The book is full of insight into what made Steve Jobs…Steve Jobs. Pre-orders for Steve Jobs: A Biography spiked after Jobs passed away, hitting number one on Amazon‘s sales chart. The book will be available in hardcover, audio and ebook formats.
We’ve included some selections below and even based on these brief moments, it’s easy to see why anticipation for the book is high.
“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,” Jobs said after HTC released an Android phone in early 2010. “I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.’’
His disease and treatment:
“I really didn’t want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work,” Jobs said.
The situation at HP:
“Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands. But now it’s being dismembered and destroyed,” Jobs said about HP’s recent decision to discontinue operations for webOS devices. “I hope I’ve left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple.’’
“Bill [Gates] is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” Jobs said.
On being ousted from Apple in the 80’s:
Jobs calls the crop of executives brought in to run Apple after his ouster in 1985 “corrupt people” with “corrupt values” who cared only about making money. Jobs himself is described as caring far more about product than profit.
He told Isaacson they cared only about making money “for themselves mainly, and also for Apple – rather than making great products.”
Life and death:
“We all have a short period of time on this earth,” Jobs said. “We probably only have the opportunity to do a few things really great and do them well. None of us has any idea how long we’re gong to be here nor do I, but my feeling is I’ve got to accomplish a lot of these things while I’m young.”