Andy Hertzfeld’s take on “Becoming Steve Jobs”

Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team, has an interesting take on the biography Becoming Steve Jobs.

Becoming Steve Jobs distinguishes itself by emphasizing a narrative of growth and change, depicting “the evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader.”

...In my opinion, their central thesis is simplistic and trite. A reckless upstart can be a visionary leader — in fact, they’re usually the best kind. Of course Steve matured and gained wisdom and insight as he grew older — most people do. “Visionary leader,” the thing he purportedly became, is an apt description of his role on the Mac team in 1981. Ed Catmull suggests that Steve learned to value teamwork by observing the incredible team at Pixar, but in truth his entire career was built on deep collaborations, starting with Steve Wozniak and the Apple II and then with the original Mac team, where he participated in an intense collaboration with more than a dozen passionate colleagues.

Andy makes a good point. I do think that sometimes an author can get a central premise in mind and - often unconsciously - build a story to fit. Any way, I recommend reading Andy's take.