Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple along with Steve Jobs, recently announced his participation in a crypto startup. During the interview, Mr. Wozniak (Woz) also spoke about cryptocurrencies and why he is excited about their prospects for the future.
Apple’s Wozniak is Very Excited About Cryptocurrencies and their Future
“I like to keep up with things,” Steve Wozniak, 68, famed computer engineer and co-founder of Apple explained at the Chainxchange blockchain convention recently in an interview. “Bitcoin caught my attention. It had so many unusual aspects for any technology I had ever heard of. Nobody is really known to be the creator. It doesn’t have any centralized [component]. It’s based on mathematics. There’s a certain number of Bitcoin that can ever exist.”
Woz is best known in computer history lore as the right hand man to business visionary Steve Jobs. The two founded Apple, presently the most valuable company in human history, in 1976. Mr. Jobs handled the entrepreneurial aspects such as financing, Woz was the brains, building personal computing revelations, ushering in an industry that literally changed everything.
“Mathematics to me is like nature,” Woz continued in his admiration for Bitcoin. “It’s much better than human beings… I trust those things of nature more than what man makes up. Man makes up currencies, controls them, issues new US dollars every year; Bitcoin was immune to that.”
Computer Revolutionary Describes Crypto Space as When the Internet Began
Woz helped Mr. Jobs build Apple in its critical infant years through 1981. He would finally leave the company in a more-or-less permanent way by 1985. He’s gone on to do a lot of philanthropic work, invented the Universal Remote, and has even hosted pop music shows. Of late he is seen more as an ambassador of computing’s earliest days.
It’s interesting to the current crop of builders, investors, and visionaries within the cryptocurrency space to get Woz’s perspective. It might be odd if he was less than enthusiastic about prospects in this regard, and, sure enough he didn’t disappoint convention goers.
“It’s so independent!” Woz announced excitedly about crypto. “It’s kind of like the internet when it was brand new… I was amazed at the technology behind it. People start up companies that do other things in life. I’ve encountered people working in real estate avenues, types of Uber systems, everything we’ve got in our life, especially involving transactions – retail sales, car sales, manufacturing of goods… working on Bitcoin applications… and they all have value. Every single one you hear about, to me, has value…. A few people can see the value, which reminds me very much of the early internet days.” He also discussed his involvement in a crypto investment group, Equi Capital — a first for Mr. Wozniak.