A highly anticipated biography of Steve Jobs has revealed his true feelings about rival Bill Gates.
A new biography on the life of Steve Jobs is due to go on sale later this month. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both reveal their true feelings about each other to biography author Walter Isaacson. Gates says that he found Steve Jobs “fundamentally odd” and “weirdly flawed as a human being,” according to The Huffington Post, who obtained a copy ahead of an official release. Gates also revealed Jobs was “either in the mode of saying you were shit or trying to seduce you.” Gates praised Jobs’ ability to figure out how technology works and bring it to the masses. “He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works,” he said.
Steve Jobs was far more blunt about his feelings towards Bill Gates however. He once said that Gates would be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger,” indicating that he felt Gates was different to his “think differently” attitude. Jobs’ most stinging assessment of Gates comes in his biography:
“Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.”
The pair have competed over many years and clearly have a mutual respect and understanding of each others work. Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO, passed away on October 5, aged just 56. Bill Gates was amongst the first to extend his condolences to Jobs’ friends and family. In a statement, Gates said he would “miss Steve immensely” after explaining the “profound impact Steve has had.” Here’s some highlights (video below) of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the All Things Digital D5 conference in 2007.
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