On Sunday, "60 Minutes" aired a 30-minute interview with Steve Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson, whose eagerly awaited biography "Steve Jobs" was released October 24.
While the book itself is filled with Jobs' intensely negative feelings toward Google, he did have some complimentary things to say about Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"60 Minutes" ran several clips of Isaacson's taped interviews with the late Apple co-founder, who can be heard discussing his thoughts on Zuckerberg in an audio clip released as bonus footage alongside the full interview with Isaacson.
Said Jobs of Facebook's founder, "I admire Mark Zuckerberg. I only know him a little bit, but I admire him for not selling out, for wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot."
Jobs was notoriously critical of those he saw as sell-outs and always maintained that the business choices he made were in the service of creating a great product, not making the most money. He discussed this in another interview with Isaacson where he talks about longtime rival, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates: "Bill ended up the wealthiest guy around, and if that was his goal then he achieved it, but it's never been my goal, and I even wonder in the end if it was really his goal."
Jobs' respect for Zuckerberg may have hinged on his perception that they were similarly determined to do what they thought was right for their companies no matter the consequences. According to Forbes, "Where Zuckerberg most resembles Jobs is in the strength of conviction he places in his vision [...] Zuckerberg has managed to court the masses without ever submitting to the so-called wisdom of the crowd."
Zuckerberg's actions indicate that Jobs' admiration for him was mutual. Zuckerberg reportedly modeled Facebook's annual developers conference, F8, on Apple's MacWorld. Although, at first, people doubted that the awkward Zuckerberg could step into Jobs' shoes as the tech world's "rock star," Zuckerberg is apparently becoming more of a cult figure with each Facebook announcement .
In March, M.I.C Gadget started selling a Mark Zuckerberg action figure until Facebook forced them to stop. Several months earlier, Apple had reacted the same way when M.I.C Gadget tried to distribute a an action figure in the likeness of Steve Jobs.
When Jobs passed away on October 5, Zuckerberg posted a note to Facebook that read, "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."
To see what else Steve Jobs has to say about his fellow tech titans, according to Isaacson's biography, check out the slideshow (below).
In their decades-long relationship, Gates and Jobs went from being fans of one another to being bitter adversaries several times over: Jobs on Gates: "He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger." "Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."
Tim Cook was hired by Jobs in 1998, shortly after Jobs himself had rejoined the company. In 2011, Cook succeeded Jobs as CEO of Apple, Inc. "I knew what I wanted, and I met Tim, and he wanted the same thing," Jobs said of Cook. "I could just forget about a lot of things unless he came and pinged me."
Jonathan "Jony" Ive, is Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, and was the mind behind many of Apple's mos iconic products. "If I had a spiritual partner at Apple, it's Jony," said Jobs. "Jony and I think up most of the products together and then pull others in and say, 'Hey, what do you think about this?'"
When Larry Page stepped into the role of Google CEO after Eric Schmidt stepped down, Page called Jobs to get tips on being a good CEO. "My first thought was, 'Fuck you.'" Jobs said of the call. "But then I thought about it and realized that everybody helped me when I was young, from Bill Hewlett to the guy down the block who worked for HP."
In 1997, Michael Dell said that if he were Steve Jobs, he would shut down Apple and "give the money back to the shareholders." Jobs responded to Dell in an email, writing, "CEOs are supposed to have class [...] I can see that isn't an opinion you hold."