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Dr. Ed Catmull and Larry Ellison Remember Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was a frequent guest at All Things D's annual D Conference, appearing six times with D hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. After he passed away last year, Swisher and Mossberg felt it was important to have a session honoring Jobs and his legacy.

They asked Dr. Ed Catmull, who worked with Jobs for years at Pixar, as well as Larry Ellison, the legendary CEO of Oracle who was one of Jobs' closest friends, to appear and reflect on Jobs' life.


Dr. Catmull also did a separate one-on-one interview with Kara Swisher. He discussed the history of Pixar, computer animation, and shared some fascinating stories about his experiences working with Jobs at both Pixar and Disney.

Image courtesy Asa Mathat/All Things D

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28 months ago
The insight on the brick and mortar seems off to me. What Steve knew was that Apple had great products that people had to get their hands on to touch and see how beautiful they were and how they worked. As an Apple fan for a long time I can tell you that time and time again I heard sales people at Best Buy and other retail stores bash Apple over and over. "There is no software etc" Yes Steve wanted to build an iconic store that rose to the level of design of the products, but he also wanted to be able to represent the products directly without untrained and biased sales people maligning the brand. Combine that with top notch technical assistance, training, and service and he had success.
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago
It got awkward when Ellison asked to be addressed as "Sir Lawrence Ellison, Lord of Hawaii."
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago
Did no one in the audience have even one question they could think of for either Ed Catmull or Larry Ellison at the end? Shame on them if so.
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago
"Legendary" CEO?

Larry Ellison has fallen into the realm of legend now? I can just picture him standing next to King Arthur and Beowulf.
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago

I remember Steve Jobs. Wasn't he that Apple guy?


Don't you mean the PIXAR guy?

Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago
"So...uh...like, do you remember, uh, Steve Jobs?"

"Yes."

"He was awesome."
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago
I remember Steve Jobs. Wasn't he that Apple guy?
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago

Did no one in the audience have even one question they could think of for either Ed Catmull or Larry Ellison at the end? Shame on them if so.


Yeah. The guy who practically invented 3D computer graphics as we know them today, and the guy who just got his ass handed to him by Google in court. I would've had a ton of questions.
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago

Well, I would not quite go that far.
Steve had a very narrow minded elitist view of the world and only preached to the top layers of the community.

Seeing him speak to high students about how they must individually strive to be the best, as he thought everyone should, be inventing things, starting companies and doing all they can to be high fliers.

Really Steve well, that's all dandy.

So tell me Steven who is going to empty your trash can, maintain the sewage plant so your toilet takes your waste away, clean the streets for you, and even assemble the products nice and cheap for you?

Oh, you mean those people that you don't think exist in the world?

If everyone followed Steve's advice the whole world would grind to a halt.
If it was not for the people he was not interested in, then there would be no Apple.


What's wrong with inspiring high school students? It would be silly if the crowd he was trying to inspire were 60 year olds, but not HS students.

Sentimental nonsense. Let Steve RIP. People need to let go.


It's generally customary to allow a year for people to mourn and reflect on so,eone's passing. Why are you so rushed to forget him?
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago
Jobs is so loved.
Rating: 4 Votes

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