Gates on Jobs: Weird (Jobs on Gates: Should have dropped acid)

In further revelations from the forthcoming biography of Steve Jobs, both Jobs and Gates offer very direct appraisals of each other.

No one ever imagined that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would have sipped on a brandy, punched each other on the shoulder, and giggled a lot.

However, the latest extracts to emerge from Walter Isaacson's biography of the late Apple CEO suggest that their philosophical differences were human, not merely technological.

In excerpts obtained by the Huffington Post, Gates reportedly described Jobs as "fundamentally odd," which I know one or two people might consider Gates.

But they did manage to chuckle together when people were watching. CC Joi/Flickr

Gates also reportedly added that Jobs was "weirdly flawed as a human being." Which seems weirdly flawed as a statement, because, well, we're all weirdly flawed as human beings. That's what makes us human.

Jobs, on the other hand, when asked about Gates, reportedly suggested he should have done some hard drugs.

"He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger," Jobs said of the Microsoft co-founder. Some might interpret this as meaning that Gates would have been a broader guy if he'd been more like, well, Steve Jobs.

Perhaps the oddest and most unintentionally amusing quote comes from Gates. Speaking of Jobs, he said: "He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works."

Which, some might say, beautifully and cruelly, expresses the nature of the brands for which each of them was responsible.

 

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