‘To Pixar and Beyond’ paints intimate portrait of Steve Jobs at work

“After his death, Steve Jobs became mythic,” Leander Kahney writes for Cult of Mac. “He’s remembered as an asshole and a technology seer: a Tony Stark-like figure who could uniquely divine the sci-fi future, conjuring magical products from whole cloth almost single-handedly.”

“He’s also seen as infallible: a business and technology genius with powers of divination beyond those of us mere mortals,” Kahney writes. “But To Pixar and Beyond, a new book by Lawrence Levy, the former CFO of Pixar, paints a very different picture.”

Kahney writes, “The book paints an intimate portrait of Jobs at work.”

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  1. “Have you ever thought about what it means to be intelligent? Like you meet your friend and he’s pretty dumb and maybe you think you’re smarter, and you wonder what the difference is? I’ve thought about this a little bit myself and one of the things it seems to me is memory, but a lot of it is the ability to sort of zoom out. Like you’re in a city and you could look at the whole thing from about the eightieths floor down at the city, while other people are trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B reading these stupid little maps. You can just see it all out in front of you, you see the whole thing, you can make connections that just seem obvious because you can see the whole thing.”

    “Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography.”

  2. Apparently, Steve Jobs is beyond the comprehension of even academics. ALL the movies and most of the books about him have been lazy, resulting in getting him profoundly wrong. I hope this new author bothered to care about his subject.

  3. Just finished reading the book. Thoroughly enjoyable. I recommend it highly. It is not so much about Steve as it is about a life journey told by someone close to him, professionally and personally. It is tangential to Steve.

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