“Forgotten” Apple Cofounder Ron Wayne Releases Biography

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Ron Wayne, sometimes referred to as the third “forgotten” Apple cofounder, announced Wednesday the release of an autobiography called Adventures of an Apple Founder. His more famous cofounder, Steve Wozniak, has written the foreword for the book.

Ron Wayne
Ron Wayne

Mr. Wayne was brought into the company by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to serve as adult supervision for the brand new company, and his 10% ownership stake was designed to serve as a tie-breaker for the two Steves. He didn’t stay with the company for very long, however, and sold his 10% back to Messrs. Jobs and Wozniak for $800 when he became concerned about the liabilities the company was racking up in its early efforts to launch the original Apple I computer.

Mr. Wayne’s background was engineering, and he worked with Steve Jobs at Atari. He was several years older than either of the other two founders, and Mr. Jobs had supposedly been impressed with both his integrity and his ability to stand up to Mr. Jobs himself, who had a powerful personality even then.

Adventures of an Apple Founder offers a never-before-told backstory to the man whose passion for engineering and design spans nearly three quarters of a century,” the book’s publisher, 512K Entertainment, said in announcing the title. “Ron holds a dozen patents, has worked in aerospace engineering, at video game maker Atari, and has spent the better part of his life in pursuit of a long time passion—building Las Vegas style gaming machines.”

The autobiography is available today, including the following three formats:

Ron Wayne Autobiography Cover

The book’s cover

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Comments

Lee Dronick

I like the cover design. I will look into the book, it is getting time to start my Christmas list.

wab95

Who?

Seriously, it is good to see this in print. It will be interesting to get his take the evolution of the company.

One wonders if he regrets forfeiting his 10% share.

Lee Dronick

One wonders if he regrets forfeiting his 10% share.

No, he got $800 for it. smile

Bryan Chaffin

He has said he doesn’t regret his actions, that he made the right decision at the time. I suspect the book has more insight. smile

That said, I have the impression this book is much more about his life than it is about Apple.

wab95

No, he got $800 for it

Indeed, he did.

One then wonders if his book contains a chapter, ‘The 10 worst decisions I ever made…’

wab95

He has said he doesn?t regret his actions, that he made the right decision at the time. I suspect the book has more insight


Kidding aside, I believe that. He’s a fascinating, if not private, character with an Apple-independent legacy.

Lee Dronick

I suppose that his personal money was at risk had Apple been sued.

mhikl

He’d been in the same predicament before and lost a bundle so I can see his hesitation, even though the pill had a bitter after taste.

I remember reading about Steve trying to payoff a pizza delivery boy with shares. Kid declined. There are probably many such stories in the rise of entrepreneurs.

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