Self has been reading this chapter, rapt, all morning. The drama of the Jobs/Sculley relationship — the twists and turns, the backstabbing, the emotional confrontations, the tears (from both men — Oh, you didn’t know grown men could cry? She assures you — they do! Jobs is only 30, so let’s give him a pass. He’s been kicked out by the Chairman he personally selected. The wound is deep).
When a guy from the facilities team went to Jobs’s office to pack up his belongings, he saw a picture frame on the floor. It contained a photograph of Jobs and Sculley in warm conversation, with an inscription from seven months earlier: “Here’s to Great Ideas, Great Experiences, and a Great Friendship! John.” The glass frame was shattered. Jobs had hurled it across the room before leaving. From that day, he never spoke to Scully again.— Steve Jobs, Chapter Eighteen: NeXT, p. 217
In hindsight, Jobs should have known: Sculley was an East Coast company men. To move from PepsiCo to a company like Apple — both Jobs and Sculley were deluding themselves.
Sculley thought he had won; he was wrong. You do not kick a 30-year-old out of the company he created without dire consequences. First of all, a young man has a lifetime to seek revenge. Second, Jobs was not just any young man: he owned 6.5 million shares of Apple stock, 11% of the company, worth more than $100 million.
One of Jobs’s first hires for his new company was the Princeton grad who had pioneered bulk sales of the Macintosh to educational institutions. Score: Jobs 1, Sculley 0.
Sculley was able to get to Wozniak. He KNEW Jobs would run to his founding partner. Wozniak did not return Jobs’ call. Score: Jobs 1, Sculley 1.