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article image'Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy'

By Alexander Baron     Dec 17, 2011 in World
Steve Jobs died October 5. This is the BBC's potted one hour biography of the co-founder of both Apple and Pixar: the man, his vision, and his massive contribution to this new age.
It is possible to debate who is the most brilliant, the most innovative, or even the most dedicated man in the world of computers, but there is no debate over who was and remains the most loved.
This one hour documentary, which includes contributions from among others Steve Wozniak and World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, traces Jobs from the hippy drop out in Silicon Valley to the innovator of numerous Apple products.
Anyone who thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the second coming of Bill Gates hasn't seen the mega-wealthy Jobs sitting on his living room floor in a house almost totally bereft of furniture. [A review of the BBC documentary on him can be found here].
There is a lot crammed into this documentary, and it pulls no punches, including of the ruthless streak Jobs had which enabled him to fire people on a 25 second elevator ride, but without a certain degree of ruthlessness, no one can ever succeed in business.
Jobs is probably best summed up in the challenge he issued to the supremo of a certain soft drink company. Did he want to sell sugar water for the rest of his life “or come with me and change the world?” John Sculley did go with Jobs, and they did change the world. You can go with him too if you can watch this on BBC iplayer. If not, watch out for it on YouTube.
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