Yeah, It would have been far more smarter for Apple to sort of let me work on the next…
I volunteered why not I start research division, you know give me a few millions bucks a year and I would go hire some really great people and we would do the next great thing.
And I was told there is no opportunity to do that.
So my office was taken away, it was it was…
I mean I will get really emotional if I keep talking about this.
So anyway … but that’s irrelevant, I am just one person and the company is a lot more people than me, that’s not the most important part,
the important part was the values of Apple over the next several years were systematically destroyed.
I then asked Steve for his thoughts on the state of Apple.
Remember this was 1995, a year before he would go back to Apple.
Remember too when Apple bought NeXT a year after this interview, Steve immediately sold the Apple stock he received as part of the sale.]
Apple is dying today, Apple is dying a very painful death, it's on a glide slope too, to die!
And the reason is because …you know when I walked out the door of Apple, we had 10 years lead on everybody else in the industry,
Macintosh was 10 years ahead.
We watched Microsoft take 10 years to catch up with it. Well, the reason that they could catch up with it was because Apple stood still.
I mean the Macintosh shipping today is like 25% different than the day I left!
They spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year on R&D, you know total of probably 5 billion dollars on R&D.
What did they get for? I don’t know!