Steve Wozniak Biography
Steve Wozniak born as Stephen Gary Wozniak and mostly referred to by his nickname, Woz, is the designer and developer of the Apple I in 1975, which became the computer that launched Apple when he and Steve Jobs marketed it in 1976. In 1977, he primarily designed the Apple II which was known to be among the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer. Rod Holt, an early Apple employee, developed the switching power supply while Jobs was overseeing the development of its foam-molded plastic case.
He is an American national and inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple, Inc. in 1976. Wozniak had a major influence along with computer scientist Jef Raskin, until 1981, over the initial development of the original Apple Macintosh. Jobs took charge of the Macintosh following Wozniak’s brief departure from the company due to a traumatic airplane accident.
In 1985, Steve Wozniak left Apple for good and founded CL 9 as well as created the first universal remote which was released in 1987. He then ventured into several other business and philanthropic ventures throughout his career, largely focusing on tech in K-12 schools. Steve Wozniak is now a Chief Scientist at the data virtualization company ‘Primary Data’ and has remained an employee at Apple over the years in ceremonial capacity.
Steve Wozniak Age
Wozniak was born on 11th August 1950 in San Jose, California, United States. He is 68 years old as of 2018.
Steve Wozniak Family
Steve Wozniak was born and raised in San Jose, California. He is a son of Francis Jacob Wozniak from Michigan and Margaret Louise Wozniak from Washington. The name indicated on Wozniak’s certificate is “Stephan Gary Wozniak,” but Steve’s mother said that she wanted it to be Spelled “Stephen,” which is what he uses. Wozniak has mentioned that his surname is polish and Ukrainian and spoken of his polish descent and says that he is not an heritage expert so he does not know the origin of other people with the Wozniak surname.
He has two siblings: Mark Wozniak and Leslie Wozniak.
Steve Wozniak Education
Wozniak attended Homestead High School and graduated in 1968. He then joined the University of Colorado Boulder but was expelled in his first year after he was caught sending messages on the University’s computer system and he returned to the Bay Area in 1969. This is the time as a self-taught project, Wozniak designed and built a Cream Soda computer with his friend Bill Fernandez.
He later decided to enroll at De Anza College and later he transferred to the University of California, Berkely in 1971. Before joining Apple Steve Wozniak was employed at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where he designed calculators. While at HP, he befriended Steve Jobs and they went on to co-found Apple company. After his career at Apple, Wozniak joined UC Berkeley to complete his degree.
Steve Wozniak Wife
Wozniak has been married four times.His first wife was Alice Robertson whom some sources say that they met through dial-a-joke service and they got married in January of 1976. However, after four years of marriage, the couple got a divorce in 1980.
After his divorce from Alice, Wozniak began dating Candice Clark, a slalom canoe gold-medalist. They got married in June 1981 but got divorced in 1987. Their marriage resulted into the birth of their three children with the youngest being born after their divorce was finalized.
He got married a third time, to Suzanne Mulkern in 1990. Their marriage also ended with their divorce in 2004. Wozniak then got into a another relationship, this time with actress Kathy Griffin, who described him on Tom Green’s House Tonight in 2008 as “the biggest techno-nerd in the Universe.
Wozniak’s relationship with Griffin ended and Steve married Janet Hill, his fourth and current spouse. Mrs. Wozniak is a former employee at Apple and the two got married on August 8, 2008, in California.
Steve Wozniak Children
Steve Wozniak has three children from his marriage to Candi Clark, his second wife. They are Jesse John Wozniak, Sara Nadine Wozniak and Stephen Gary Wozniak Jr..
Steve Wozniak Inventions
On April 1, 1976, Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple Computer (now called Apple Inc.) along with administrative supervisor Ronald Wayne, whose participation in the new venture was short lived. They settled on the name Apple as Jobs had returned from an apple orchard in Oregon. Wozniak resigned from his job at Hewlett-Packard and became the vice president in charge of research and development at Apple. After Apple I became successful, Wozniak designed the Apple II. This was the first personal computer that was able to display color graphics, and BASIC programming language built-in.
Inspired by the technique Atari used to simulate colors on its first arcade games, Wozniak discovered a way of putting colors into the NTSC system by using a $1 chip, while colors in the PAL system were achieved by “accident” when a dot occurred on a line, and up to today he has no idea how it works.
During the design stage, Steve Jobs insisted that the Apple II should have two expansion slots, while Wozniak wanted eight. After a long argument, during which Wozniak had threatened for Jobs to ‘go get himself another computer’, they agreed to go with eight slots. The Apple II became one of the greatest, highly successful mass-produced personal computers in the world.
Apple went public in 1980 to instant and significant financial profitability, making Jobs and Wozniak both millionaires. Apple III, which as released on the same year, was not quite successful as Apple II. Commenting on the issue he said that Apple III had 100 percent hardware failures, and that the primary reason for these failures was that the system was designed by Apple’s marketing department, unlike Apple’s previous engineering-driven projects.
He also had heavy influence in the early design and development of the Macintosh 128K till his plane crash and Steve Jobs took over.
Steve Wozniak Religion
He refers to himself as an atheist or agnostic.
Steve Wozniak Height
He is 5′ 6″ (1.68 m) tall.
Steve Wozniak Net Worth
The Apple, Inc. co-founder has a net worth of US$100 million.
Steve Wozniak Book
- The Official Computer Freaks Joke Book (The Larry Wilde Joke Book)
- Computer Greek to Cult Icon How i Invented the personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple and Had Fun Doing It By Steve Wozniak
- Computer Greek To Cult Icon By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith Kindle Edition
Steve Wozniak Documentary
- Steve jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)
- Camp Woz: The Admirable Lunacy of philanthropy – a 2009 documentary
- “Greeks On Board” a 2007 documentary
- The Secret History of Hacking – a 2001 documentary film featuring Wozniak
- Triumph of the Nerds – a 1996 PBS documentary series about the rise of the personal computer.
- Steve Wozniak’s Formative Moment – a March 15,2016, original short feature film from Reddit Formative Moment
Steve Wozniak Quotes
- My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers. I only started the company when I realized I could be an engineer forever.
- Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.
- Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.
- I have always respected education, which is why I actually went back secretly and taught school for eight years.
- Although I receive a small salary from Apple, I do virtually no real work at the company.
- If I designed a computer with 200 chips I tried to design it with 150. And then I would try to design it with 10. I just tried to find every trick I could in life to design things real tiny.
- When I have spare time I catch up on things I had to postpone due to lack of time. Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged as such.
- In some parts of life, like mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.
- Teachers started recognizing me and praising me for being smart in science and that made me want to be even smarter in science!
Steve Jobs Vs Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs are widely recognized as pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 70s and 80s. Jobs and Wozniak became friends when Jobs worked at HP during summer, where Wozniak too was employed and working on a mainframe computer. This was backed up in a 2007 interview with ABC News on how and when he first met Jobs. He said, “We first met in 1971 during my college years, while he was in high school. A friend said, ‘you should meet Steve Jobs because he likes electronics, and he also plays pranks. So he introduced us.”
Steve Jobs was working for Atari, Inc. in Los Gatos, California, an arcade game company in 1973. He had little knowledge of circuit board design and since he had been given an assignment to create one, he made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee among them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Wozniak was able to reduce the number of chips by 50 using RAM for the brick representation.
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Steve Wozniak Interview
Here is a brief transcript (not complete) of an interview of Wozniak Apple Co-Founder, on CNBC with Arjun Kharpal at Money 2020 in Amsterdam.
Adopted from: cnbc.com
Published: 5 June 2018
AK: Steve, thank you so much for joining. I want to kick off first with Fintech, since we are at Money2020, Fintech and money. What are the big trends for you in this space?
SW: You know the same trend’s being going on for kind of years, I mean you know companies came in like Square to make it easier for certain people to be involved with different procedures in the Fintech community – there was Android Pay then there was Apple Pay did it easy, Apple Pay is so wonderful, the most wonderful thing in my life. Almost every single store I go to I just tap the watch and pay with a watch, no no hassle. And I think that’s changing how people want to do their retail purchasing use of money. When Apple Pay first came out I thought Apple oh my gosh was actually stepping into the banking area in a way, but I don’t understand that business as well to know what is a bank, what isn’t a bank. To me, a bank is protecting my assets and Apple doesn’t have that role. Apple, Apple Pay is more of a transition.
AK: And in line with that trend do you see companies like Apple and other large scaled technology firms actually starting to get more involved in financial services as we go through the years?
SW: Yes I do because we’re talking about huge companies that have huge savings wealth and all that. Ones like, you know, Google and Apple and many others you know absolutely want to find any way that they can extend their prowess, their monopolies into other markets even and becoming a bank rather than just a service centre for banks to operate is probably big and attractive financially, and you need something very huge for those companies.
AK: And so companies like, for example, we’ve spoken about Amazon and Apple and Facebook, these are companies with with millions, billions of users, and so do you see them actually getting into full-scale banking rather than just offering you know a payments system or something else?
SW: I I see them trying to get into full scale banking. A little bit of me says I kind of prefer banking to go in a more of a decentralised fashion to where the users aren’t being at the mercy of the huge huge monopolies, since the way these companies often think, so I trust Apple the most. So there’s that whole idea of trust. Am I really getting service, you know, what I deserve out of these companies. You know, you can even look to companies like Facebook and ask that question.
AK: You spoke about decentralisation, and that’s a key theme of course for for bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and as you look at bitcoin what kind of role do you see it playing in the future of finance, if any?
SW: Right, well I said decentralised and bitcoin is recognised for that. But I was intending my comment to be regards to a lot of banks to choose from and not just, you know, two or three or four major major players like, the tech industry always kind of thinks that way. As far as bitcoin I I think it’s kind of interesting – I’m I also believe so much strongly in mathematics and purity and science as defying the world, and when humans put their own little scales and say no this is how we want to think and not follow the math you get wrong answers in my mind. So, bitcoin is mathematically defined, there’s a certain quantity of bitcoin, there’s a way that it’s distributed, that people who who keep copies of the ledger have a way to get paid a little. And it’s pure and there’s no no human running it. There’s no company running it and it’s just going and going and growing and growing and surviving. That to me says something about something that is natural and nature is more important than all our human conventions.
AK: You previously mentioned that you bought bitcoin at around 700 hundred dollars and then then sold it all because you were kind of tired of watching the price movement. Have you bought any more bitcoin since then at a higher price?
SW: No, my point is I never invested in bitcoin. I was actually a little worried once – all of a sudden the price went up and I had a lot of money in bitcoin, I said wait a minute, I only wanted my bitcoin to experiment, to figure out how to buy things online, figure out how to go to other cities and find hotels and restaurants and places that would take bitcoin, even ATMs. That was my purpose, so once, I sold all of my bitcoin except one, I kept one to experiment with now and I have two Ether and that’s it. So I am not an investor, I just, that was not my purpose at all and I don’t think oh I want to buy more I want to buy more. To some people I had recommended things based upon travels in the world over and over I see bitcoin, blockchain applications used in in Ethereum and sometimes I’ll recognise Ethereum. Ethereum you know is a platform and platforms tend to grow because they’ve got millions of people working on developing you know applications.
…Fantastic, thank you very much for your time Steve.