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Steve Jobs & the Next Big Thing

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Describes how Steve Jobs started Apple Computer in his garage in the late 1970s and how, after his colleagues ousted him, he founded NeXT, in a work that discusses Bill Gates, Ross Perot, George Lucas, and other figures
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Not to mention NeXT, which also had its share of "crazy Steve" management, and which would have been an unmitigated failure if Apple hadn't bought them out.

If you're interested in that story, Randall Stross' book Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing (http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Next-Big-Thing/dp/068912135...) is a good telling of it. (It was written before Jobs' return to Apple and subsequent huge success, so it's a fascinating artifact of the time before he became Saint Steve.)

Steve Jobs is not an engineer.

"Technologist" is sufficiently squishy that I can't make an argument against it, but I can cite Stross in "Steve Jobs and the Next Big Thing." Stross has a good anecdote about how Jobs didn't know how to use an email client when he was running NeXT, and that he would have his secretary print everything out for him.

http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Next-Big-Thing/dp/068912135...

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