Before you read any further, this post definitely carries a spoiler alert. That being said, many excerpts from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, set to be released on Oct 24th, have surfaced through various media outlets. Isaacson’s biography is the first to be officially authorized by Steve Jobs and is based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.
The book also contains interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues. The biography is available for pre-order on Amazon in both hardcover and digital versions. While many of the excerpts that you’ll read below from the book are heartwarming, compelling, and outright interesting, there are quite a few excerpts that are rather shocking, blatant, and seemingly uncharacteristic of Steve Jobs. For starters, Jobs makes some pretty harsh comments about Bill Gates…
Steve Jobs on Bill Gates (via Huffington Post):
“He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”
“Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.”
Steve Jobs on his biological father (via Huffington Post):
“I had been to that restaurant [owned by his biological father] a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.”
Later Steve said, “I was a wealthy man by then, and I didn’t trust him not to try to blackmail me or go to the press about it.”
Steve Jobs on Barack Obama (via Huffington Post):
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where “regulations and unnecessary costs” make it difficult for them.
Steve Jobs on Android (via Associated Press):
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Regarding Steve Jobs’ pancreatic cancer (via CBS):
While Mr. Jobs was trying all sorts of alternative [medicine] his tumor grew, and grew, and grew … and then it grew beyond control.
- Jobs waited so long before seeking normal treatment that he had to undergo a Whipple procedure, losing his pancreas and whole duodenum in 2004. This was the first alarming sign that his disease had progressed beyond a compact primary to at least a tumor so large his Pancreas and duodenum could not be saved.
- Jobs seemingly waited long enough for the disease revealed to have spread extensively to his liver. The only reason he’d have a transplant after a GEP-NET would be that the tumor invaded all major parts of the liver, which takes a considerable amount of time. Years, in most neuroendocrine tumors. It could be that this happened before his diagnosis, but the risk grows exponentially with time.
- We then saw the tumor slowly draining the life out him. It was a horrible thing to see him lose weight and slowly turn into a skin and bones form of himself.
Yet it seems that even during this recurrent phase, Mr. Jobs opted to dedicate his time to Apple as the disease progressed, instead of opting for chemotherapy or any other conventional treatment.
Steve Jobs on his black turtleneck, blue jeans apparel (via Gawker):
On a trip to Japan in the early 1980s, Jobs asked Sony’s chairman Akio Morita why everyone in the company’s factories wore uniforms. He told Jobs that after the war, no one had any clothes, and companies like Sony had to give their workers something to wear each day. Over the years, the uniforms developed their own signatures styles, especially at companies such as Sony, and it became a way of bonding workers to the company. “I decided that I wanted that type of bonding for Apple,” Jobs recalled.