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The OSX & Apple we know now was influenced by Ross Perot
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: July 10, 2019 09:56AM


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After Steve Jobs was booted out of Apple in the mid-1980s, he invested his own money in starting a new company called NeXT. NeXT was profiled in a 1986 TV series, entitled The Entrepreneurs. While the NeXT episode didn’t set the world on fire (the New York Times described it as being about “heroes of American capitalism” sitting around and taking endless meetings), it did win Jobs an important investor.

Ross Perot was then a 56-year-old businessman. He had started out his career at IBM, before founding his own data processing company, Electronic Data Systems, which made him rich. Perot saw the episode of The Entrepreneurs, featuring Jobs. He reportedly phoned Steve and told him, “If you ever need an investor, call me.” Jobs then gave Perot a tour of NeXT’s factory in Fremont, California, where he planned to build the computer.

Perot initially invested $20 million in NeXT in exchange for 16% of the company. This was massively overvaluing NeXT. It also helped save Jobs’ bacon. While he had a sizable personal fortune, Jobs couldn’t afford to endlessly bankroll a company that was burning through cash.

Perot’s faith in NeXT helped the company pick up further investments. Ultimately, NeXT was a flop. Its computers never sold like Jobs or Perot had thought. But it was an immensely significant part of Jobs’ life. He learned skills at NeXT which helped transform him into the CEO who later turned Apple around. It was also at NeXT that Jobs oversaw the development of an OS which he later sold to Apple. Without Perot’s investment and support, there’s a chance that none of this ever happens.




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Re: The OSX & Apple we know now was influenced by Ross Perot
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 10, 2019 10:09AM
...and without NeXT, does Tim Berners-Lee still invent HTML (and the subsequent world-wide-web as we know it)?
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Re: The OSX & Apple we know now was influenced by Ross Perot
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: July 10, 2019 11:19AM
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pdq
...and without NeXT, does Tim Berners-Lee still invent HTML (and the subsequent world-wide-web as we know it)?

We still would have had Gopher!
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Re: The OSX & Apple we know now was influenced by Ross Perot
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 10, 2019 01:43PM
You know, I always did like Ross.
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