A few days ago someone sent me an article about Ron Wayne, who, thirty-five years ago, along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founded the company that went on to become Apple Computer.
Here is a link to the article.
Wayne quit the partnership twelve days later.
He sold his 10% share in the company for $2300.00.
The article told the story in fewer than 1000 words and fattened it with another 9000 words of detail and anecdote.
Ron Wayne lives in Pahrump, Nevada, and is the sort of person I have sought out in the last year, an unlikely person with a story.
Wayne is interesting because he is a footnote in someone else’s life.
Subtract out Steve Jobs, and you have someone who chooses to live in an area hostile to life and comfort, uncrowded by people, surrounded by his eclectic collections, earning a supplemental living trading in coins. HIs life is partly driven by his belief that a currency collapse is nigh.
Interesting that the picture that emerges of Steve Jobs since his death is that of a control freak and a ruthless businessman. He died deified for being worth over eight billion bucks.
He was presumed to be a creative genius, but his ability was in how to apply the creative designs of others. I do admire him for what he achieved.
I’ve yet to read anything that portrayed Jobs as a nice man, a loving man, or man with an ounce of selflessness.
I believe he was as he chose to be. I admire him for that and for giving us some of the great adages of our time.
OBTW, Wayne sold his copy of the original contract at auction for $1,600,000.