Steve Jobs is 'the greatest technical leader ... in our lifetime,' says Steve Wozniak

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It’s a lofty claim, but surely not one that many would disagree with. And Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was so steadfast in his belief that resigning Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a technological marvel, he repeated his praise twice during an interview with Bloomberg West‘s Emily Chang and Cory Johnson. First labeling Jobs as “the greatest technical leader we’ve ever seen in our lifetime, at least,” Wozniak later amped up his statement: “He’s always going to be remembered as probably, maybe for the next 100 years, the greatest business leader — at least technology business leader — of our time, ever.”

During the interview (see video here), Wozniak talked about how proud he was just to be associated with Jobs, who co-founded Apple with Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. “I admire him,” Wozniak said. “I brings a smile to me just that I knew somebody that important in improving our lives.” But the Apple co-founder — who was “shocked” to hear that Jobs was resigning — doesn’t have an answer as to exactly why Jobs is leaving the company. “I’m a person who would never ask even close friends of mine about their personal life,” he said. Still, Wozniak expects Jobs to “watch [the company] for awhile and hope it’s on the right track.”

Along with discussing how Jobs changed the industry — what with iTunes and his insistence that Apple release only top-quality products — Wozniak talked about Jobs’ personality during Apple’s early days (seen here, above left), labeling him “fast-moving. Like, maybe a version of ADHD.” Jobs did, however, have one goal back in those days: “He wanted to be an important person in the world,” Wozniak said.

Mission accomplished.

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  • annasophia

    You have a misspelling in the headline… “techinical” ?

  • Marcy Runkle

    This is all true. I’m amazed at how many of my Apple-hater friends have been bashing Jobs on Facebook since this announcement. It just makes me sad. There is no other company that has moved the zeitgeist the way that Jobs and Apple have in the last 10+ years. I couldn’t care less if the ads are cocky – this company is the real deal. Innovation defined.

    • Gigity

      Selling overpriced crap to idiots willing to overpay isn’t innovative.

      • Juls

        While it may be overpriced – it isn’t crap. Look no further than to Microsoft if you’re looking for crap products. Vista was a disaster. And the upgrade to Windows7 to get rid of Vista – well over $100.

      • Lyle

        “Overpriced crap” that all of Apple’s competitors attempt to copy. See the iPad, if you want the most recent example. It’s interesting that Apple’s products are “overpriced,” yet all the iPad wannabies have had difficulty matching the price points of the iPad.
        The only idiots are mindless Apple-bashers who exist in perpetual denial of Apple’s innovativeness.

      • Gigity

        Vista was bad. Lion is infinitely worse.

      • David

        Why is Wozniak even in headlines nowadays? He co-founded Apple back in the day when it was a complete failure. It wasn’t until Jobs came back and completely changed the company in the late ’90′s when it was failing hard. Wozniak had zero influence during that period and is completely irrelevant to Apple’s success. I personally can’t stand Apple as I think it’s ethics and operational conduct rivals that of Satan but still, Woz being associated with Apple today bugs me :)

      • HM

        Clueless moron.

  • J.Norman

    “He’s always going to be remembered as probably, maybe for the next 100 years, the greatest business leader — at least technology business leader — of our time, ever.”

    Wozniak is biased in this observation / opinion, but he’s not very far off from the truth. Bill Gates will probably hold that title, but Jobs is definately a #1A.

    • Juls

      But Bill Gates doesn’t invent things – he takes things that already exist and adds to them. That is the difference between Gates and Jobs.

      • David

        HAHA… clearly you don not know that Apple OS is based off Unix. Jobs took Unix (which is free and open source) and built Mac OS off it. As far as I can tell Jobs only improved existing tech, such as smart phones, mp3 players, and tables, which were all widely used long before Apple came along.. Do some research before commenting apple minion…

      • Channing

        If I remember correctly, Apple didn’t start to base its OS on Unix until OS X, which means the first nine iterations — plus the various point updates — that ran from 1984 until OS X’s debut in 2001 were proprietary.

  • Audrina Morrison

    Steve Jobs’ adopted mother is called Clara Jobs (née Hagopian). She is Armenian. A lot of people don’t know that.

  • Psac

    He’s technically not “leaving the company”, still will be Chairman, but stepping down from CEO position. Bad reporting.

  • Liz

    Well, he is right.

  • JeniT

    I’m praying for him. I hope he gets better. He’s a visionary who insisted that the final product would match the vision. Almost wasn’t good enough, and “being realistic” wasn’t good enough. I’ve been in the computer business since the late ’80s. At various times I’ve worked for two of Mr. Jobs’ companies. The bar is always higher when you work for him. And, I love my ipod and iphone. I’m still looking forward to what he wants to create next. I want him around for a long time.

  • Julian

    Michael Jackson is music
    Steve Jobs is technical innovation. People like these dont come around but once in our lifetime

  • Gigity

    That would be Bill Gates. Also the world’s greatest sharer of wealth with the needy. That’s one thing you never hear of Jobs. He takes all that money and does nothing charitable with it. Good riddance to that scumbag.

  • wgalvira

    All of those poor investors and board members must be having a nervous brake down. I wonder if any of those poor helpless souls are contemplating suicide. I mean , how will they manage to put food on the table after today?!

    • wgalvira

      Steve Jobs may be a nice guy. But his company isn’t about being nice at all. People need to wake the Hell up and beware who they idol like saints and heroes and why.

      • wgalvira

        Hopefully the Apple ‘s saintly board of directors can figure out how to get more slaves around the world to make the board and the stockholders more money and more money at others expense.

  • Leesa

    So Wozniak and Jobs are still on good terms? I thought there was bad blood there…

  • Tamal

    Wozniak’s always been a class act. Both have them have grown and matured through the years.

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