Jef Raskin Early Apple

Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin, 1978
Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin, 1978

Jef Raskin
1943 - 2005
Relationship to Steve
Short Bio

Jef Raskin was an academically-trained computer scientist who joined Apple in 1978. The work at Xerox PARC inspired him to start the Macintosh project (named after his favorite apple), that of an "information appliance" that would be "as easy to use as a toaster" and very inexpensive. Steve Jobs heard about it and took over the project after he was kicked out of the Lisa team. Raskin left Apple soon afterwards, out of disagreements with Steve.

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