At NeXT, Steve Jobs was ‘obsessed’ with returning to Apple

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Space X investor Steve Jurvetson remembers a talk Steve Jobs gave at Stanford.
Space X investor Steve Jurvetson remembers a talk Steve Jobs gave at Stanford.
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While in exile at NeXT, Steve Jobs remained obsessed about coming back to Apple, according to a recent interview with tech investor Steve Jurvetson.

The interview was conducted by Bloomberg’s Emily Chang, who sat down with the venture capitalist and Space X and Tesla investor.

The money quote about Jobs comes around the three-minute mark. Jurvetson talks about when Jobs came, during his so-called wilderness years at NeXT, to talk to his class at Stanford University:

The thing I remember most vividly was he was just obsessed with Apple… He doesn’t own a share of Apple… but felt this visceral pain when Apple was being beaten around in the public eye or in the press…. He would always come to the same inevitable conclusion that Apple should buy NeXT, bring him and the NeXT technology, the operating system, back into Apple.

Jurvetson then went on to say he thought Jobs was nuts for thinking the company that fired him would ever buy NeXT and bring him back. But, of course, that’s exactly what happened.

Talk about a reality-distortion field.

Source: Bloomberg