At least in his early years, Walter Isaacson’s biography portrays him as so.
I didn’t really write anything about Steve Jobs death last month and that was for a reason. I had never seen him in person, talked to him or even received an email from him. I didn’t know the guy and whatever I knew of him was public information and so I refrained from adding my two cents. However, I did want to know more about him and was thus looking forward to reading the book about this seemingly magnificent person who changed things for all of us.
Luckily, I managed to find some time during Eid holidays last week and finally started reading Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs. I am about a quarter into the book and while I am enjoying the book, I am not necessarily liking the personality of Steve Jobs- at least not during his early years. I’m at the point in the book where the Mac is officially launched and so far, Steve Jobs has been portrayed as a total nutcase.
He didn’t treat people with respect, didn’t value others opinions and event stiffed his business partner Steve Wozniak out of the bonus check he had received for getting him to complete a project earlier than it was due. He also broke down and cried when things didn’t go as per his plan in the corporate world.
However, it is also his desire to achieve perfection and simplification in everything he did that revolutionized the way we use computers and smartphones. His charisma and dedication also brought out the best in is his employees- things they would have possibly never achieved had it not been for him.
There are quite a few interesting facts in the book- not just about Steve Jobs but also of the industry as a whole and I recommend anyone with a passion for technology giving it a go. Walter Isaacson has also written biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Einstein. Does Steve Jobs qualify to be in the same league as them? I don’t think I can answer that, but he does appear quite eccentric in his biography- a characteristic shared by many other geniuses.