Since leaving Apple, the innovative business he co-founded with the late Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak has stayed absorbed in technology while also pursuing other interests.
Aside from his main work, Wozniak has also appeared as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009 and as a guest star on “The Big Bang Theory” during its fourth season.
He is now taking part in the internet video series “Unicorn Hunters,” which evaluates the plans of would-be company founders hoping to amass a fortune of $1 billion or more. On the judging panel with Wozniak are Rosie Rios, a former U.S. Treasurer, and Lance Bass, a member of the boy band NSYNC.
Wozniak, who is 71 years old, wants to come back for season two of “Unicorn Hunters.” He was interviewed not long ago by The Associated Press to talk about the performance and the state of technology.
- 1 Why did You Decide to Watch “Unicorn Hunters?”
- 2 Your Thoughts on Today’s Technological Landscape.
- 3 Is it Possible that Elizabeth Holmes’ Recent Conviction will Alter the Way Business is Done in Silicon Valley?
- 4 Did You and Steve Jobs Feel Pressure to Exaggerate During Apple’s Formative Years?
- 5 “How do You Rate the Startup Pitches on “Unicorn Hunters?”
- 6 “What do You Believe are the Most Exciting Trends in Technology?”
Why did You Decide to Watch “Unicorn Hunters?”
The call came from a good buddy who I trust a lot, which caught me off guard because I don’t consider myself to be part of the financial community as much as the technological community.
She’s a great producer who landed me a spot on “Dancing with the Stars,” one of the best experiences someone can have.
What I find fascinating (about “Unicorn Hunters”) is all the cool stuff that nobody else seems to know about yet.
Your Thoughts on Today’s Technological Landscape.
There have been a lot of positive developments, in my opinion, that have greatly improved your life.
Consider the rise of IoT devices such as home security cameras, video doorbells like the Ring, smart locks, smart bulbs, and voice-activated digital assistants like Siri and Alexa during the past decade.
Is it Possible that Elizabeth Holmes’ Recent Conviction will Alter the Way Business is Done in Silicon Valley?
I don’t think badly of her as other people do, like she’s a bad person. Never have I been. I figured that when you’re just starting out in business and you’re trying to do good in the world but maybe you’re running into some technological challenges, it can feel like the impossible is actually impossible.
Oh my goodness, I could see how she’d have to start covering it up to keep the company going so it could do some good. From that perspective, I can see it, too. Consciously misleading others is wrong. However, I believe that her intentions were good. She’s not my type if she’s driven mostly by financial concerns.
The proposal must have the potential to improve the lives of many people around the world without being motivated just by financial gain.
Many would-be business owners have a flawed mentality that goes something like this: “I’ll go into this entrepreneurship thing, and after I start one firm, I’ll be able to afford a house in San Francisco, (then) I’ll do my next company, and my next company.” It’s really just a money-making formula. That’s not me, and it’s not something I enjoy.
Did You and Steve Jobs Feel Pressure to Exaggerate During Apple’s Formative Years?
Our 1977 Apple II computer was light-years ahead of the competition, and everything else was perfect. Since we were so far ahead of the competition, they were all trying to do what I had already accomplished five years earlier.
“How do You Rate the Startup Pitches on “Unicorn Hunters?”
When evaluating them, I attempt to put myself in Apple’s shoes and ask, “What if Apple were up there making a pitch in the first days?”
And while it may appear, “So, whoa, this notion will go anywhere,” major IT firms aren’t fully convinced. When those apples are there in front of your eyes, how do you even begin to notice them?
“What do You Believe are the Most Exciting Trends in Technology?”
The newest fad will always be around. There were many successful businesses born out of the “Internet of Things” craze. Afterward, they began to merge into one entity.
When it’s accessible to investors, when fresh college grads with fantastic ideas can launch a company, that’s when it’s at its best in my opinion. That is something that piques my curiosity.