Steve Wozniak Explains the Difference Between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Steve Wozniak Explains the Difference Between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

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Steve Wozniak recently explained what he thinks is the biggest difference between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates on a press call for National Geographic Channel's new 'American Genius' episode that pits the two technology figures against each other.

Wozniak said that Jobs had "a very futuristic forward vision, almost a bit of the science fiction, 'Here’s what life could be,' but Bill Gates had more of an execution ability to build the things that are needed now, to build a company now, make the profits now, in the short-term."

"I think that was the biggest difference between them," he said.

Wozniak also noted that while Jobs may be the more celebrated figure in the rise of personal computers, Gates was the one who understood how to make money.

"You really need the vision like Steve Jobs had, but the vision doesn't go anywhere if you try to jump in and build products before they are cost effective for what they do, return on investment is there," he said. "It was during the time of the Macintosh that the world market grew 10 times and Apple did not go up with it."

The National Geographic Channel will air 'American Genius: Jobs vs. Gates' airs on Monday, June 1st at 9PM.

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Steve Wozniak Explains the Difference Between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Steve Wozniak Explains the Difference Between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
oneeye - June 1, 2015 at 4:33pm
They both marketed "other's" ideas and innovations,i.e. Xerox. And all of the individuals who created transistors, microprocessors, minature circuits...Woz is the true inventor/innovator.
Nat - June 1, 2015 at 5:02pm
Up until 2007!
DavidS - June 1, 2015 at 6:01am
I like Woz, having met him a few times, and respect his intelligence, insight creativity and humor. But I cant help but think he might have overlooked the fact that while Jobs introduced the Macintosh it was Sculley and others who failed to take the Mac to it's full potential. Sculley pursued the business market trying to build machines that could compete with IBM. This was the terminal replacement market. eg Airline reservation terminal and the like. Sculley threw out the consumer, his "we are not in the games market" was the end of consumer software for Apple (II & Mac). It wasn't Jobs who was at Next
Nat - June 1, 2015 at 10:50am
Even without them back then, those Macs still could do anything possible.
JoeKnows - June 1, 2015 at 12:27am
Woz invented the Apple. Jobs saw the potential. Gates had a lawyer for a dad that would help him when he stole QDOS and lied to IBM about having an OS for them. Gates had his people strew bugs in DOS so that third-party applications would fail and be buggy compared to his Office Suite of products.
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