Some encounters you rather forget. Too embarrassing! Butnow he is gone, I might as well confess. In October 1976, 3months before he founded Apple, I was introduced to SteveJobs in Berkeley, California. He was accompanied by a fewfriends, including Steve Wozniak. They looked very
LH: “Hi, I’m Loek Hopstaken, from Amsterdam.” SJ: “SteveJobs.” LH: “No, I’m not looking for a job.” SJ: “???”
Despite this embarassing start, we had a polite, yet brief exchange about what he was doing (which I didn’t under-stand) & what I was doing (which didn’t interest him).When I recognized Jobs & Wozniak a few years later on tvI wondered what would have happened if I had been lessclumsy with my reply. It’s true: life & careers are not theresult of major decisions, but of chance meetings & medio-cre events. All you can do is to say Yes or No, without timeto think.Loek Hopstaken
5th year, no. 5
The Dutch Vietnam ManagementSupporter
A one month visit to Amster-dam
was well-filled with meet-ing business associates, friends,family, and teaching at Witten-borg University. The financialcrisis and its aftermath, the Eu-ro-crisis, have hit Holland hard.The media don’t help. They seemto repeat the same message:doom is coming. Most companiesrespond by cutting costs, stop-ping investments, adopting a no-risk attitude, and hope to sur-vive. Still, Amsterdam continuesto reinvent itself, with lots of construction works underway.1.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one whoasked why.
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