David Kirkpatrick: Steve Jobs Was Energetic, Confident, And Uncompromising

It’s been a sad twenty-four hours.

This afternoon, I sat down with longtime technology journalist David Kirkpatrick — who wrote The Facebook Effect and founded the Techonomy conference — to talk about Steve Jobs. Kirkpatrick met with Jobs many times throughout his career, and he had some insightful anecdotes to share on how Jobs conducted himself both at NeXT and during Apple’s resurgence over the last decade.

Steve Jobs
Pixar, NeXT, Apple

Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple and formerly Pixar.

Steve Jobs was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin to Joanne Simpson and a Syrian father. Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California then adopted him. In 1972, Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California and enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. One semester later, he had dropped out, later taking up the study of philosophy and foreign cultures.

Steve Jobs had a deep-seated interest in…

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David Kirkpatrick is Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, a cleantech and positive impact venture capital fund with $45 million under management and offices in Durham, NC and New York, NY. SJF focuses on rapidly expanding cleantech, technology enhanced services, clean energy and consumer products firms, has 20 portfolio companies, and was founded in 1999. SJF assists and invests in enterprises across the U.S. with unique innovations that positively impact the world and have strong…

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