Steve Jobs biographer: "Bill Gates was smarter than Steve Jobs by almost any conventional measure"

Steve Jobs biographer:
Walter Isaacson who Steve Jobs picked for his official biographer wrote an extremely interesting nearly 600-page opus on probably the most successful CEO of the century, but let’s face it - Jobs was such a weird person, that it would hardly fit even in that many pages. 

To speak about the iconic Apple chief executive, Isaacson was recently at the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam speaking about Jobs and there were a couple of interesting things and jokes he made that - if you like Apple - you’d find interesting.

The most memorable quote we’d point out was Isaacson’s reaction to the connection between Jobs and Microsoft’s CEO Bill Gates:

"Bill Gates was smarter than Steve Jobs by almost any conventional measure."

The biographer answers this and some other quick questions around the 46th minute in the video, and it’s all preceded by a quick introduction. Check the whole video out below, it’s worth it for those following Apple.


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53 Comments

1. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

true, gates is the smarty pants, jobs was just a good manager, who jinxed the people into buying his I products

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In mine opinion, talking about Apple, Steve Jobs was really good marketing specialist and nothing more, Steve Jobs talks about 'visions' was just a bull s**t! The real persons who saw any real 'visions' and made them come true was people who was working down in the labs!

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Bill Gates probably was smarter but ultimately next to Steve jobs was less blood thristy and less able to effectively advertise. Steve Jobs had a better ability to take control and influence peoples mindset in order to maximise sales of any product. Steve Jobs 'Job' became easier over the years as the icult phenomenon developed and all he needed to do was say 'this is cool' for ifans to buy something

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes they are both geniuses, Bill Gates is the intellectiual with vision on how the PC world would evolve. Steve Jobs was a marketing mastermind who could sell ice to an Eskimo. Both had thier strenghts but Bill Gates turned modern PC's to what they are today. He can see things that others could not & was able to make great business decisions that ultimatly made him the wealthest man in the whole world at one point. Easily Bill Gates was head over heels smarter than Steve Jobs!

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Such dumb comments

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What is dumb about the comments? Your comment is less than desirable!

15. Virile

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

And yours is any different?

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You are kidding me right? Do I really need to explain this to you? OK here I go: My comment #7 was a comment on the topic. My comment #14 was a response to comment #11. Your point is.............. what again? lol

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Virile I am not sure if your comment was directed to me, but if it wasn't then I apologize. If it was then my comment #22 still stands!

49. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Virile's comment was a response to darkkjedi, not yours.

20. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Atleast he's not dum like you....

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

less effectively advertise? maybe in the phone department but MS stomps apple in sales in every other category. nothing is as prolific as the windows OS or the Office suite.

38. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

he was actually ish**p god.

3. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

And he gives his money to charity too.

30. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Apple never gives charity. Apple never gives sponsors

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about Apple, in mine opinion Steve Jobs was good marketing specialist and nothing more.

9. thelegend6657 unregistered

true , but i still like his product more

17. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

True you love his penitentiary echo system!!!!

21. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

It's not even "his product" Steve Jobs initially did not like the idea of Apps, The one thing that even gave the iPhone a place in the smartphone market. and did you really think that Steve Jobs single handedly designed that stupid 2 piece glass iPhone design? If he did he was probably a bigger idiot than I thought.

39. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

very true..!!!

52. thelegend6657 unregistered

Well when you think of Facebook you think of mark zuckerberg not all the people that worked together with him to make the product successful . In how most people see it , apple is Steve jobs product

24. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Open you'r wolly eye's....

31. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Why does thelegends comment get thumbed-down? it's his personal choise! It's like hating someone because he likes fries while you like chicken. Really people, stop the hate! :)

34. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Why doe's it bother you? What's it to you?

51. thelegend6657 unregistered

Htc freak is the best fan droid I ever seen . Btw I like HTC quite a lot too

45. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

no one gives a f**k thats why

16. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I don't think so.... more like He was a kleptomaniac... He was a subversive miscreant He was a malignant person He made Apple divulge

29. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

I think you are WE LIKE THIS YOU JElLIOUS GUY, SO YOU SWITCHED SIDES HUH?

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