year Technology Development Cycles.

Sonoma, California, 1986.

Mac Icon Designer Susan Kare At NeXT Computer.

Sonoma, California, 1987.

Steve Jobs Returning from a Visit to the Automated NeXT Factory.

Steve Jobs during the NeXT years.

Photo: Doug Menuez

The Founders of Adobe Systems Preparing to Release Photoshop.

Mountain View, California, 1988.

Apple CEO John Sculley Masters His Shyness to Meet the Press.

Fremont, California, 1990.

President Clinton Attends A Silicon Valley Fundraiser.

Mountain View, California, 1995.

The Newton War Room at Apple Computer.

Cupertino, California, 1993.


The Newton Team Celebrate Finishing The Project.

Northern California, 1993.

Family and a few close friends aside, very few people got the inside track on Steve Jobs.

One of the few exceptions was Doug Menuez, an award-winning documentary photographer. For almost a decade between 1985 and 1994, Menuez shot an unprecedented number of photos of Jobs during his wilderness years outside Apple. And, as can be seen in the gallery above, he also took some astonishing inside shots of Apple during this same time frame.

In the process, Menuez became one of the foremost documentarians of an incredible period in Silicon Valley history. To celebrate the launch of his new book, Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000, Menuez spoke with Cult of Mac about his background with one of the greatest tech entrepreneurs to ever live.