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Steve Jobs pdf Steve Jobs, ebook Steve Jobs, epub Steve Jobs, doc Steve Jobs, e-pub Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs 5d0dc3235b5 From The Author Of The Bestselling Biographies Of Benjamin Franklin And Albert Einstein, This Is The Exclusive, New York Times Bestselling Biography Of Apple Co Founder Steve JobsBased On Than Forty Interviews With Jobs Conducted Over Two Years As Well As Interviews With Than A Hundred Family Members, Friends, Adversaries, Competitors, And Colleagues Walter Isaacson Has Written A Riveting Story Of The Roller Coaster Life And Searingly Intense Personality Of A Creative Entrepreneur Whose Passion For Perfection And Ferocious Drive Revolutionized Six Industries Personal Computers, Animated Movies, Music, Phones, Tablet Computing, And Digital PublishingAt A Time When America Is Seeking Ways To Sustain Its Innovative Edge, And When Societies Around The World Are Trying To Build Digital Age Economies, Jobs Stands As The Ultimate Icon Of Inventiveness And Applied Imagination He Knew That The Best Way To Create Value In The Twenty First Century Was To Connect Creativity With Technology He Built A Company Where Leaps Of The Imagination Were Combined With Remarkable Feats Of EngineeringAlthough Jobs Cooperated With This Book, He Asked For No Control Over What Was Written Nor Even The Right To Read It Before It Was Published He Put Nothing Off Limits He Encouraged The People He Knew To Speak Honestly And Jobs Speaks Candidly, Sometimes Brutally So, About The People He Worked With And Competed Against His Friends, Foes, And Colleagues Provide An Unvarnished View Of The Passions, Perfectionism, Obsessions, Artistry, Devilry, And Compulsion For Control That Shaped His Approach To Business And The Innovative Products That ResultedDriven By Demons, Jobs Could Drive Those Around Him To Fury And Despair But His Personality And Products Were Interrelated, Just As Apple S Hardware And Software Tended To Be, As If Part Of An Integrated System His Tale Is Instructive And Cautionary, Filled With Lessons About Innovation, Character, Leadership, And Values


10 thoughts on “Steve Jobs

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    Steve Jobs was a damn dirty hippie He didn t much like to shower or wear shoes He believed his diet kept him from getting stinky, not true apparently In fact he was quite odd and obsessive about his diets, he would go on kicks where he would eat nothing but carrots for long periods of time until he turned orange This makes me wonder if these strange eating habits brought on his cancer Who can say Steve Jobs was an asshat.He was an ass to everyone, even Steve Wozniak, who by everyone s standards is one of the nicest guys there is Wozniak was Job s only friend at times, and looked up to him always, but Jobs screwed him over time and again Jobs didn t even claim his first born daughter until much later as his own even though there was no doubt she belonged to him He also was a very emotional man, lots of crying and snot when he wanted something Impossible to please, even down to the color of things I seriously don t know how anything got finished, I really don t.Steve Jobs was a super genius.Despite of or because of all this he created the most amazing things Because he demanded the impossible, he would get it I love my Ipod and my Ipad I m very attached, I don t want to live without them I use the Ipod for my audiobook and podcast addiction I m even learning how to draw caricatures on the Ipad..so frik n cool Thank you Steve for being a damn dirty hippie, asshat super genius Your creations have enhanced, and changed our lives.Review also appears on Shelfinflicted.Go and visit


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    There are three things necessary for a great biography 1 A compelling subject2 An engaging narrative3 AccuracyWalter Isaacson s Steve Jobs has all three.Steve Jobs was a fascinating person whose powerful personality and extraordinary life make for a very compelling read He revolutionized many different technological and entertainment industries by successfully blending technology and the liberal arts, giving consumers products they didn t even know they wanted He was able to defy reality by simply refusing to accept it a phenomenon referred to as his reality distortion field , enabling him to do the impossible On a personal level, Jobs was a very sensitive and emotional man, yet he was unable to empathize with the feelings of others, which, along with his reality distortion field, led to him act in unsavory ways towards people in both his personal and professional life After reading this book it was easy to understand why Jobs is such a polarizing figure But whether you love or hate him, it s impossible to deny that he had a major impact on the world, or that he was an interesting person.Isaacson s narrative style is engaging Rather than listing a bunch of facts and quotes, which would make for a very dull read, he uses them to construct a story about Jobs life The book is also structured in a logical fashion Although largely chronological, the chapters do center around certain themes Isaacson also avoids getting bogged down by technological details, which can be a temptation in a book that features a computer company Even when the technological aspects of a product are necessary to illustrate a point, they are explained simply so that even a reader who is not tech savvy can understand.In terms of accuracy, I can only judge based on what I know from other sources as well as my impression after reading the biography I do not have the resources or connections to go through every assertion made and verify them I can, however, assess whether or not Isaacson appeared to be presenting an overly positive or negative picture I believe that Isaacson presents a realistic picture of Jobs that includes both the positive and negative sides to his personality Jobs comes across as a real person with a lot of flaws and perhaps a mental illness, but who has also accomplished some amazing things I did not get the feeling that Isaacson was trying to whitewash or defame him This is not to say that Isaacson is unbiased, but I have yet to find a biographer who isn t A biographer must be passionate about his or her subject in order to devote the time needed to write a thorough biography, and with passion comes bias, whether positive or negative Isaacson was positively biased towards Jobs, however, this did not prevent him from exposing the darker side of Jobs personality He also contradicts Jobs own statements with both facts and other people s accounts I appreciated that he included both sides of a story However, he does tend to justify Jobs obnoxious behavior and negative personality traits by reminding the reader that these behaviors and traits also led him to do great things, and achieve the impossible It often seems as though Isaacson is implying that the ends justify the means, although the reader is able to form his or her own opinion If you can ignore Isaacson s apologetic tone, which is present throughout, the biography does present a balanced picture of Jobs.Overall, I really enjoyed this biography I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Steve Jobs, Apple, or is interested in particularly influential people Although Pixar plays a much smaller role, there are also some interesting stories about how Pixar came to be what it is today I would not recommend this biography to Apple haters or Steve Jobs haters due to Isaacson s apologetic presentation of Jobs negative traits, nor would I recommend it to fans who would rather remember an idealized version of Jobs Also, I d caution readers to remember that this is a biography about Steve Jobs, not about the history of Apple While Apple is featured in this biography quite a bit since it was a huge part of Jobs life, so than his other companies or even his family, there are pieces of Apple s story that are missing or glossed over, presumably because in the grand scheme of Jobs life, they were not that important If you are looking for a complete profile of Apple, this is not it, although it will give you some interesting insights into the company, and provide a detailed, though incomplete, history.Disclaimer I think it s important to note my personal history with Apple I have been drinking the Apple koolaid for about twenty years, which is most of my life In high school, I used to get into debates with people over whether Macs or PCs were better, often being the only Mac defender in a group arguing for PCs Like any Apple fanatic, I ve regarded Steve Jobs with a sort of reverence usually reserved for rock stars and actors I was, therefore, deeply interested in reading about his life Take what you will from my review given my feelings towards Apple, and the man who made the company what it is today.


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    Update This is a very interesting view of Steve Jobs by the mother of his daughter, Lisa although he denied he was her father, despite paternity tests and his childhood sweetheart She doesn t think the film goes far enough in depicting his character truthfully I am sure that what she writes in her book The Bite in the Apple A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs is absolutely true Apple s lawyers would sue her out of all existence if there was even a word that they could latch onto But still, her feelings and opinions are her own.____________This is a fantastically well written and exhaustive biography of a brilliant, if flawed, man, with no holds barred Jobs great achievement was to marry an uncompromisingly zen creativity to electronically advanced products when all around built boxes The art of form following function taken to its extreme, where even the innards are as beautiful as the case, has an authenticity that appeals to all even those who won t pay for an Apple product.They say that when you are dying you regret not what you did but what you didn t do Jobs scarcely regretted a thing, his ego was so vast he could hardly contemplate that he might actually have been wrong and since a young age, he only ever did what he wanted and could not be swayed or persuaded by anyone else to even do something as small as hold his acerbic tongue I was once an electronics designer I made quite a lot of money and essentially retired at 25 Sir Alan Sugar, the originator of The Apprentice and a friend and business acquaintance asked me to come to work for him as his personal assistant I didn t, I decided to sail around the world instead More fool me The book made me wish, and not for the first time and not because I am now quite poor all booksellers are, except the crew that I hadn t left electronics, because my head is again full of ideas and that is where they will have to stay So I have regrets even now.I took the road less travelled and it turned out to end up in a tropical mangrove swamp where I sit, pleasantly bogged down Jobs took the highway, the one with a good surface and plenty of signs He overtook everyone and reached his destination of unqualified success, excellence, money and credibility in a very short time, and the world would be a lot poorer without him RIP Steve You were a true artist and visionary.I haven t got a Mac myself Because, as the advert said, I m just not cool enough.Edit May 2014 I went to dinner on a 93 yacht with a chef, hostess and a couple of crew and the captain gave me an iPad for a present He said it was only a first gen one and I was too cool not to have a Mac This is true I did t see the captain for about three or four months We were in the same marina bar He asked me how I liked the ipad and I said great and went to get it out of my bag It was gone Someone had stolen it from my bag within the last ten minutes I d only been there that long But who in a crowd how can you tell I have a really cheap under 100 Chinese tablet now It does everything that the ipad did but it isn t thin and cool But then neither am I Finished March 1, 2012


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    When I was at the halfway point I became struck by what a jerk SJ was Yes, he was brilliant and all that But he seemed to view other humans as nothing than ants in his ant farm, sub biologicals that he could squish whenever he felt like it And did.Some might say that his gifts to tech development, or the fact that he changed and invented whole industries, would compensate Maybe the two things went together, cruelty and brilliance But the lesson to be drawn here, future CEOs, isn t that his cruelty fed his brilliance He was brilliant, and he was cruel, and they weren t linked He was aware of the pain he was causing other people, yet like so many other overbearing, thoughtless and petulant overlords, Jobs was thin skinned Also, I don t believe that his often cited sense of abandonment, from having been put up for adoption, justifies his behavior.He was, as the author put it, bratty Jobs would fiddle with design changes to the point of driving his team mad A thousand different variations of white weren t satisfactory He wanted a new color to be invented, regardless of the damage done to the rollout of the new object As I said, I m only halfway through the book Hopefully there ll be some positive info about SJ that will balance out some of the negativity I ve spelled out I ll finish this review when I finish the book.Nov 8, 2011 I finished the book Here are the rest of my thoughts.Isaacson makes an interesting point when he says Jobs was a genius He means genius not in terms of a high IQ, but in terms of an ability to see things in surges of intuition, inspiration, and creativity BTW here s an interesting rundown of the smartest people on the planet Because of his genius, I agree that Jobs deserves to be included in the company of Edison, Franklin, et al Steve Jobs pushed everybody until they wanted to kill him, but the pushing yielded amazing, brilliant new products His unique brainpower allowed him to see how things might align, merge, and serve each other, and how utility might be blended with art That vision led to creations of whole industries His obsession with perfection and control led him to flirt with emulating the Big Brother that Apple was created to bring down One of the fascinating threads of this book was the debate between proponents of closed and open systems Was it better to manufacture a pristine, inflexible system or the messier free thinking open system And what were the implications of that belief on Jobs view of his customers and his worldview Yet he defined petulance His food had to be just so He would send back a glass of orange juice three times until finally satisfied it was fresh He was vindictive, cruel and even Machiavellian He wasn t much of a family man, and he ignored his kids to a painful extent Isaacson mused that Jobs meanness wasn t a critical part of his success He was totally aware of its effect on others, yet he indulged.In spite of my aversion to the man, I actually felt empowered as I came to the end of the book Steve Jobs had lived by certain precepts, which in the current economy we could all benefit from Know your value Have a skill you can sell Be really, really good at something Things can turn around if you persevere, but don t be afraid to walk away.Unbending to the end, even the prospect of death didn t soften him up much, but he brought me up short on the last page of the book, because I am obsessed with the same question I like to think that something survives after you die It s strange to think that you accumulate all this experience, and maybe a little wisdom, and it just goes away So I really want to believe that something survives, and that maybe your consciousness endures I closed the book with a bit compassion for this difficult man and went outside to pick cilantro for that night s dinner Since we d just had a serious storm, I declined to rinse it I simply cleaned it, thinking, Organic and pristine from the garden Steve would ve approved.


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    Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive, New York Times bestselling biography of Apple co founder Steve Jobs 2016 1390 703 9786005184419 1955 2011 21 1980


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    so, we are having the event for this book at our store tonight the number of people calling up to ask if steve jobs will also be present to sign is staggering in other words, i care enough about steve jobs to want to read a 600 page book about him, but i am somehow unaware that he is deceased is what i hope the alternative is ghoulish and i do not want to entertain it.


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    Never expected to find this much enjoyment reading a biography Isaacson has truly done a wonderful job with this book For those who are too busy to read the entire book, please try to grab a quick read of the last two chapters of the book at a book store or airport or someplace These chapters are a concise summary of the entire book as well as the thesis Isaacson builds up to throughout the book Besides, it will probably make you buy and read the whole thing anyway.To call this man a Great Marketer is probably a great disservice to him and Steve would probably have had a fit about that I used to think of him as an epitome of modern marketing as well, but he would probably classify marketing as evil in his radar He hated the idea of any company focusing on marketing and emphatically states that is the whole problem with most companies today This is probably a difficult idea to get to grips with, but is essential too.I hope every Management Guru and CEO is studying this book and drawing the right lessons We could truly be in a better world if they do Just to clarify, I am not a fanboy of all apple products though I am sure the Mac is the best tech device till date but I do I fall on the android side of the fence But, Jobs philosophy on running companies and driving innovation is the best in the modern age and should be copied shamelessly, if not their product features I am looking at you Samsung.


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    Executive summary of Isaacson s Steve Jobs Remove everything that is unnecessary Be ruthless about building an A team Make stuff you believe in Collaborate often through vigorous discussion Push yourself and others to do the impossible now Make great experiences by simplifying Own your work and protect it Live at intersection of intellect and intuition.But these are not spoilers The drama of this biography is in the decisions Jobs made, the way he followed through on these ideals Read the book In the same way that you understand a proverb much after you ve had a life a experience that demonstrates it, these will mean much, much when you see them in the context of Steve Jobs life.Plus, you ll also discover Jobs equally as compelling character traits from his idealism to his irascibility.


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    My background is as a post 1979 punk rocker So naturally I view all dope gorging smelly long hair Dylan worshiping hippies with a certain amount of suspicion and disdain.The author shows, on a page by page basis, what an insufferable asshole Steve Jobs was I m not exaggerating But the book left me wondering why how did he become this way The book is fairly well researched, but except for a precious few anecdotes about his youth, very little is said about his upbringing I d really like to know about his family dynamic What was his parents parenting style The book says NOTHING about the adopted sister he grew up with Anyone who has grown up with siblings can attest to the influence of siblings on their personality To me the lack of insight into his teen and pre teen life leaves a glaring hole in understanding the man.My opinion of Steve Jobs The ends don t justify the means I don t care how creative or driven you are you re not allowed to be an asshole to your fellow human beings.


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    This is an amazing inside view into the life of one of the great businessmen of our era A must read The thing that struck me most about Steve Jobs was that he was an incredible perfectionist He was a craftsman, and wanted the computers he built to be beautiful and amazing and useful He believed that computers were at the intersection of technology and liberal arts a phrase he used a lot because he realized computers weren t just for geeks They are for everyone, and needed to be able to be used by everyone.Steve put design at the top of product pyramid at Apple above engineering This means they spent a lot of time trying to fit the hardware into the beautifully designed cases the designers came up with, and the designers and engineers had to work together closely This can backfire eg Antennagate , but largely it worked really well It produced amazing computers that were visually distinct from everything else in the market, and that just work If I learned anything from this book, it s that Apple believed that design is paramount, and spending extra time and engineering resources to make a beautiful design work is worth it.Apple s design philosophy is to make it simple Really simple You still see this today go to Apple.com you will see ONE product Now try According to the book, Jobs learned this from Markkula, who taught him that A great company must be able to impute its values from the first impression it makes Steve s ethos was basically that if you are going to do something, do it right The book is full of examples of Steve doing this When the iMac first came out it looked like no other computer It was interesting to hear how difficult it was for the engineers to accommodate a handle on the computer but it ended up being a defining feature of the computer I also loved the story of how Steve was obsessed with quality glass, and ordered the highest end stuff he could find for his Apple Stores.Steve s management tactics got a lot of scrutiny in the book and many other reviewers use words like jerk to describe him It sounds like Steve could definitely be a jerk to work for His management style was to push people as hard as he could, and to let people know when they didn t perform When pushed like that, a person can have one of two reactions they either resent it, and end up quitting or getting fired B players or they accept the challenge to do better, and come back the next week with something even better Win win for Steve he filters out the b players and gets his a players to produce the best work they can But, as was pointed out in the book, if Steve was nothing but a jerk, he wouldn t have built a company full of loyal employees Apple has one of the lowest turnover rates in the valley Jobs only hired people who had a passion for the product I also liked how he motivated by looking at the bigger picture such as the story of how he convinced his engineer that saving 10 seconds off the boot time was worth it because across 5 million users that would save 100 lifetimes per year.The book was full of references to Steve s dynamic personality his reality distortion field is a great descriptor Steve believed he could do anything and he was so persuasive that he could convince those around him that they could whatever it was too I think this is one of the most defining qualities of an entrepreneur believing something can be done against all odds Not being afraid to tear down walls or think outside the box I loved the description of Steve that whatever he was touting was the best thing he ever produced You see him do this in his keynote speeches too He is always using words like best , amazing , etc to describe whatever he s launching A big theme that the author made was that especially early on, Steve viewed Apple as counter culture rebels They were hippies who thought they could change the world And they did but not only that I think they embedded their can do attitude deep in Silicon Valley, which is probably highly correlated with why it is the center of the technology revolution today This quote is classic The people who invited the twenty first century were pot smoking, sandal wearing hippies from the West Coast like Steve, because they saw differently The hierarchical systems of the East Coast, England, Germany, and Japan do not encourage this different thinking The sixties produced an anarchic mind set that is great for imagining a world not yet in existence One of Steve s great abilities was to focus When Jobs came back to Apple from his hiatus the biggest innovation he made was to focus the company onto just the few products that were working or had potential What are the five products you want to focus on Get rid of the rest, because they re dragging you down They re turning you into Microsoft They re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great Steve s belief that computers need to be beautiful and easy to use basically prevented him from ever licensing his software, as then he wouldn t be able to control the user experience Microsoft didn t have that problem, and that s why Windows dominated I think it s also the reason that Windows is in trouble today They have spent a decade making their code work across hundreds of different hardware configurations Their code is now full of backwards compatibility support that just makes it messy, and bloated Worse, their focus is on maintaining all that instead of innovating and improving it The platform vs integrated approach is being tested again with the iphone vs android It will be interesting to see if history replays itself, or if Apple s lead and ability to make a superior product because of their full stack control will prevail.In the end, this was the best quote of the book Stay Hungry Stay Foolish.


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