Intuit’s Bill Campbell on Steve Jobs, Leadership

Eye of the Needle by David Needle (bio)

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When it comes to Silicon Valley’s tech scene, Bill Campbell has seen it all.

He was an executive vice president at Apple in 1980s where had a front row seat for the famous Steve Jobs, John Sculley schism that ended with Jobs resigning from the company he co-founded.

“That didn’t work out too well,” Campbell deadpanned during his onstage appearance at last week’s AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford.

He currently is an Apple board member and says of Jobs, who is also a neighbor and friend:

“He has personal idiosyncrasies …. But there is not a thing he does that is not perfect. He won’t do it if he can’t manage it. He cares about every pixel on the screen and surrounds himself at Apple with people that believe the way he does.”

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