Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs, remembers how Jobs always had a knack for taking new product ideas to market.
Speaking at GovTech last month, Wozniak recalled the fun and excitement of the early days of the computer industry and how many of the technologies we take for granted today simply didn’t exist back then.
Jobs and Wozniak met in the early 1970s, both college drop-outs and both with a passion for the exciting new world of technology.
At that time, Jobs was working for gaming company Atari and Wozniak was working for HP, part of the team responsible for the hugely successful handheld calculator.
Having built his own computer at home, Wozniak describes how he and Jobs realised that many other people would like to own their own computers, and so the Apple 1 was born as a kit that would let enthusiasts put together their own computer.
He recalls how the fledgling company received on order to build 500 PC boards and had to borrow the money to buy the parts that would allow them to fill the order. Within days, the 500 boards were assembled in Jobs’ parents’ spare room and sold for cash to a local electronics store.
Wozniak tells how he worked on the engineering side of product development, while Jobs took on the strategic role of finding investment and taking products to market.
The young company made a number of innovations in those early days and was largely responsible for driving down the cost of computing to make it available to the mass market.