“I’m absolutely certain if it wasn’t for teachers like Mrs Hill in 4th grade, I absolutely would have ended up in jail.”
In these excerpts from various interviews around 1995, Steve talks about how as a 12 year old he looked up Bill Hewlett in the phone book and called him at home to ask for some spare parts, so that he could build a frequency counter. “Some people never get that experience because they never ASK. You gotta ask. You gotta act.”
He also speaks about getting kicked out of school a lot for ‘mischief’, like setting up explosives on teachers desks. Until Mrs Hill, his 4th grade teacher, ‘bribed’ him into learning and re-ignited his curiosity, for instance by giving him kits to build his own camera. If it hadn’t been for Mrs Hill, Jobs thinks that ‘I absolutely would have ended up in jail’. Because he could see the tendencies in himself to have a certain ‘energy to do something’ that some people might have taken for a bad idea. That is why he believes that even though he has equipped so many schools with computers, great teachers remain the most important thing in education.
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“ Why it works? - It’s a miracle.
A look inside the writers room of #Homeland:
The pilot of season 2 proved that Showtimes critically acclaimed drama deserved the Emmy sweep, collecting 4 awards including ‘Best Drama’, ending a four-year winning streak by AMC’s “Mad Men”.
In what was one of the strongest second season comebacks, ‘The Smile’ picks up 6 months after Carrie’s psychotic breakdown and Brody’s failed suicide attack. The writers throw the characters right back into turmoil after they had seemed to settle into calm lives - Carrie as an ESL teacher, Brody as Congressman. But ‘Nothing is as it seems”.
The season 2 pilot delivered 1.7 million total viewers for Showtime and a total of 2.1 million including Sundays re-runs — giving the show its highest viewership total ever and a 60% jump compared to the Season 1 premiere last year.
Oh Canada! - MIPCOM’s Country of Honour
MIPCOM, the flagship event for the entertainment industry, is shortly descending upon the Croisette. This year’s country of honour: Canada. As part of this tribute, Quebecor Inc.’s Pierre Karl Péladeau & Bell Canada’s Wade Oosterman will deliver two keynote addresses. Canadian master classes, business matchmaking events and screenings will be held throughout the entire event. Eagerly-awaited is the “Fresh TV from Canada” presentation of the hottest and most innovative content from Canada, hosted by The WIT’s CEO, Virginia Mouseler.
MIPCOM’s Media Mastermind sessions will see heavyweight producers Harvey Weinstein and Mark Burnett take to the stage, alongside Hulu’s Jason Killar and YouTube’s Global Head of Content Partnerships Robert Kyncl.
Harvey Weinstein’s keynote speech comes on the heels of the launch of The Weinstein Company’s (TWC) International Television Sales Division and we can expect Weinstein to announce the company’s new slate of TV shows for 2013.
We will continue our series Media Masterminds from mipcom.
D! - Dare To ASK: Media MasterMinds
“ The basic question in Entertainment Science is ‘Why do human beings pay so much attention to stories and characters that don’t even exist? Why are stories so important to us?’
We meet David Graham of entertainment consultancy Attentional — and learn about mirror neurons, instinctive empathy for stories and characters, why Sorkin’s Studio 60 had to fail, and what kind of programming he would love to see in Europe.
// A FAB BERLIN GUIDE - Roman Kirsch, CEO Fab.de // — Fab.com, the design sensation on global meteoric rise, is known for its perfect picks for furniture, art & design. Founded by Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer in 2011 after a remarkable pivot, Fab expanded to Europe in February 2011 by acquiring Berlin-based Casacanda - now Fab.de.
//INTERVIEW: Brett Martin, Co-Founder & CEO, Sonar// — Brett Martin “knows people” — and their hidden connections. To be precise, his popular mobile location app Sonar does. It takes in Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds to navigate you through the urban jungle and find those people who you should really meet — right here, right now. Some call it ‘engineering serendipity’, for Martin it’s all about having more face time with people that matter to you.
Our first Sonar encounter was at TC Disrupt 2011 when Brett’s team made it through to the Battlefield finals. Sonar was an absolute favourite with the audience. What better place to launch this app, than at a crowded tech conference where everybody is eager to connect with a ‘relevant set’ of like-minds. One year on, Sonar was back at NYC Disrupt 2012 to launch their biggest product update since its launch: the Here-Now Network. By adding Status, Sonar Presence, Notifications and Messaging features, it allows for a more targeted connection with the people in your vicinity.
We meet Brett at Sonar’s Intergalactic Headquarters in NYC and talk about how growing up in beach town Ocean City inspired him to create Sonar, why impatience is the toughest thing to tame for an entrepreneur, who he would love to bond over beer with, and what he loves and hates about New York.
Here are some sound-bites:
Head over to unlike.net for Brett’s 25hrs collection of his favourite New York Hangouts.
//INTERVIEW: Edial Dekker / Steve Jang// — We just kicked off a new series over at global City Guide Unlike, where founders give us the inside scoop on their local hangouts. First up is Edial Dekker, Co-Founder and CEO of Gidsy. Originally from Amsterdam, the ex-cook takes us through the hidden gems of tulip fields and locally produced food across his current home-base of Berlin.
A couple of weeks ago, we interviewed Edial in London together with Steve Jang, CEO of SF-based Soundtracking. Turns out, the 2 are friends from Edial’s Amsterdam days at The Next Web Conference. So we asked the two: “What would be the best ever local experience in San Francisco and Amsterdam?” — Hint: It includes Surfing, Snowboarding, Food, Red Light Districts and Skateboards. (Sorry for the busy background noise.)
Gidsy now offers local experiences and invites you to ‘do something different’ in 7 cities - more international expansion is on the plan. Here’s is a snapshot selection of the eclectic mix of Gidsy tours and maker workshops:
AMSTERDAM: This is Piet’s infamous ‘Policetour Redlight district ‘1980’ that Edial mentioned in our interview. Piet was a policeman in the 80ies at ‘Bureau Warmoesstraat’ and the Redlight District was his Kiez. Be prepared for a trip “back in time, into the world of drugs, prostitution, gambling and corruption.”
SAN FRANCISCO: Like Cheese? Then this one is for you. During the ‘Cheese Workshop’ you learn to make butter, ricotta, yogurt and cheddar all at once in a splash course on home cheese-making. One hundred percent of proceeds go towards community clinics in Haiti.
NEW YORK: The ‘Long Walks in Downtown NYC’ are a great opportunity to take a deeper dive into the city that never sleeps. Tour guide Deirdre knows all the hidden gems from The Village (East and West) to Tribeca, The Battery, Nolita, The Lower East Side and Brooklyn.
BERLIN: Betahaus offers hands-on workshops to Build your own design classics. In June you create Jean Prouvé’s lamp Potence, a classic from 1950 in 6 hours from easily available materials.
“Right in the middle of the conversation between fans and artists - that’s where we want to be.”
At New York’s ACE Hotel, we meet for breakfast with Beverly Jackson, the Director Marketing/Social Media for the GRAMMY Awards. This year’s show famously broke records with social media and mobile programs playing a major role. TV audience numbers soar to over 39 million people (The last time the GRAMMY’s even topped 30 million was 1988. It’s the second most watched GRAMMY telecast since 1984 when 51.67 million people watched Jackson take home eight trophies.)
In our interview, we dive deeper into the mechanics of the ‘GRAMMY 365’ campaign ‘We are all fans’, discuss how the collaboration with brands, tech partners, agencies and artists works, and get an inside into how the Academy dealt with the tragic death of Whitney Houston on the day before the show.
Last but not least, we learn what ‘Big 3’ songs will never get deleted from Beverly’s iPod.
//Where 2.0 - Interview with Will Wright// - Last time I met the creator of The Sims was for the launch of Spore, and I took my friend Yoav along to speak from “artist to artist“. We ended up less talking about the game than about Charles and Ray Eames, childhood toys and illegal car racing.
Now, 3 years on, we meet at Where 2.0 in San Francisco. Wright has since left EA and founded the rather secretive Stupid Fun Club to devote more time to robotics and fusing game mechanics with real life. The power of mobile devices that act as sensors make the real world Wright’s new playground.
Although he kept mum about what exactly he is working on right now (and when we can expect to play with it), he revealed that it has broadly to do with predictive models of user behaviour. To “really understand the user” remains the toughest and most enticing challenge for Wright. This goes far beyond Facebook profiles but concerns predictive moods, emotions and schedules. Basically, Wright is trying to crack the code of “what users really want to do - before they even know they want to do it.” Be prepared, it surely will be legendary.
“DARE TO ASK” AT LONDON WEB SUMMIT — Behind the mic and on stage: Foursquare, Earlybird, Kraft Foods, Fab.com, Soundtracking and Uber.
//DARE TO ASK: Henrik Berggren / Eric Wahlforss// — We meet the 2 “Swedish Imports” (and good friends) at the Readmill HQ in Berlin where they talk about Stockholm clubbing days, advice for young entrepreneurs, favourite sounds and (social) trust issues.
//DARE TO ASK: Felix Petersen / Florian Weber// — At Amen’s home-base in Berlin, we meet 2 of the co-founders behind the world’s “most opinionated app ever” and talk Focus, Hype and “The toughest call to make when developing a product”.
//DARE TO ASK: Team EyeEm// — We visit the 4 founders of mobile photography startup EyeEm in their Berlin studio and talk stolen cameras, data cubes and meeting perfect strangers (through images).