Steve Jobs Was A “Flakey Joker” According To Early Silicon Valley Investor [Letters of Note]



These days, Steve Jobs’s business acumen is legendary, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, when Steve first went on a fund-raising expedition to get money for the original Apple I in natal Silicon Valley, he was described as a secretive “joker” who couldn’t trust anyone and had a “flakey” partnership with Steve Wozniak.

The letter was written by Mike Rose, who back in 1976 ran an advertising agency in Los Altos. Bloomberg notes:

The note is wonderful in part because it reveals how much Silicon Valley has changed in 35 years. In 1976, two guys trying to launch a tech company from a garage in the heart of Silicon Valley were flakes. Today, someone in Rose’s position might well ask for a piece of the action — payment in the form of a small bit of stock, perhaps?

The note also shows us that in some ways, the 21-year-old Jobs was not too different from the man he later became. Jobs may have struck Rose as a “joker,” but the young entrepreneur is concerned about secrecy (“Wouldn’t trust me,” Rose writes) and drives a hard bargain (“wants it for nothing”).

[via MacTrast]

  • Kye Alan Russell

    Awful handwriting much?

  • DickyWicked

    that doesn’t make sense…

  • Eric Seif

    very cool to see this.

  • shaunusher

    The “Letters of Note” heading — is that a regular thing on this site?

  • rsbell

    Oh I’m sorry. It’s difficult to read this post on my iPhone with that stupid and intrusive advertising bar.

    Get rid of it and I will read the posts on your blog. Keep it and I will not be back.

    That is all.

  • knacker

    Good, and dont forget close the door after you,, pathetic whiner!

  • rsbell

    Wow, you really missed the tongue-in-cheek tone of my post.

    I suggest some hot cocoa.

    Besides, aren’t you tired of seeing advertising absolutely everywhere?

  • Steven Zahl

    Proves that being a Venture Capitalist is not easy.