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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 3Steve WozniakCofounder, Apple Computer

If any one person can be said to have set off the personal computer revolution, it might be Steve Wozniak. He designed the machine that crystallized what a desktop computer was: the Apple II.

Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in 1976. Between Wozniak's technical ability and Jobs's mesmerizing energy, they were a powerful team. Woz first showed off his home-built computer, the Apple I, at Silicon Valley's Homebrew Computer Club in 1976. After Jobs landed a contract with the Byte Shop, a local computer store, for 100 preassembled machines, Apple was launched on a rapid ascent.

Woz soon followed with the machine that made the company: the Apple II. He single-handedly designed all its hardware ...

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