Steve Jobs first authorized biography, written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson, is scheduled to hit stores this Monday. Checking in at over 600 pages, the biography is the first-ever book about Jobs' life written with the Apple co-founders consent and heavy involvement. Indeed, in writing the book, Isaacsonconducted over 40 extensive one-on-one interviews with Jobs on topics spanning his childhood in Palo Alto all the way up to his recent resignation as Apple CEO.
With the book launch just days away, certain media outlets have received advance copies of the book and have published a number of tantalizing excerpts.
To wit, the Huffington Post recaps a story about Jobs meeting Obama and matter of factly telling him that he was on a path towards becoming a one term President.
Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost missed meeting President Obama in the fall of 2010 because he insisted that the president personally ask him for a meeting. Though his wife told him that Obama "was really psyched to meet with you," Jobs insisted on the personal invitation, and the standoff lasted for five days. When he finally relented and they met at the Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs was characteristically blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.
"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.
What's more, Jobs reportedly complained about both the guest list and the menu at the now famous tech dinner he had with Obama and a number of other tech executives.
Another tidbit we have regards Jobs' opinion on former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. Per usual, Jobs doesn't mince words and it seems that his opinion of Microsoft and their "lack of taste" hadn't waned at all.
"Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything," said Jobs, "which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."
Biting words, but to be honest, this is hardly the first time we've heard Jobs say something to this effect. Clearly, Jobs didn't tone things down and play nice during the course of helping Isaacson write the book.
Also fascinating is Jobs take on Eric Schmidt and Android. And if you thought Jobs' stance with Obama and on Gates was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet.
In particular, they share Steve Jobs' reaction to HTC's 2010 introduction of an Android phone that shared many features of the iPhone. Jobs told Isaacson that Google's actions amounted to "grand theft."
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Isaacson also notes that Jobs and Schmidt met for coffee in 2009 to try and work things out. The only problem was that Google wanted to smooth things over with money and Steve Jobs wasn't having any of it.
"I don't want your money," Jobs told Schmidt, "if you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."