Steve Wozniak is a legend in many people’s eyes, but certainly in the adoring gazes of 5,000 people at this week’s WeAreDevelopers tech conference in Vienna that ends this afternoon.
This idolatry and fandom mean that Woz could just circle the globe talking to utterly engaged audiences and blithely talk about his days at Apple and his relationship with Steve Jobs.
Wozniak, however, is not yesterday’s man, he is as relevant as he ever was and (as his interviewer for this event and at a previous event in Beirut at the end of 2016) I like to think I know more than some.
While it is true that he was flying by private jet to his next engagement in Kazakhstan immediately after the waltz through Vienna and his life is glamorous, he dazzled his audience in spite of this writer’s so-called difficult questions.
It is on much public record that Steve Jobs was Apple’s marketing face and Woz the backroom genius, but at this event Woz sounded like a better salesperson than Jobs ever was.
Espousing the value of Apple’s cloud and all things Apple-related, Woz regaled his audience with anecdotes and advice, not least his formula on being happy.
These are good times for Apple after recent ‘missteps’ by Facebook and Google, something that Woz was clearly aware of. He talked about finally renouncing Facebook, not for privacy reasons, but for more cultural intentions.