Launched last November, Formative is a web mini-series created by Reddit and Google Cloud Platform that "aims to explore one defining moment in a person's life." The first seven episodes included guests such as YouTuber Casey Neistat and GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, among other various entrepreneurs.

In the final episode of the show, which launched today, the spotlight shifts to the formative moments of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's life. The video opens with Wozniak stating that "the garage is a myth," correcting the mythology that Apple really began in the garage of Steve Jobs' parents house. The myth angle regarding the now-historical garage is a point that Wozniak has been championing for a few years now.

"The garage is a myth, it is accurate to say we had a humble start. And when you have a humble start, and you have no money, your friends from high school are the ones doing it with you and you're in your house. We never once discussed a product in the garage, never conceived of a product, never talked about features of a product in the garage. We did them a lot of other places, but people thought we had a garage with people sitting around in it."

The rest of the six-minute video shifts to focus on Wozniak's upbringing and the influences that led him to co-founding Apple Computer with Jobs. Due to the analog-focused times, Wozniak mentioned that he never thought he could create a career out of designing for digital computers but he "stuck with it," eventually leading to his work at Hewlett Packard and transition to working for Apple full-time.

Check out all the videos in the Formative series on Reddit's YouTube channel.

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Top Rated Comments

makingdots Avatar
90 months ago
Woz without Jobs = Programmable Universal Remote, Wheel of Oz company that shutdown in just 5 years, etc

Jobs without Oz = NeXT, iPod, iMac, iPhone, iPad.. From an almost bankrupt company to the most valuable/wealthiest company in the world.
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ThomasJL Avatar
90 months ago
What a wonderful video! It is a potent six minutes.

Woz doesn't get as much credit and recognition as he so richly deserves.

In addition to being a genius creative tripe, Woz is also a genuinely friendly person. I've had the pleasure of meeting him, and he is a humble and kind gentleman.
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ZipZap Avatar
90 months ago
Jobs was not a nice guy period. Screwing over your friends and employees is nothing to be celebrated or admired.

Woz was just the first...many followed.
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rrm74001 Avatar
90 months ago
It would be nice if he created something as radical today as he did back in those caveman 1970 years with very little money and resources. I guess he just got burned out with technology. He had maybe a good 10 year run and that is it.
And what has been your radical contribution to the world/society?
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Robert.Walter Avatar
90 months ago
Woz without Jobs = Programmable Universal Remote, Wheel of Oz company that shutdown in just 5 years, etc

Jobs without Oz = NeXT, iPod, iMac, iPhone, iPad.. From an almost bankrupt company to the most valuable/wealthiest company in the world.
Woz was the spring under Steves springboard. Without Woz, nothing today would be like it is. Please give Woz his due, your respect and your gratitude for his contributions and his contribution to Steve's greatness. He's more than earned it.
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Apple Corps Avatar
90 months ago
And what has been your radical contribution to the world/society?
BornAgainMac is not the topic of this thread - Woz is. Many accolades have flown around about Woz but the facts are that he has not had any success beyond his early work on board layout (broadly stated). He does appear to be a nice guy but clearly no Midas Touch on the tech world.
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