Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
No way to prove this one way or another…
But I suggest to you that both Steve's personalities -- one of bulldog bluster, and one with nerdy naïveté -- were the perfect combination to create the Apple Computer.
From what I know (and observed) at that time:
- No tech engineer but Woz would have tolerated Jobs
- No one but Jobs could have motivated and targeted the energies of Woz
- and then there was Mike Markkula -- with the business acumen and sensitivity to catalyze the two Steve's abilities and make Apple into a viable business
I agree with all your points but I'd like to propose a what if
scenario: What if they had never met?
We know Woz was a brilliant engineer, he likely have continued to work at HP, and likely still be one of the many multi-millionaires that came out of Silicon Valley at that time. But would he be a household name? I think it's much less likely without Jobs.
Now Jobs is a more tricky because his character embodies the entrepreneur which is no different than an explorer or adventurer in business. He is the risk taker. He is a thrill seeker. He is a gambler. He may have found another brilliant engineer and still started Apple or some other company that became just as successful. That part of this personality allows him to not require Woz but other talented people in many other fields in which to focus his will into a reality.
Regardless of whatever scenario may have been I'd quite happy to live in a timeline where Woz and Jobs did make history and Apple has pushed the rest of the world in creating better products for 4 decades.