Book Review: Becoming Steve Jobs by Schlender and Tetzeli

I just finished this book and loved it.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary LeaderBecoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you love Apple, you will love this book.
Rather than a biography detailing his chronology, as the Walter Isaacson book does, this book details a very specific time in Jobs’ life: from about the time that he got kicked out his own company to his return and development of himself and Apple.
Although the Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs, was labeled the “official” one, don’t assume that this one was not welcomed by the Apple community. It seems that the authors, who were known to Jobs for many years as magazine writers, had plenty of inside access to the major players in Steve’s life and family, including many conversations with Jobs’ wife, Laurene.
It feels like a more human story than the other mentioned biography (which I also enjoyed) because it focuses on the character development of Jobs while, at the same time, detailing the historical struggles of the company.
It also includes a small story of the development of Pixar, Steve Jobs’ side bet that helped him to become a true billionaire, which I found very interesting.
This book is about personal growth, commitment to a vision, passion and creativity– all very human, squishy topics– in the context of a silicon valley company developing products to change the world– a very technical, hard-edged world, like a live human heart, pumping and giving life to a mechanical, glass and metal box.
Highly recommended.


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