One Opportunity, One Question What should we ask Steve's old roommate?
Posted 27 October 2011 - 04:17 PM
Without going into too much detail before it's even eventuated, I have a pretty wonderful interview prospect on the horizon scheduled for 8am tomorrow (2pm Cupertino time, if that gives you a little clue).
I don't know if I have seconds or minutes to ask the questions I really want answers to on Apple, Steve Jobs and how the whole journey began.
So I'll turn this to you and ask that you submit some questions you would ask if you has once chance to find out something about the man behind the brand.
What do you most want to know?
I'll be checking in all night in the lead up to tomorrow, help me out guys – I know you'll all have suggestions on board.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:33 PM
As Ken said its a bit open ended, from the 500 odd pages i have poured through so far in the Walter Isaacson biography there is a plethora of little anecdotes for us fan boy's & girls to enjoy.
The premise so far is "on Apple, Steve Jobs and how the whole journey began"
We kind of know that know from the book and mountains of information already published.
For me, if i could ask something, it would be related to Siri....the history and projected future, where we speak to our computers and there is no need for key boards.
I hope i am not off on another tangent here, i have that tendency to read things wrong and fly South instead of going North
Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:59 PM
For my part, Grace, I'd like to know if it was those early ashram/drug-taking days that shaped Steve's view that computers could and should be used as a tool for good.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 08:04 PM
How much input did Steve Jobs actually have in designing a product. Surely there are some pretty incredible people within Apple who came up with some of the product ideas. It wasn't only Steve Jobs?
What do Apple think about all the rumors leading up to the release of a product.Do they follow the rumors and perhaps use some of them as inspiration to help design a product?
These are just some questions you can ask if you like. Feel free to modify them of course.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 08:48 PM
I also want to find out the sorts of experiences and thoughts Steve considered during his time in India, because it is following this sojourn that Apple was created.
Daniel Kottke has agreed to an interview tomorrow, the same guy who shared a room with Steve at college, travelled with him to India, and then returned some months later to build Apple I in a garage. Kottke was also one of Apple's first employees.
Something that has always intrigued me is the connection between Apple and its consumers. There's a psyche that exists here, unlike any other.
But of course, beyond this train of thought I wanted to ask you what you want to know about Apple and Steve –.be it marketing, leadership, the early years or enterprise and branding.
What about his most annoying habit or favourite pizza topping?
Sky's the limit!
Posted 27 October 2011 - 08:57 PM
Was Steve really such a food Nazi? Was he a pain to live with?
Was Woz around at the time you shared? What was he like? What was the connection between him and Steve?
What was your role at Apple?
How revolutionary was the Apple I? Did you know you guys were changing the world?
Did Steve ever speak about his biological dad and Syrian heritage?
Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:07 PM
The influence of the Maharaj-ji (Neen Karoli Baba) on both of them whilst in India, the diets, religious dogma, Daniel's interpretation of this, we know from the book so far the acid trips were quiet frequent, but in India there wouldn't have been any LSD readily available
so did this have any positive / negative outcomes prior returning to the USA and starting off Apple inc?
Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:05 AM
More wine and some acid Grace that will get the interview rolling...
Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:22 PM
"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy" - Steve Jobs
Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:45 PM
Ken Gracey, on 28 October 2011 - 04:38 PM, said:
Last acid you dropped mick was when you were filling your car batteries water level
Well, Ken I am not going to incriminate myself here on the forum, but I have seen a few square pieces of blotting paper
In my time......
Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:27 PM
Daniel is a great guy, very laid back and completely candid. One thing that I sensed very strongly was his affection for Steve. And this isn't something I expected when you consider they had quite the falling out many years ago over stock shares, promotion and, ultimately, his leaving Apple..
Daniel also talks about Steve being adopted and the sorts of therapy he underwent to try and deal with it, plus a few scandalous tidbits about girlfriends and some good old-fashioned rivalry.
I had no idea how long I would have him on the phone for, but I asked him most of the questions I set out to.
I only hope you guys like it and that it gives you another insight, that you normally may not have the opportunity to hear.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:57 PM