Hundred pages into this book, I hated Jobs. What an asshole! I even questioned my motivation for reading more of this. Walter describes Jobs in the worst way possible. As a third grader, Jobs destroys his teacher, throws tantrums on his parents and demands them to change the school. Jobs betrays his only friend by not giving him a share of $5000, claiming all the reward for himself for designing a chip he doesn't even have a clue about. Jobs impregnates his high school sweetheart, and instead of taking responsibility, he calls her a slut and tells her that the baby isn't his. I never knew he was such a dick. But, this intrigued me enough to continue. How did he transform from this abrasive person to a visionary?
The book follows Steve's life through foundation of Apple (Take 1), ouster from Apple, short stint at NeXT, Pixar and then Apple (Take 2). It is here where I felt Walter didn't do a good job at explaining what Steve learned through this process. The book didn't do justice to his work at NeXT. The Darwin kernel, which formed the backbone of the Macintosh operating system is a herculian effort. Not having a technical background, Walter might have skipped one of Jobs important contributions. Through this journey, Jobs seems to have learned to be less-of an asshole and started to respect people's decisions (some people).
It was surprising for me to learn Jobs endeavors in India as young man helped him to learn that having intuition is almost always better than intellect. If you look at Steve's life, he knew what exactly to copy. Apple wasn't the first to build a PC, music player, mobile phone or a tablet, but Apple is the first company who got it right. It is this intuition that helped him, he knew what he was looking for.
In the end, Jobs presents an interesting case. Should we all behave like narcissists to make great products by pushing people to the edge and calling their contributions shit? I don't think so. The world is just fine without more of them. Should we try to explore the connections between art & technology and make great products that people would just enjoy using? Yes and I think that's the message we should try to take from Steve Jobs.