Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, enrolled as a computer science main on the University of Colorado Boulder in 1968. And he most likely would have earned his diploma there if the freshman hadn’t gotten crosswise with a professor.
Yet, had “Woz” stayed, there most likely could be no Apple I computer, or the revolutionary Apple II, or the Macintosh and the whole lot else that adopted within the Apple lineage, together with the iPod, iPad, iTunes, and the transformational iPhone.
“It all started at the University of Colorado,” mentioned Wozniak, who would be the keynote speaker on the Aurora Economic Development Council’s annual A-List occasion, which takes place Jan. 17 on the newly opened Gaylord Rockies Resort.
Wozniak, in a cellphone interview, mentioned he took an introduction to computer systems class in Boulder and obtained an A+. Looking for a problem, he took on a harder graduate-level course and commenced creating extra complicated packages.
“I ran a class five times over its computer budget,” Wozniak mentioned. “The professor acted like I was out to get him.”
Although CU lore mentioned he ran pranks, Wozniak insists he was doing severe programming.
Thanks to Wozniak, and the non-public computer revolution he helped launch, computational energy grew to become low cost and plentiful. But back then, it was expensive and doled out sparingly.
Wozniak estimates he consumed round $50,000 in computing time, measured in right this moment’s . That was excess of the price of out-of-state tuition, and his professor was threatening to make him pay up.
“I was scared to even try to go back,” he mentioned of the dust-up.
Wozniak moved back to California and finally enrolled on the University of California Berkeley. A buddy, Bill Fernandez, informed him in 1971 he ought to meet a excessive schooler who shared his love of expertise and enjoying sensible jokes, in accordance to a narrative from Business Insider.
That youthful child was Steve Jobs. The pair hit it off and began Apple Computer in 1976 utilizing a private computer design Wozniak had developed. With Wozniak’s smarts and Jobs’ expertise in advertising and product design, the 2 introduced computing energy to the plenty.
Although Wozniak left Apple in 1985, the corporate he helped launch crossed $1 trillion in market worth in August, though it has since dropped to $727 billion.
Wozniak mentioned he holds no grudges in opposition to the University of Colorado. Two of his youngsters went there. He funded a scholarship there and has gone back to communicate on campus. His daughter calls Colorado Springs her dwelling.
After 10 years at Apple, Wozniak left the corporate and went back to full his diploma in 1986 at Berkeley beneath a faux identify. In 1989, 20 years after he first enrolled, CU Boulder awarded him an honorary diploma.