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Steve Jobs rejected the first health app, or how startups worked in 1977

0. phoneArena 17 Mar 2014, 05:29 posted on

As one couldn't simply whip up a Kickstarter page back in 1977, George Diamond had to pitch his app the old-school way - by phoning Apple in Cupertino. Which he did. A secretary put Steve Jobs on the line, and minutes later, the two arranged a meeting. The rest of the story is best told in the words of Diamond himself...

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posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:43 8

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


You know you're a genius when you can make an app with a calculator

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:26

3. timukh (Posts: 163; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yeah this part struck me too!! Impressive!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:45

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5741; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The calculator handles the probability part. As Diamond mentioned, he ran out of memory with the TI calculator. He then went looking for something with more memory and found the Apple II. The TI 'programming' is analogous to macros in Excel - you record a series of keystrokes that are then played back each time the 'program' is run. Not taking away from Diamond's accomplishment, just clarifying.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:47

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I don't get it

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 15:03

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5741; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If you look at each key on the TI calculator, it performs a certain function depending on whether you press the key itself or in combination with another key ([2nd] + [6] calculates the arithmetic mean or average). The program function of the TI calculator stores a set of key presses. When the program is run, it automaticcally does the key pressing instead of you having to do it each time.

Diamond ran out of memory to store his data + program (key press) instructions, so he went looking for a larger computer and pitched his idea to Steve, who said no thanks.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 20:41

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Thanks for the clarification. Sorry, haven't been to school for a while

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:22 1

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 371; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Two people ahead of their time. Simply admirable.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:50 1

4. boosook (Posts: 989; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Nice story! And I can understand Jobs' answer in this case, regardless of how admirable the doctor's work may have been.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:20 2

5. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


brilliant words spoken from Steve Jobs. both gentlemen were in their own elite class.

still not sure of the title of this article though.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:04 1

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I think Mr. Diamond could use Masa's ambitious soul

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:29

8. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


That quote though. Much awesomeness!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 19:49

11. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


nice !

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