Never seen before: Steve Jobs talks innovation, legacy

Summary:An exclusive 1994 video shows Steve Jobs giving advice to potential entrepreneurs.

A newly-released video of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs can give today's entrepreneurs food for thought.

Within a 1994 unscripted interview by the Silicon Valley Historical Association, Jobs discusses risk, failure, his own experiences, and learning the value of creating your own environment. The footage, donated by the Association, documents how the late co-founder views his work as becoming "obsolete" after his lifetime in the fast-paced field of technology.

Unlike the construction of a church or the creation of a painting, Jobs understood that technological innovation is about contributing in a way that makes future creation possible, commenting:

"You're building up a mountain, and you get to contribute your layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher -- but no-one on top of the mountain will see it. They'll stand on it and they will appreciate it."

The full 60-minute documentary, Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur, is available for download. To watch a clip, view the video below:


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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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