Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Woz on innovation
Today I had the pleasure to meet personally Steve Wozniak, one of the co-founders of Apple Computer Inc. It's clear from listening to him and reading his book that he worked extremely diligently on electronic design and to a lesser extent computer programming around the time of the birth of the mini and then the personal computer. He was genuinely innovative as an engineer always priding himself on improving on the way others had addressed the same problems by thinking different. It's also clear that one of the lessons of innovation success is often exquisite timing; being in the right place at the right time with whatever ideas come about. Woz certainly managed that. But it was nice to meet someone for whom the engineering achievement seemed genuinely much more important than fame or fortune.