This book is a riveting look inside the life of the revolutionary entrepreneur – Steve Jobs. After reading this book, I consider Steve Jobs the ”Henry Ford” of our era. The book’s author – Isaacson, does not hold back on the personal, relational, and entrepreneurial struggles and triumphs of Steve Jobs. From his many interviews of friends and competitors, Jobs’ life is out there for all to see and make their own decision about Jobs.
This book took me down memory lane as I lived through the last 30 years when computer technology started to where it is today. Much of the long-trenched static innovation was disrupted in by Jobs – music industry, personal computers, animated movies, book publishing, newspapers, etc. It is a testament to a strong desire to take charge of your life.
A few character traits that I adamantly admire is Jobs’ steadfast devotion to purity, his reality distortion field where nothing was impossible (he was the master of his reality), and his blunt candor, and his presentations at MacWorld; he saw the world in binary terms – black or white, awesome or shit.
One last takeaway – on page 337: (Jobs) ban(ed) PowerPoints. “I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking…People who know what they are talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”
One more thing – here is the video of the Stanford commencement speech…very good