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Steve Jobs Has No Problem Telling You What He Thinks

Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPNSteve Jobs' penchant for bluntness is legendary.

In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion. This made Steve Jobs the Mouse's largest shareholder and gave Jobs a seat on the Disney board of directors.

According to Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, a book about ESPN (which is owned by Disney), at the first board meeting after the acquisition, the president of ESPN thought it would be a good idea to introduce himself to the newest Disney board member:
“I am George Bodenheimer,” he said to Jobs. “I run ESPN.” Jobs just looked at him and said nothing other than “Your phone is the dumbest f**king idea I have ever heard,” then turned and walked away.
John Gruber at Daring Fireball notes the phone in question is this one -- a phone on which ESPN and Disney wound up losing $135 million. For context, Disney acquired Pixar in early 2006, so the iPhone was certainly under active development at that point.

Earlier this year, two shareholder advisory firms questioned Jobs' position as director at Disney, noting that he missed more than 75 percent of Disney board meetings for three out of the past four years.

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41 months ago
Surprised he used that many words.
Rating: 39 Votes
41 months ago
Looks like Steve has some mental problems as well. Seriously, all the other guy did was introducing himself? :eek:
Rating: 36 Votes
41 months ago
Steve Jobs is like a kid that doesn't have any regard to social norms when talking to adults, but with good ideas.
Rating: 28 Votes
41 months ago
Well, can't blame Steve Jobs for being awesome.
Rating: 21 Votes
41 months ago
Steve Jobs, not giving a flying fk to social norms.

And we love him for it!
Rating: 19 Votes
41 months ago
I read the quote and just started laughing when thinking about the look he probably had on his face when Jobs said that to him.
Rating: 19 Votes
41 months ago
And with that kids, not a single ;) was given that day.


Earlier this year, two shareholder advisory firms questioned Jobs' position as director at Disney, noting that he missed more than 75 percent of Disney board meetings (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703921204576217113353944774.html) for three out of the past four years.


Yes ladies and gentlemen. The CEO of the worlds most valuable tech company was too busy to attend board meetings about theme parks and childrens movies. I think he deserves a pass; just this once.
Rating: 18 Votes
41 months ago

Looks like Steve has some mental problems as well. Seriously, all the other guy did was introducing himself? :eek:


Well, at least he is sort of a jerk. An amazingly creative and talented jerk - but a jerk nonetheless.

But when you have a bazillion dollars, you get to be a jerk.

Excusing his behavior by pointing out that he is a genius is ill-considered.

Being a genius is not an excuse for being an *******. (See: Bobby Fischer)
Rating: 18 Votes
41 months ago

Steve Jobs, not giving a flying fk to social norms.

And we love him for it!


"We"? Who appointed you as spokesperson for the world?
Rating: 16 Votes
41 months ago
That phone was a horrible idea, I never even saw anyone with one, total failure
Rating: 14 Votes

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