The reporter who knew Jobs best discovers a trove of forgotten interviews
Rummaging through a storage shed after Steve Jobs’ death, Brent Schlender came across a few dozen interview tapes he had made during 25 years of covering Apple’s co-founder for the Wall Street Journal and Fortune. Some were as long as three hours. Some had never been transcribed.
Schlender drew heavily on those recordings to produce Fast Company‘s May cover story about Jobs’ so-called wilderness years. He makes a strong case that this middle period was, in fact, the most pivotal of Jobs life:
Schlender’s story is lively, persuasive and rich with reportorial gold. I’ll tease you with just two quotes:
On Apple’s (AAPL) management after Jobs was ousted:
On the organizational design of Pixar:
There’s lots more where that came from. You can read the full story on here or, starting Thursday, on Fast Company‘s new iPad app.
A couple weeks after Jobs died, Schlender wrote a lovely reminiscence for Fortune. You can read that story here.