Apple Computer’s THIRD founder

Huh? Apple Computer had a THIRD founder?

Paul Gauguin: Pommes, poire et céramique
Paul Gauguin: Pommes, poire et céramique
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I just ran across the Ron Wayne story from last year that appeared in the Mercury News. We just marked the 35th birthdate of Apple Computer, so let’s examine the founding of the company. I had read about the creation of Apple years ago, but don’t recall Ronald Wayne’s name. The gist is: he wrote the Apple I manual and was asked to help mediate between the two Steves (Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak). In exchange, he was given 10% of Apple Computer. Two weeks later, Mr. Wayne returned the shares, in exchange for $800, because he feared that the liability might strip him of his car and other assets.

If Mr. Wayne had kept that 10%, today it would be worth about $22 billion.

In life, timing is everything.

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