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.