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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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29 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: 6 Votes
29 months ago
It got awkward when Ellison asked to be addressed as "Sir Lawrence Ellison, Lord of Hawaii."
Rating: 6 Votes
29 months ago

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


Don't you mean the PIXAR guy?

Rating: 5 Votes
29 months ago
"So...uh...like, do you remember, uh, Steve Jobs?"

"Yes."

"He was awesome."
Rating: 5 Votes
29 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: 4 Votes
29 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: 4 Votes
29 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: 3 Votes
29 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.


Between his attitude, his product portofolio and the ubiquity of his company, yes, I'd say he's pretty much a legend. Guy is the Steve Jobs of Enterprise IT. You love to despise him, yet you can't help but use his products and the competition is years behind.
Rating: 3 Votes
29 months ago

Random question, but why is this repeatedly referring to him as Dr. Ed Catmull. First, I don't think Macrumors generally singles out those with doctorates, and I don't think the site is going to start calling all attorneys doctors. Is it just a bot thing or what?


Dr. Ed Catmull with his Ph.D. in Computer Science is a pioneering Computer Scientist in Computer Graphics. His studies in mathematics and physics were put to good use with a Ph.D for CS.

Z-buffering and many other innovative ideas have all become reality.

Renderman being one of them.
Rating: 3 Votes
29 months ago
When Larry was relating the tail of the peacock, I could almost hear the words from Steve himself. It was eery and a little bit wonderful.

The last WWDC keynote did its task but it was overshadowed by Steve's absence. I miss the passion.
Rating: 3 Votes

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