• 05.11.12

Listen: Steve Jobs On The Payoff Of A Great Employee

In this exclusive audio clip, Steve Jobs reveals “the secret to my success.”

Journalist Brent Schlender drew from dozens of conversations with Steve Jobs from over a quarter century of reporting to make the case that Jobs’ so-called “wilderness years,” his time between Apple stints, were some of his most formative.


For the first time, we’re offering some of those snippets online. In this clip, from June 1995, Jobs says the difference between using good hardware can be a 2:1 difference for a company. But the difference between a company with superb programmers vs. average ones is 25:1, he says, adding, “That’s probably … certainly the secret to my success. It’s that we’ve gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people.”

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