The Untold Memories Of Steve Jobs Shared By His Colleagues


Steve Jobs’ story appears as the issue of Forbes on October 22, 2012. We know a lot about Steve Jobs. We all thank his willingness in the year 2011 of his life to sharing his stories with his biographer for all of us about what drove him to co-found Apple Inc. and reinvest the PC, music players, phones, and tablets.

Though there are many more stories of about Steve Jobs that you would not know. Steve Jobs was known to be the most notable luminary of the technology industry. His few friends and colleagues have shared their memories after a year of steve jobs’ death on oct. Five at the age of 56.

Hide the Porsches

Steve Jobs started a computer company, NeXT after his ouster from Apple. Randy Adams, software engineer initially turned down at Jobs’ offer to work at NeXT in the year 1985. After selling pioneering desktop software publishing company, Randy Adams was not ready to go back to work. Steve Jobs was at Randy Adams answering machine within a few days. He said that “You’re blowing it, Randy. This is the opportunity if lifetime and you are blowing it.”

Randy Adams bought a Porsche 911 at the same time when Steve Jobs did by using some of the cash that he had earned from the sale of his company. They parked their cars near each other by taking up three parking spaces between them to avoid car-door dings. Once Steve Jobs rushed to Randy Admas cubicle and said that they need to move the cars.

Randy said, “Why?” And Jobs said that “Randy, we have to hide the Porsche. Ross Perot is coming by and thinking to invest in the company, and we don’t want him to think we have a lot of money.” Then they moved the cars in Palo Alto, Calif, around to the back of NeXT’s offices. And in the year 1987, Perot invested $20 million in the company, and he took a seat on the board of the company.

When Bill Gates showed up at NeXT for a meeting, Randy Adams also recalls the time. It was the end of the year 1986. The receptionist called Jobs in the downstairs lobby whose cube was upstairs to tell him that Bill Gates was in the lobby. Adams said that “I could see him sitting in his cube, not busy. But he did not get up or calls Gates up. In fact, he left him waiting in the lobby for an hour. That speaks to their rivalry.”

Randy Adams was NeXT engineer. He said that “They took the opportunity to go downstairs and ply Gates with questions. We enjoyed it. And spent an hour talking to him until Steve Jobs finally called him in.”

After disagreeing with Steve Jobs about the use of the optical drive in the workstation of NeXT which Adams felt would be too slow, Adams left NeXT. After some time, Later on, Steve Jobs convinced Randy Adams to start a software business around his company, NeXT that Adams did with a $2 million investment from Sequoia Capital. Steve Jobs has called Adams again to let him know about NeXT that NeXT was going to give up its workstation business and focus instead on the software as the business was underway.

Jobs told Adams that “the cost of hardware is coming down and they think it’s a commodity. Adams said that “Then why don’t you sell PC’s?” Jobs replied that “I had rather sell dogs than PCs.”

Adams has told many things about Steve Jobs, and he said that he has many more memories of Steve Jobs from those days when they were at NeXT. Adams has shared subway sandwich memory that how Jobs, a vegan and other engineers enjoying their subway sandwiches and they comment that “Oh, the smell of burnt animal flesh. How delightful.”

Steve Jobs also dressed up as Santa Claus in the year 1986, and he handed out $100 bills to his employees. Jobs was also constantly telling his employees those who had screwed up or done something that he did not like to “fire yourself.” Was he serious about this? If anyone did not receive the notice of termination, then you knew that Jobs was kidding.

After the death of steve jobs, Adams went on after NeXT to help the lead development of Adobe Acrobat and PDF. And now he is the co-founder of the FunnyorDie.com site. Adams says that the tech industry is still feeling his loss. Adams said that “Jobs’ charisma, was like electricity- he was giving off this incredible force. It was like inspirational. He lifted you. I used to believe when I was with Steve, and you could do anything. You could even change the world. When he died, a little bit of that feeling left him. There’s no one like him.”


Scuff Marks on the Mini-Store

He had a tumor in his pancreas. In the year 2004, he had the surgery to remove a tumor from his pancreas. After this, he made his first public appearance in which he revealed about his tumor surgery. In this first public appearance, Steve Jobs met with some reporters including Randy Adams at the Standford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif. There he unveils a new 750 square feet “mini” store design. This min store was half of the size of the typical Apple retail stores of that time. And this mini store design featured an all-white ceiling of the store, which lit from behind with Japnese made stainless steel walls and there are holes in the top for the ventilation. This design is ditto with the design of the PowerMac G5 in which there is a shiny, seamless white floor. This seamless white floor is made up of the material that is used in the aircraft hangars. Steve Jobs told all about this at that time of his public appearance.

Ultimately, Jobs was convinced to step outside, and the curtain was put before the small gathering of the reporters. When Adams saw the floor, he immediately turned to Jobs and stood next to him and asked him that if he had involved in every aspect of the design of the mini-store. Jobs said Yes. Adams told him that “It was obvious that whoever designed the store had never cleaned the floor in their life.” Then Steve narrowed his eyed at Adams and went inside the curtain.



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