STOCKHOLM, Sweden — STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Imagine scrolling through your collegiate commencement photo’s when you run across your classmate “Rocky The Raccoon Clark,” only to discover in the later part of your life, that he was actually one of the most Iconic Tech Innovators on the Planet? That was just one of the marveling folk tales that Apple Innovator and Co-Founder Steve Wozniak shared during his Keynote Speech at the Nordic Business Forum at the Waterfront Congress Center in Stockholm. Moderated by Seth Godin, he opened up about his early childhood days and the early life at the tech corporation that revolutionized the way we use devices – Apple Inc.
“Motivation is far more important than knowledge,” said Steve Wozniak from the stage at the Nordic Business Forum.
He admitted that his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps as an engineer, funnelled him towards the field – in front of an audience that included leaders from 19 different countries.
“I thought, if I’d become an engineer, and a really good one,” Steve implied. I’d always have a job. ”
His passion for engineering was jumpstarted by his father who’d take him to different events, leading him into teaching himself to build and create computers – before they’d even hit the market.
“It was something that I could visualize,” he said. “Then I’d figured out how to do it, building it myself.”
Steve would go on to share some of his best pranks as a techster, before moving on to California – Berkley where he’d earn a BA in Electrical Engineering under the alias ” Rocky Clark.”
Also, the computer he had designed and helped build in a garage had evolved into Apple Computer Inc., the firm that launched the desk-top computer industry and made Wozniak an estimated $100 million.
He had decided to stop working for awhile after a plane crash followed by a spell of amnesia, and said, “Life is about Happiness,” he explained. “Happiness = Smiles – Frowns.” Wozniak carried out the duty of putting on what would become the US Festival.
His innovative ideas, where just beginning to make an impact on the world. He’d later create “The Floppy Disk” after not initially being selected to attend Las Vegas with Steve Jobs and some others from Apple noted Wozniak.
” Honestly I wanted to go to Las Vegas,” he explained. “The company could only afford to take 3 persons and I really wanted to go. So I raised the idea and put it together in just two weeks time. It was capable of sending direct information to and from the device which had never been done.”
Apple Inc, which today had a revenue of US$229.234 billion in 2017, saw success within its first 2-3 years mentioned Wozniak. He later explained to an audience that also featured live stream that his reasons for engineering were simply based upon good merit.
“I did it because I wanted to bring good computers to the world,”said Steve Wozniak. ” I could also work on and show off my engineering skills.”
During the Question and Answer session, Wozniak noted that he has found interest in self driving vehicles and believes it could be a new force for the future of technology during the Nordic Business Forum, with the motto “Lead Lean.”
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post
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