Wozniak calls Apple garage origin ‘a myth’

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Garage in Los Altos, Calif., that Steve Wozniak now says played only a small role in Apple's early days.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has done this kind of thing before, debunking – or at least degrading -- a slice of Apple lore.

In 2011 he told me that the well-established date of Apple’s founding -- April 1, 1976 -- was actually “murky” to his mind, meaning not that he didn’t recall but that he didn’t agree.

And now he’s told Bloomberg that the quaint “founded in a garage” tale – a staple for many a startup besides Apple – was less than it has been portrayed in his case.

From a Washington Post account:

“The garage is a bit of a myth. It’s overblown,” Wozniak told Bloomberg BusinessWeek on Thursday. “The garage represents us better than anything else, but we did no designs there. We would drive the finished products to the garage, make them work and then we’d drive them down to the store that paid us cash.”

He added: “There were hardly ever more than two people in the garage and mostly they were sitting around kind of doing nothing productive.” They quickly outgrew it, Woz said.

Not every startup does so, of course, witness this 2010 story from The Onion: “Computer Company Started In Garage 30 Years Ago Now In Smaller Garage.”

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