Artifact Details

Title

Hoffman, Joanna oral history - part 2

Catalog Number

102738754

Type

Text

Date

2018-03-09

Contributor

Hancock, Marguerite Gong, Interviewer
Hoffman, Joanna, Interviewee
Hsu, Hansen, Interviewer
Weber, Marc, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Extent

34 p.

Format

PDF

Description

This oral history is the second of three conducted with Joanna Hoffman. As noted in the first interview, she grew up in Eastern Europe, but was able emigrate to the US and attend MIT. Upon graduation, she moved to the west coast, where she worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) before moving on to Apple. While at Apple she worked closely with Steve Jobs on the original Macintosh Computer. After Jobs was forced out of Apple, she decided to join him at NeXT. When NeXT was sold to Apple, she took a “health break”, before diving into General Magic.
Throughout the interview, Joanna provides a fascinating, first person insight into what it was like to work for Steve Jobs, at both Apple and NeXT, the “why” behind the key decisions made by each of these companies, as well as the excitement and camaraderie which developed in each of these very important companies.

Category

Transcription

Subject

NeXT; Apple; General Magic; GO

Collection Title

CHM Oral History Collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8464.2018