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Founders at work: Interview with Steve Wozniak (foundersatwork.com)
60 points by svag on July 16, 2010 | hide | past | web | favorite | 11 comments

/ All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money and (b) not having done it before, ever. Every single thing that we came out with that was really great, I'd never once done that thing in my life.

I love this part—sometimes, constraints are better than having everything you want.

>>>First of all, try to have the highest of ethics and to be open and truthful about things, not hiding. If you have to hide something for company reasons, at least explain what you're doing. Don't mislead people. Know in your heart that you are a good person with good goals because that will carry over to your own self-confidence and your belief in your engineering abilities. Always seek excellence: make your product better than the average person would. <<<

He's more than an amazing engineer. He's an amazing human being.

I am sad that he isn't running Apple. Of course I will get the 'but it wouldn't be what it is' argument. But as a human being, he is infinitely better than steve jobs and perhaps they could have adopted a google like culture to success.

You're completely on the money with that last comment. Hopefully, one day I'll have an opportunity to have an intelligent discourse with him. He's my idol.

I read it as a course book in an entrepreneurial course in the university and I liked it from the beginning. I read it all in 2 days...

Fun to revisit this one-- it's one of my favorites!

Just to mention that Woz has his website here:


I really like the way he talks. The phasing is so simple and forward.

one of my idols. definitely one of my main inspirations not only for wanting to make money in software but also to start my own company.

I was one of the original Apple customers (well my dad was, I just got access to it). we had an Apple II then a II+. Learned BASIC then 6502 Assembly. I remember one of the first times I took off the case lid and saw the guts of it, trying to figure out what all the different chips and doodads did. Good times.

definitely one of my main inspirations not only for wanting to make money in software but also to start my own company.

If I remember correctly, Woz didn't want to make money or start his own company!

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