The passing of Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a cultural impact typically reserved for the most highly revered members of society. This reaction was no doubt fitting, as it is difficult to even walk down a street without being surrounded by Jobs’ products and influences. Jobs was universally regarded as a genius of both form and function, a visionary who changed the way we communicate in an age when communication is the most valuable commodity we possess.
This, of course, is the side of Steve Jobs that we can lovingly embrace in memory; the other side of Steve Jobs is one of a man who was cognizant of his own genius and thus, fueled by ego and ambition. While Jobs’ ego did not manifest itself in any overtly detrimental way, it created a man with two distinct sides. Both of these sides are explored in the upcoming authorized biography “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. The Huffington Post procured an advance copy of the book which proves to be a fascinating exploration into the multi-faceted technology guru. We outline some of the HuffPost’s highlights below:
Jobs and Barack Obama:
Steve Jobs bluntly told Obama that he was “headed for a one-term presidency.” Jobs implored the President to be more business-friendly, citing “regulations and unnecessary costs” that make American manufacturing less advantageous than overseas factory-building. Jobs also suggested to the President that schools be open 11 months a year and until 6 p.m. daily. Despite this dissension, Jobs wished to assist the President in his 2012 campaign, offering to design campaign ads; it was an offer that Jobs also made in 2008.
Jobs and Bill Gates:
The tension that the media portrayed between the two icons is supported by Jobs’ admission that “Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, why is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.” Gates had previously noted Jobs as “fundamentally odd,” specifically referencing his duality. According to Gates, Jobs was “either in the mode of saying you were s*** or trying to seduce you.”
Jobs’ anticipated early death:
Much has been recently made about Jobs’ decision to skip surgery for his pancreatic cancer. Isaacson revealed to “60 Minutes” that Jobs “didn’t want [his] body to be opened…[he] didn’t want to be violated in that way.” But apparently, Jobs always had a sense of his shortened mortality. Jobs confided in former Apple CEO John Sculley that “he believed he would die young, and therefore he needed to accomplish things quickly so that he would make his mark on Silicon Valley history.”
“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson will be released on Oct. 24.