Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has remained immersed in expertise whereas additionally pursuing divergent pursuits since his 1985 departure from the revolutionary firm he began with the late Steve Jobs.
Wozniak’s aspect initiatives have included competing on Dancing With The Stars in 2009 and a visitor look on Big Bang Concept throughout its fourth season. Now he’s collaborating in an internet video present referred to as Unicorn Hunters that assesses concepts from entrepreneurs vying to construct startups doubtlessly value $1 billion or extra. Wozniak sits on a panel of judges that features former US Treasurer Rosie Rios and NSYNC singer Lance Bass.
Wozniak, 71, plans to return for a second season of Unicorn Hunters. He just lately mentioned the present and expertise panorama with The Related Press.
Q: What attracted you to Unicorn Hunters?
A: I’m type of shocked as a result of I’m not actually within the monetary group as a lot because the technical group, however the name actually got here from pal that I belief loads. And he or she’s producer that even bought me on Dancing With The Stars, one of the crucial enjoyable issues you could possibly ever do. What intrigues me (about Unicorn Hunters) are the fascinating new issues that different individuals do not even find out about.
Q: What do you suppose of the present state in expertise?
A: I feel loads has been occurring that basically enhances your life. Over the past decade, take a look at the web of issues, the cameras we put in our home, the Ring doorbells, the completely different locking methods, and controlling your lights, and talking to the non-public assistants like Siri or Alexa.
Q: Do you suppose the current conviction of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes will change the tradition of Silicon Valley?
A: I’m not a lot completely down on her, like she is a prison. I by no means have been. I believed if you begin up an organization, and you might be on the market making an attempt to do one thing good, and perhaps you run into technical difficulties, generally the inconceivable seems to be inconceivable. And, oh my gosh, I might perceive how she must begin simply type of overlaying it up simply to maintain the corporate going to have an opportunity to do some good. And I can see it from that angle. It isn’t proper to deceive and lie knowingly. However I feel she was actually simply making an attempt to do one thing good. If she was motivated an excessive amount of by cash, then she’s not my kind.
To get the fervour, the drive, the thought ought to achieve this a lot good for the world, and it shouldn’t be pushed by cash. Too many individuals simply suppose, “I’ll get into this entrepreneurship factor and as soon as I begin one firm, I can afford a home in San Francisco, (then) I’ll do my subsequent firm and my subsequent firm.” And it’s just a formula to make money. I don’t like that, that’s not the way I was.
Q: Did you and Steve Jobs ever feel like you had to stretch the truth during Apple’s early days?
A: No. Everything was gold and our Apple II computer (released in 1977) was so far ahead of the competition in years that we had no worry. We were so far ahead of what other people were trying to do, they were trying to do something I had already done five years before.
Q: How do you assess the startup pitches on Unicorn Hunters?
A: I try to think, when you are judging them, “What if Apple was up there making a pitch in the earliest days?” And it might appear, “So, whoa, this concept will go someplace,” however the huge pc corporations do not even actually imagine in it. How would you see these Apples when they’re proper in entrance of you?
Q: What do you suppose are essentially the most fascinating traits in expertise?
A: There may be all the time the newest fad. The web of issues was a giant fad, and turned out plenty of nice corporations. After which they type of consolidated. I prefer it when it is open to funding, when it is open to every kind of individuals with nice concepts, simply out of universities and need to have a startup. I’m inquisitive about that.