Steve Jobs (1994 interview, legacy)

A rare, never-before-seen footage has been uncovered on the Interwebs, dating as far back as 1994. In it, a young Steve Jobs talks about his legacy. It’s peculiar in how back then Jobs thought he would be forgotten by history (go figure).

And who could blame him: the interview was conducted during Jobs’s wilderness years, at a time when he’d been running NeXT, his other startup. The clip amusingly shows us a young Jobs wearing a beard without looking like an axe murderer…

It was posted to YouTube channel EverySteveJobsVideo, as first noted by The Loop.

Running one minute and 48 seconds long, the segment is taken from Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur, a 60-minute documentary built around a 20-minute interview of Steve Jobs that was conducted in 1994 by the Silicon Valley Historical Association.

“All the work that I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I’m 50,” Steve quips.

Check out the clip embedded right below.

Here’s the full quote:

By the time I’m 50, everything I’ve done up until now will be obsolete. This is a field where one does not write a principia which holds up for two hundred years.

This is not a field where one paints a painting that people look at for centuries, or build a church that will be admired and looked at in admiration for centuries.

As pointed by John Paczkowski of AllThingsD, that’s one Steve Jobs prediction “that was a little off”.

The entire Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur documentary has Jobs giving advice to young entrepreneurs and talking about risk and the willingness to fail and his life philosophy.

According to the Silicon Valley Historical Association:

Nolan Bushnell (founder, Atari) talks about Jobs and Woz working at Atari. Woz and Mike Markkula (founders, Apple) discuss starting Apple. Company founders of Oracle, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems discuss Steve Jobs’ impact on their lives and businesses.

Here’s a trailer for the documentary.

The uncut 1994 Steve Jobs interview is available here as a QuickTime digital file, costing ten bucks. Note that much of this footage has been incorporated into the documentary.

Speaking of which, Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur is available from the Silicon Valley Historical Association as a $14.99 download, a $24.99 DVD or a $4.99 audio track (put it on iTunes and we can talk).

Steve of course famously had an ego larger than life so it’s kinda funny he thought he would be forgotten for his work.

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” is one of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes.

  • Zeus

    The pricing of that film is absurd haha

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Not really

  • Murat Özakat

    Miss you Steve 🙁

  • Gorgonphone

    we need a new steve damn it to come and save us form the IOS7 debacle

    • Justice and Malice

      Debacle. Beta 1 has been out for a little over a week and its a debacle. Ugh

      • Gorgonphone

        I steve caused my to have very high standards that are not satisfied by ios7

      • Justice and Malice

        I can’t even be sure of what you wrote there. The English is a debacle.

      • Kurt

        “The English” haha

      • BoardDWorld

        *Your… just saying.

      • Justice and Malice

        Huh? What?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’ll be the first to say Apple needs a perfectionist. However (in my opinion) it isn’t really fair to bash their OS on their first preview since it is after all a DEVELOPER PREVIEW. Still at least your not pulling a Pod2G and changing platforms to Android…

  • seyss

    kinda worthless

  • Steve Jobs

    Those were golden times..

    • Gorgonphone

      Everything was better then

      • Nipplesourus


  • Gavin Friel

    Great man, speaking words that are true even more so in today’s era.

  • deepdvd

    What he said was absolutely true. He said, “All the work that I have DONE in my life by the time I’m 50.” He didn’t mention anything he would do in the future. How is that “a little off”… anyone?

    • Gorgonphone

      He knew something

  • Ethan Humphrey

    Is it called steve jobs the lost interview on itunes?

    • Aniket Bhatt

      No that is a different one that happened a year before he returned to apple but it is definitely worth watching

      • Ethan Humphrey

        So do you know what its about? You know… cuz im too lazy to watch a simple trailer

  • he got a point, i always wondered if the reaction to steve jobs death would have been the same if he hadnt had that “comeback” from 99-2010 (imac, ipods, ilife..) he might had been remembered as “that guy from the 80s with cameup with the mouse and a nice GUI”

  • Kurt

    At first I thought he was a convict. Then I realized it was steve jobs.

  • Sam Z

    he speaks such truth