Apple’s Steve Jobs on Stealing Great Ideas


Here’s Steve Jobs talking about stealing other people’s inventions:


Excerpt: “We … have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”


Steve Jobs and Apple stole the mouse and graphical user interface (GUI) from Xerox PARC and marketed them as the little-known Lisa and the well-known Macintosh.

Bill Gates and Microsoft stole the mouse and the GUI from Apple and marketed them as the Windows operating system.

The mouse and the GUI were great ideas. They created personal computing as we know it.

But, they were invented by the guys at Xerox PARC, not by Steve Jobs and not by Apple.

Apple is a company that was built on the theft of others’ ideas and inventions and the glorification and deification of the theft of others’ ideas and inventions. (see video above)

It is infinitely hypocritical for Apple to now claim to be the white knight protectors of “values” related to not stealing others ideas.

Apple is a former client. I developed applications for Apple and wrote code for their systems. We have owned and currently own Apple products.

As such, it is tragic to see them now invest and innovate primarily  in the courtroom rather than the marketplace.

In that sense, yes, it is all about values. Just the wrong ones.


Learn more by reading: Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age

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