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Monday, October 02, 2021

This may have occurred to me before, but the recent release and review of “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It” by Steve Wozniak opened my eyes to a strange parallel:

Both Apple and Microsoft were founded by pairs of partners: Steve Jobs and Wozniak for Apple, Bill Gates and Paul Allen for MS. Coincidental, but not necessarily noteworthy.

But for all the comparisons and contrasts made between Jobs and Gates, consider the similarities between their respective co-founders. Both Wozniak and Allen started out as tech renegades, providing inventive energy for their respective partnerships. Both helped launch their companies, then left the companies they helped build only a handful of years later. Both opted to “do their own thing”, although that represents widely divergent pursuits (for Wozniak, it was business/inventive/educational tinkering; for Allen, it was mostly making even more money). Over the long term, both men have been overshadowed by their former partner, although by the same token neither faded away into obscurity.

The Woz and Paul Allen: Separated at birth? Not so much, but at least kindred spirits.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/02/2021 10:24:57 PM
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