John Sculley Mentors Early Apple

Sculley and Jobs, 23 Jan 1985
Sculley and Jobs, 23 Jan 1985

John Sculley
born 1939 (age 84 or 85)
Relationship to Steve
Mentor & Apple CEO
Short Bio

Steve Jobs hired PepsiCo CEO John Sculley with the famous phrase: "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?" (a story Sculley never gets tired of retelling). He became Apple's CEO in 1983, and started a business honeymoon with Steve that lasted about two years. However, because of increasing tension in the company due to disappointing Macintosh sales, Sculley and Jobs eventually had a fall-out that led to Steve's resignation in September 1985. Steve never forgave Sculley for betraying him, and called him 'corrupt' publicly on several occasions. His definite quote on Sculley came in a 1995 interview for Triumph of the Nerds: "What can I say? I hired the wrong guy."

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