Nice mini-site from Alvy Ray Smith, one of the cofounders of Pixar, debunking a lot of the myths about Steve Jobs' involvement in the company.
TLDR; he was a very useful investor for them but the idea that his "vision" shaped the company is incorrect. Around the time Toy Story was poised to be a hit, he positioned himself to *look* like a visionary.
@darius Same playbook as Musk and Tesla, it seems. Wealthy asshat moves in, demands centre stage and "founder" status, takes credit in every interview.
@darius it’s frustrating to see things like the Mac and neXt lauded as “Jobs’ brainchild” when there were so many brilliant minds that also shaped these these things. I guess … American exceptionalism and billionaire hero worship?
@darius this is so fascinating! and for some reason I did not know that "Catmull" of Catmull-Rom spline fame was a co-founder of Pixar, that's wild?!
@darius @aparrish woah had to look up Catmull mostly cause that’s a cool name and came across this “in 1972, Catmull made his earliest contribution to the film industry: an animated version of his left hand which was eventually...incorporated in the 1976 movie Futureworld...the first film to use 3D computer graphics”
@darius @aparrish worth watching the full short film here! https://www.openculture.com/2011/09/first_3d_digital_film.html
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