Apple-1 History?

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sat Dec 9 17:41:56 CST 2006

On 9 Dec 2006 at 12:12, Martin Scott Goldberg wrote:

> "In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs formed the Apple Computer Company
> to sell Wozniak's computer, which they named the "Apple 1".  Although it
> required the users to provide their own cabinet, power supply, keyboard
> and video monitor, it didn't require a seperate terminal as other
> computers of the time did.  A simple BASIC interpreter could also be
> loaded with an optional casette interface.  Although it required a fairly
> technical user to complete the system and make it usable, about 200 Apple
> 1's were assembled in Jobs' garage and sold in the first year."

Someone needs to mention that Jobs and Wozniak also got a very sweet 
deal when they needed venture capital.  Within a few years, the 
picture would change dramatically, with VC's requiring a majority of 
seats on the corporate board, large shares of the profit pie and veto 
power on any strategic decision--including seeking more venture 

By about 1985, VCs had gotten very greedy and probably were 
responsible for the death of several startups.  I was hired as a 
consultant to VCs for several of them to see what might be salvaged 
from a tilt-up filled with office furniture and incomplete production 
inventory.  Inevitably it was after the engineering staff had been 
laid off, so record of any potentially valuable intellectual property 
ended up in the dumpster.  The rest was usually auctioned off.

Woz and Jobs were in the right place at the right time.


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