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Steve Jobs Interview 1994

Steve Jobs on His Contribution to Technology: A Rare 1994 Interview

The technology industry moves incredibly fast — according to Moore's Law, the processing power of chips doubles every two or so years, rendering all of our new tech toys obsolete in a matter of months. Leaving a lasting legacy is incredibly hard to do and yet, Apple founder Steve Jobs is remembered and revered as an icon by longtime admirers and even one-time corporate rivals.

Steve has delivered some incredibly memorable quotes over the years, but in never-before-seen video from 1994, the tech titan reflects on his legacy in a remarkably candid interview at NeXT, the company he founded after being forced out of Apple in 1985.

The short clip, released by the Silicon Valley Historical Association, is part of a longer, 60-minute documentary titled Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur, which features Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Apple cofounders Steve Wozniak and Mike Markkula, and the founders of Oracle, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems, alongside Steve himself.

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It's clear from the video that the Apple icon, in an uncharacteristic denim button-up, has a deep understanding of the fast-paced nature of the business, and the effect that has on his legacy. "All the work I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I'm, you know, 50 . . . this is not a field where one paints a painting that one looks at for centuries," he said.

Steve saw himself as a smaller part of a greater whole and recognized that it is difficult to discern individuals' contributions to the field of technology: "It's sort of like a sediment of rocks. You're building up a mountain, and you get to contribute your little layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher. But no one on the surface, unless they have x-ray vision, will see your sediment."

Watch the rare footage after the break.

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