“I don’t really care about being right, you know, I just care about success…”
Back in 1995, Steve Jobs was leading the way at his company NeXT after a firing from Apple ten years previous. At the time, Jobs’ personality had begun to hit top form with his hallmark visionary charisma married with assertive wit and it was perfect timing for Bob Cringely’s TV series ‘Triumph of the Nerds‘ to capture him.
Only snippets of the hour-long interview were aired in the original series and the rest was thought to be lost in the archives or destroyed. With an awesome twist of events the world will soon (May 11) be able to enjoy the entire ‘Lost Interview’ experience with a man that many of us miss. The tape has been digitally remastered using modern technology and gives unprecedented insights into an era that eventually stimulated the unprecedented explosiveness of Apple Inc.
In the interview Jobs talks about his pioneering days with Steve Wozniak, when they built a Blue Box and phoned the Pope; how they — “two guys who didn’t know much” — assembled the first Apple computer and went on to found the Apple company. “I was worth around a million dollars when I was 23, over 10 million dollars when I was 24 and over 100 million dollars when I was 25 — and it wasn’t really important!” Jobs recalls the visits he made to Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and how it inspired the making of the Macintosh, the world’s first modern PC, when he was “on a mission from God to save Apple.” He talks frankly and sadly about his enforced departure from Apple and explains what he is doing at NeXT (which he would soon sell to Apple and whose software would then be at the heart of the first iMac’s operating system). Finally in spell-binding terms, he offers his vision of a digital future — a world of wonderful products created by artists and poets.
It is an interview that reveals the burning passion of Steve Jobs, a passion that would go on to give us the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. As a tribute to an amazing man, Landmark is proud to be screening Steve Jobs — the Lost Interview.