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I just finished listening to a podcast about Steve Jobs that perhaps was more personal and more interesting than anything I ever read about him in a book or saw on a screen. I stumbled upon “Ctrl-Walt -Delete” on Twitter and just spent the most enjoyable 49-minutes hearing Walt Mossberg, Founder of Re/code (recently acquired by VOX Media) and Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge, (also owned by Vox Media) detail why Jobs really changed culture, technology, retail, and entertainment, in ways few of us truly realize.
The focus of the podcast was their reaction to the movie, “Steve Jobs,” by Aaron Sorkin. Both journalists have great respect for Sorkin but say the movie did not represent the Jobs they knew. Jobs was close to Mossberg for years, and often called upon him for his opinion about new product introductions. That relationship morphed into a personal one, even though Mossberg knew and understood why Jobs befriended him in the first place. “I’m not a dope,” Mossberg stated during the podcast.
Mossberg believes if Sorkin wanted to write a fictionalize version of Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, he should have given the movie a different title. He refers to what Orson Wells did with Citizen Kane (1941) which took artistic liberties with the life of William Randolph Hearst.
For Mossberg and Patel, the real injustice of the movie was that it didn’t really focus on the 14 years when Jobs came back to Apple. These are the years they refer to as “The maturing of Steve Jobs.” These are the most important years where he redefined the cell phone, the music player, the tablet, and the Mac computer. He did all this while he ran one of the most successful movie studios, Pixar, and created The Apple stores.
I could go on forever about this podcast but the best read blogs are the short ones. I really encourage you to listen to it because what they have to say about John Sculley, Bill Gates, Steven Balmer, Sorkin’s career, Jobs’ wife and children. They also describe the personal side of Jobs who they claim had the most magnetic personality on stage. It is truly a life lesson for all people starting their careers and for those who want to stay in the game.