Justice for Jobs

Although Americans admire Steve Jobs more than any other businessman of our era, I don’t think most of us admire him enough. Exhibit A is Walter Isaacson’s famous biography of Jobs. While I enjoyed reading that book, and derived inspiration from it, I felt that it didn’t do justice to the mind¬†of Jobs–the mind with the judgment to oversee revolutions in music, computing, phones, etc. Too often Jobs was portrayed as simply having great taste, as well as an ability to manipulate people with his “reality distortion field.” Part of the problem in a biographer capturing Jobs’s mind is that Jobs was a genius, and his biographers (and we readers) are not. To get a sense of how Jobs really thinks about things, it’s best to go to the man himself. The following is by far my favorite interview with Jobs. Done in 1995, during a tumultuous time in his career, it displays an incredibly independent, precise, and far-sighted mind at work. Enjoy.

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