One of his motivating passions was to build a lasting company. At age twelve,
when he got a summer job at Hewlett-Packard, he learned that a properly run
company could spawn innovation far more than any single creative individual.
“I discovered that the best innovation is sometimes the company, the way you
organize a company,” he recalled. “The whole notion of how you build a company
is fascinating. When I got the chance to come back to Apple, I realized that
I would be useless without the company, and that’s why I decided to stay and rebuild it.”
Killing the Clones
One of the great debates about Apple was whether it should have licensed its
operating system more aggressively to other computer makers, the way Microsoft
licensed Windows. Wozniak had favored that approach from the beginning.
“We had the most beautiful operating system,” he said, “but to get it you had
to buy our hardware at twice the price. That was a mistake. What we should
have done was calculate an appropriate price to license the operating system.”
Alan Kay, the star of Xerox PARC who came to Apple as a fellow in 1984, also
fought hard for licensing the Mac OS software. “Software people are always
multiplatform, because you want to run on everything,” he recalled. “And
that was a huge battle, probably the largest battle I lost at Apple.”
After my writing day was over, I would go for walks inthe rolling hills of the tea estates.
Unfortunately, the novel sputtered, coughed and died. Ithappened in Matheran,
not far from Bombay, a small hillstation with some monkeys but no tea estates.
It’s a miserypeculiar to would-be writers. Your theme is good, as areyour sentences.
Your characters are so ruddy with life theypractically need birth certificates. The plot
you’ve mappedout for them is grand, simple and gripping. You’ve doneyour research,
gathering the facts – historical, social,climatic, culinary – that will give your story its