As far as I know, Steve Wozniak doesn’t give many interviews.
So taking a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa for a business conference and then having the opportunity to hear the Woz’s firsthand account of the building of a global brand was more than exciting.
Full disclosure: I love my MAC and I love my iPhone. Two years ago, when my latest mega media PC died after 5 years of nominal use, I decided I needed a MAC. I hadn’t heard any complaints about viruses or obscurity after a few years of use, so it was time to make the investment. I couldn’t be happier. My MAC is easy, which was precisely the point when engineered.
Steve Wozniak is someone who quite literally changed the world.
His engineering brilliance coupled with Steve Job’s marketing and business genius shifted the way we all work, interact, have fun, do research, and now, watch television. But it didn’t happen overnight.
Wozniak was very straightforward in detailing the ups and downs of Apple; the “firing” of Jobs; his relationship with Jobs; and the means of acquiring iPhone technology. Apple was not an overnight success. It took nearly 30 years for it to become the respected brand it is today. A good lesson for any entrepreneur and entertainer to take to heart.
What I loved most about this moment with Steve Wozniak was when he sat down with a 14 year old entrepreneur, Tristan Smith.
He told Tristan to keep doing what he’s doing and he, too, would change the world. Can you imagine what this one moment will mean forever in this young man’s life? It was nice to see people of such stature giving their all to other’s success. This is what the Mega Conference was about.
What a moment I had when I had my photo taken with The Woz and JT Foxx, and I thanked him for doing “the worm” on Dancing With the Stars. Bet nobody else in South Africa did that! That’s entertainment!!