Steve Jobs Presentation at the Insanely Great Conference (1980)

Rare 22 minutes presentation given by Steve Jobs at the Insanely Great conference in 1980. It’s one of the very first known video footage of Steve Jobs. The quality of the video deteriorates at mid-point, but stick around, it’s really worth the watch.

The Insanely Great conference happened just a few months after Apple visited Xerox PARC. Now with retrospect, it’s pretty clear when listening to Steve that Apple is working on the Macintosh. He hints a few times of it’s development but doesn’t disclose any secrets.

The world would have to wait four more years to see what Apple’s vision was!

Insanely Great Conference Summary

00:23. Apple II’s used everywhere (mention of Bob Metcalfe who co-invented the Internet)
02:28. Birth of Apple – The Apple I
05:25. Computers are bicycles for the mind (Scientific American: Efficiency of locomotion)
08:52. What’s next for Apple (Hint of the Macintosh)
13:50. The origin of the Apple Computer name
15:40. Steve doesn’t talk about future products :)
16:00. Software vs. hardware
19:00. The future of the Apple II (Hint of the Macintosh)
21:30. Apple staff

Steve Jobs many touched many topics in his speech. Here are some of them with links if you want  to dig more into it:

Apple IThe Apple I

The original Apple Computer, also known retroactively as the Apple I, was released in 1976. It was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. The Apple I was Apple’s first product, and to finance its creation, Jobs sold his only means of transportation, a VW Microbus and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. It was first shown in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club. Source: Wikipedia

Apple IIThe Apple II

The Apple II series (trademarked as “Apple ][“) is one of the first highly successful microcomputer products, designed primarily by Steve Wozniak, and introduced in 1977 with the original Apple II. In terms of ease of use, features and expandability the Apple II was a major technological advancement over its predecessor, the Apple I. Introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire on April 16, 1977, the Apple II was among the first successful personal computers; it launched the Apple company into a successful business. It was first sold on June 10, 1977. By the end of production in 1993, somewhere between five and six million Apple II series computers had been produced.  Source: Wikipedia

Steve was 25 years old.

More related photos

Insanely Great picture of Steve Jobs 1966 R60-2 BMW
Steve Jobs’ 1966 R60/2 BMW. He might have rode it to the conference.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ad
Advertising used in the promotional brochure of the Apple II.
Steve Jobs Insanely Great VW Microbus (Van)
Steve Jobs sold his VW Van to finance Apple.
Steve Wozniak HP-35 Calculator
Steve Wozniak’s HP-35 Calculator sold to finance Apple.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple building Insanely Great things.
The two Steve’s working on the Apple I.


Insanely Great stuff isn’t? Kudos to whomever put this video on the web.