We don’t need to tell you much about The Woz, right?

Steve Wozniak aka “The Woz” is considered to be one of the pioneers of the personal computer revolution. He co-founded Apple together with Steve Jobs. As a Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry into what it is today.

He single-handedly developed the 1976 Apple I, designed Apple II and was deeply involved in Apple’s decision-making until 1985. He left Apple as a day-to-day employee, however he still remains on the Apple’s official employee list and continues to represent the company at events. After Apple, The Woz was into remote control businness until late 80s. Today, he is a Chief Scientist at the data virtualization company, Primary Data.

Wozniak founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that defends free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights.

Below you’ll find 6 fun facts about The Woz

(credits: techli.com)

1. Woz has been an engineer since high school

When Woz was a senior in high school he built an electronic metronome that gave him his first run-in with the law.  He was sent to a juvenile detention center after he used his device to pull a practical prank. During his freshmen year at college Woz burned up so much computer time that his university almost billed him. Once you’re a geek, you’re always a geek.

2. He quit his job at HP to become the Vice President of Apple

Every entrepreneur knows that during the bootstrapping stages of your startup you’re going to need a part time job. The easiest way to do this is to get a job doing what you love, so it’s no surprise that Woz had a job at HP. The irony is that HP and Apple would be competing in the marketplace for decades to come.

3. Woz was not too familiar with Revelations

The original Apple I sold for $666.67, a price that shocked many because of its relation to the mark of the beast. No need to worry though, Woz is anything but the devil. When asked about the price he said he had no idea about the correlation and that he just “likes repeating numbers.”

4. He survived an airplane crash

Woz not only helped build the largest technology company in the world, but he also survived an airplane crash along the way. In 1981 Woz was injured after a premature liftoff from Santa Cruz Sky Park. For a while, shortly after the crash he had no recollection of the incident, but over time he eventually regained his memory.

Steve Wozniak airplane crash

Steve Wozniak Airplane Crash Report

5. Woz is in the National Inventors Hall of Fame

It’s no surprise that Woz joined the likes of Henry Ford and other great minds in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Yes, you read that right: there is a National Inventors Hall of Fame; and it’s probably the coolest hall of fame in the world. Woz is accredited for creating the personal computer and was inducted in the year 2000.

6. Woz is an active Foursquare user.

If you checkout Woz’s Foursquare profile you’ll notice that he has over 1,100 check-ins, 27 badges, and 11 mayorships. Among his mayorships are IHOP and Outback Steakhouse; two of his favorite places to eat. Several days ago Woz checked-in to a cemetery and joked “checking it out for a possible residency.”

Steve Wozniak Foursquare

Steve Wozniak’s Foursquare Account

 

…so what are you waiting for?! Use the 10% discount code: WOZ-2018 and join us in Vienna next May to see the mighty Woz!

 

 

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