Woz on stage at University of Washington Computer Science department

Sorry that the audio is a bit bad (note to self, when you take audio off of someone’s sound board you gotta test it out — but I had an excuse cause I was on stage and busy).

I just put my interview with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, that I did on stage in front of an audience (that gave Steve a standing ovation at the end). In an hour you’ll hear about a wide range of early Apple history, among other things that interest Woz, like playing Tetris and his music festivals (he’s doing another one). Pranks. Hacking. I mention Phillip Torrone and his TV jammer. Shyness. Building video games. First argument with Steve Jobs. And tons more. You probably have heard lots of these stories, but he tells a few new ones and it was fun. People afterward told me they wished he could go on for a few more hours.

I put this up on Blip.TV to test the video quality and uploading capabilities. This video is more than an hour long. Unfortunately it didn’t keep the wide-screen format of my video. I’m going to talk with Mike Hudack, CEO of Blip, about that.

It’s still amazing to me that Woz designed the entire Apple I and II computers. That’s a feat that probably can’t be done today. At one point I asked the audience how many had Apple II computers. About 60% of the audience raised their hands.

He told how HP turned him down five times cause he wanted HP to build the Apple II computers instead of going and starting his own company. Imagine how different the world would have been if someone at HP would have said “yes.”

Also, he told how an early employee didn’t believe the company would end up being successful so sold his stock holdings back to the company for a few thousand dollars. That ended up being about 10% of the company and now would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

This interview was part of Woz’s book tour for his new book, iWoz, which is most excellent if you want to learn more about how Apple was birthed. On Amazon is has a 4.5 rating, which for a book author is pretty darn good.

Speaking of books, our book, Naked Conversations, is still selling very well. It’s in the top 4,000 on Amazon out of all books (about 1.5 million books). Thank you all for your support!

Comments

  1. Hey Robert, what’s with using a service that only streams Quicktime? Will they have a Flash video stream too if they’re unwilling to do Media player?

  2. Hey Robert, what’s with using a service that only streams Quicktime? Will they have a Flash video stream too if they’re unwilling to do Media player?

  3. OK, OK, I installed Quicktime. But then, Blip wants to download the whole file to my computer before it starts to play it. Heck, if I have to provide space for the whole file on my hard drive, I might as well have downloaded the silly thing so I could play it locally at my leisure.

    Robert, this isn’t working so hot, Robert? ROBERT!!

  4. OK, OK, I installed Quicktime. But then, Blip wants to download the whole file to my computer before it starts to play it. Heck, if I have to provide space for the whole file on my hard drive, I might as well have downloaded the silly thing so I could play it locally at my leisure.

    Robert, this isn’t working so hot, Robert? ROBERT!!