Facebook and Apple are perhaps such entities that even someone who has been underground for 80 years would know about them.
Such is their reach and popularity that you just need to slap on its logo onto something and suddenly its value will skyrocket with people stumbling over each other to get a piece of it.
We anyway see the craze with the Apple phones and how even with basically laughable advancements in the phone’s actual technology and kidney selling ridiculous prices, people still hold their newly purchased iPhones with an air of superiority.
However, behind the glitz and glamour of their global name, the founders of Apple and Facebook, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are hiding some really dark and repulsive secrets that not many acknowledge.
Let us take a look at what the real face of these so-called revolutionaries in their field is like:
Let us start with the most notorious of them all, Steve Jobs, the father and founder of Apple, a brand that would become an icon for generations to come.
The Apple products stand as more of a status quo, helping you enter into an elite club of people who flash their shiny gadgets with the iconic symbol of a half eaten apple.
However, it was Steve Wozniak, the lesser known co-founder of Apple that saw the worst of it when Jobs started to screw him over even before the launch of their company itself.
It started from using Wozniak’s work to get his job at Atari, Inc. back in 1973, where he showed the circuit board created by Woz as a way to recreate the video game Pong to the founder Nolan Bushnell. The board along with Jobs persistence are said to have impressed the company and they hired him right away.
As if that was not enough, Woz even helped Steve who was then working at Atari, build the board for another game called Breakout with the deal being that they would split the profits evenly. But Wozniak was again duped by Jobs who said that the company gave only $700 and that his share would be $350.
It was 10 years later that Wozniak found out that the actual bonus amount was $5,000 and in an interview said, “That hurt, because we were friends”, “If he had said, ‘I need the money,’ I would have said, ‘Take it all.’ I was just happy to be on the project.”
Wozniak’s departure from Apple was also due to the policy decisions being taken and how the company was restricting him from being his true self even going so far as to state that Apple was “the bane of his existence”.
In 1985, Wozniak finally left the company with his reason for doing so being that Apple had “been going in the wrong direction for the last five years”.
But at least Steve Jobs gave Wozniak a bit of respect and sent him off with a healthy package and stock to boot. However, Zuckerberg truly showed selfishness in its raw and cruel form by grandly screwing over his co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
As per a story done by Business Insider that took an in-depth look at what exactly happened between Saverin and Zuckerberg, it was revealed that in 2005 in a bid to cut the former out of the company, the latter played several dirty tricks that eventually diluted his shares from a humongous 30% to barely 0.4%.
The catch here was that none of the other stakeholders had their shares even touched with only Saverin going from having a large stake in the company to having none at all.
This was followed by a suit from Facebook to Saverin and a countersuit whose terms were not made public, however, Saverin kept his title of being co-founder and even signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
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