The biography “Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, “according to the life of the founder of Apple, who died in 2011, reaffirms an important part of the executive’s personality: even in his last days, with the experience accumulated over over 56 years of life, he still held a grudge against many people and companies.
Below is the list of “tantrums” that Jobs kept until his last days of life, as raised by VentureBeat:
Singer Neil Young: The artist had criticized the sound quality of the music distributed by iTunes, which deeply offended Jobs. When Young tried to remedy the situation by sending some vinyl records to the Apple CEO, the response was heavy: “F…. Neil Young. And f …… his albums. You can have them, ”Jobs replied to one of the messengers who brought the gift to him.
Disney CEO Michael Eisner: The two were engaged in tense negotiations over the distribution of digital content. The grudge remained even after Jobs got what he wanted from Disney. “Eisner became a word for him,” says the book.
Jean-Louis Gasse, former Apple executive: He would have told John Sculley, Apple’s CEO at the time, that Jobs was trying to get him out of the company in 1985, which led him to leave the company he founded. Thanks to that, “even with the passage of a quarter century, Steve still snarled every time the French name came up,” says the biography.
Adobe co-founder John Warnock: The unwillingness with Adobe and the very famous Flash. The company was a big supporter of Apple, but Warnock eventually started favoring Microsoft and Windows instead of the apple. When the company started to recover, it refused to support Flash on the iPhone and iPad, in addition to publicly criticizing the lack of Flash innovation.
Jon Rubinstein, another former Apple executive: He held a high position at Apple and played a key role in the creation of the iPod, but left the company when he felt that he was not part of Jobs’ “clique”. A year later, he became CEO of competitor (and late) Palm. This generated a short but angry call from Jobs, after which the two never spoke again.
Google: Another famous tantrum. The two companies were very close, and Eric Schmidt, one of Google’s top three executives, was on Apple’s board of directors. However, the arrival of the free Android operating system infuriated Jobs. He considered Google’s software a cheap copy of iOS and felt betrayed by his former partners. As a result, a legal battle was launched against Android, which remains today.