Jobs and Gates: Apple and Microsoft


Steve Jobs - Bill GatesThe late 20th Century became the birth of the Computer Age, and on into the 21st Century, two men stand out in the world of computer technology: Steve Jobs (Apple/Mac) and Bill Gates Microsoft Windows). Both started in humble beginnings, Jobs being a more Hippy like individual, while Gates was a classic Nerd. Both would become one of the wealthiest men in the world. Of course, the 21st Century ushered in the Nano Age and these two pioneers have been a part of that as well.

In a 60 Minutes interview, Jobs was asked about how he fashioned his business model, which he stated:

My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.

In terms of politics, Jobs was a progressive, living in an apartment building in New York City (1982) where Demi Moore, Steve Martin, Stephen Spielberg and daughter of Rita Hayworth (Princess Yasmin Aga Khan) owned apartments. Although Jobs had spent years renovating the apartment, he never moved in and sold it (2002) to U2 singer Bono. Jobs was a Democrat donor and slept in the Lincoln bedroom of the White House when Bill Clinton was President. In a biography of Steve Jobs, according to its author, Walter Isaacson, one late night Jobs got a phone call from Bill Clinton who asked his advice concerning the Lewinsky scandal. Jobs advised him that if the affair were true, “you’ve got to tell the country” … there was silence on the other end of the line.

In August of 2011, Jobs announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO. Although worth millions in shares, he only accepted $1 per year for his CEO position on the board. Six weeks later Jobs died from complications of pancreatic cancer. Both the Apple Corporation and Microsoft flew their flags at half-staff as well as Walt Disney World and Disneyland from October 6th to October 12th, 2011. Despite rumors and media hype, Jobs and Gates were not personal enemies and their professional competition was friendlier than believed. In an Apple corporate website, a simple eulogy was displayed with a grayscale portrait of Jobs, which read:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

His reputation and grief of his passing was worldwide and a statue of Jobs was erected at Graphisoft Park, Budapest.

The following has been floating around the email circuit, that Joan B., Illinois passed to me and I pass to you. The photos are from the Fifth Dimension: All Things Digital Conference in 2007, when Steve and Bill had a good chat together. The author of this humorous photo strip’s dialogue is unknown and I thought I would pass someone’s wit to you:

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 Here is the video the humor was taken from:

Part 2

A good video about Steve Jobs …

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