So last night I watched The Lost Interview with Steve Jobs…and holy shit is this thing amazing/depressing. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll give you some background on the movie….and since I don’t feel like typing it out, here’s the movie info from Rotten Tomatoes.
“In 1995, during the making of his TV series Triumph of the Nerds about the birth of the PC, Bob Cringely did a memorable hour-long interview with Steve Jobs. It was 10 years since Jobs had left Apple following a bruising struggle with John Sculley, the CEO he had brought into the company. At the time of the interview Jobs was running NeXT, the niche computer company he had founded after leaving Apple. During the interview, Jobs was at his charismatic best – witty, outspoken, visionary. In the end, only a part of the interview was used in the series and the rest was thought lost. But recently a VHS copy was found in the series director’s garage. Now, cleaned up with modern technology, and put into context by Cringely, the entire interview will be screened in Landmark Theatres.”
So this guy sees his first terminal at like age 12…not even the whole computer, just the terminal. By 21, he is making $1,000,000 and running Apple. At 15, him and Woz (who was 20 at the time I believe), were making Blue Boxes and selling them so that people could call long distance for free. These two used a computer to figure out the specific tones that the phone companies used at the beginning of a call to connect from one ‘computer’ to another. It’d be like if you listened to some guy at an ATM punch his numbers in, and then built a handheld device to make those same exact sounds…..at 15. At 15, I was still playing hockey in the street and feeling bad ass if I saw a rated R movie.
This dude made $1,000,000 at age 21….$10,000,000 at age 24…..and $100,000,000 at age 25. By the way, when he was 25 it was 1980….$100,000,000 in 1980. WTF. I gotta say though, it was awesome to watch. Especially when you kind of already know what happens next, and you see him sitting there telling you how exactly the internet was going to change how people used computers. Amazing documentary, and the guy was a genius. But shit, at 21 I was getting hammered every weekend, and this guy was making $1,000,000 and running a computer company.
If you want to check it out, look for it on Netflix. It’s a little over an hour long.