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What Do Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak And Brad Pitt Have In Common?

Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dec 13, 2017

You’d be right to think Steve Wozniak and Brad Pitt are unlikely to share much in common. Steve Wozniak, fondly known as The Woz, is the pioneer of the personal computer revolution, a philanthropist and the tech entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Inc, along with Steve Jobs and Brad Pitt is, well, a Hollywood movie star.
But it’s the question we put to Woz during our exclusive interview at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, and the answer is nothing short of extaordinary.
To find out more, click above to watch our interview or read our transcript below.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computers in 1976

Here is a transcript of our exclusive video interview with the incredible Steve Wozniak.

Robyn Foyster: Hello Steve Wozniak and welcome to Australia. It’s a pleasure to interview you.

Steve Wozniak: Yes and from Geelong, I’ve never been here before.

Robyn Foyster: And you’ve got a bit of a relationship with Australia. Tell us about that.

Steve Wozniak: Well, first of all, I intended a long time ago to become an Australian citizen if possible. And I took out a family residence visa. I can’t live here at the moment because I’m travelling the world a lot speaking and addressing groups and you can’t kind of live far from the world. But I’m on the way. And my son lives here and my first grandchild, my only grandchild is an Australian.

Robyn Foyster: We all know what you have in common with Steve Jobs as the co-founders of Apple, but not many people know what you have in common with Brad Pitt. Tell us about face blindness.

Steve Wozniak: Yes, I have prosopagnosia and I cannot form memories of faces.

If I see you tomorrow I won’t know I’ve ever seen you before, unless you have st

Strange hair, certain clothings, a voice that I can recognise. A lot of people have this but you never know as it never know unless it shows up as an outstanding thing. It’s really funny but I had an air crash once and if I knew people before the airplane crash I can see them40 years later and I instantly know who they are. So I can identify faces. I just can’t form new memory.

Steve Wozniak and his wife Janet
Steve Wozniak and his wife Janet

Secondarily, you can usually figure stuff out. Now if my wife were here and I didn’t expect her to be I might not recognise her. I might think maybe that’s Janet.

Robyn Foyster: Tell us what you were like as a young boy.

Steve Wozniak: Firstly, I was identified as a math wizard, I had an over 200 IQ when I was very young. My parents didn’t tell me, didn’t make a deal out of it and I’m so thankful to them. But you know what we are all born curious. I think my parents pretty much let me do my own thing. If I wanted to try something out and experiment, they helped. And science projects were huge thing in my life. Every science project I ever worked on back till when I was very young, I remember well. I did ones that were huge and amazing and I didn’t realise it but at that time nobody knew the things I knew about computers when I was ten years old.

Robyn Foyster: What would you tell your younger self?

Steve Wozniak: Be exactly who you are. Be who you are, follow your dreams and that’s what I did.

Robyn Foyster: Inventing the personal computer, what was your original aim?

Apple one
Steve’s computer, the Apple One

Steve Wozniak: Well, I had wanted a computer for myself ever since high school or just before that. So all of a sudden I had a useful computer that I could type programmes in. If there was a puzzle in a toy store, I could type in numbers/programmes that would solve the puzzle for me. I had my heart’s dream for the rest of my life with that first computer, which became the Apple One. And it was a little proof computer. With the second one (the Apple II), I had a history of games, video arcade games, they were coming into being. They were black and white. They took a year to design. And I designed my computer to also be a game that was the first time ever be in colour. The first time ever they were in software, so a nine year old kid to type in if they were in vertical or horizontal positions and draw things and make things move on a screen. That was a huge step for gaming and that was fun. That’s part of my formula for Happiness. H = S – F. Happiness equals smiles minus frowns.

H = S – F. HAPPINESS EQUALS SMILES MINUS FROWNS

And I developed that when I was about 20-years-old when your brain is solidifying for the rest of your life. And I said that I’m going to do things that are going to entertain me. Games, movies, puzzles, music, and you know making jokes. Frowns. That was a tougher one. I’m not going to argue with people because you have a chance to walk away from people unhappy. I’m not going to care about things when things go wrong I’m going to focus on being constructive and do the best to move forward now. Move right again. If the car gets dented, huh, go get the car fixed. Cars get dented, you know. Some people are oh, wrecks their life or something.

Steve Wozniak with the Apple II
Steve Wozniak with the Apple II

Robyn Foyster: It’s been fantastic to interview you and meet such an incredible Game Changer like you and thank you very much.

We would like to thank the Pivot Summit for organising our interview. This is the first of two video interviews. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Editor

Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com. She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.

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