Beyond Work with Apple Employee No.8: Chris Espinosa - Deepstash

Beyond Work with Apple Employee No.8: Chris Espinosa

Chris Espinosa is apple’s 8th employee, having started work with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at age 14. he has worked in product marketing and engineering and is the Longest-Serving apple employee. Espinosa is a graduate of the University of California, where he authored the apple II reference manual. 

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• Get up, get dressed, go downstairs and make coffee (instead of picking it up when I get to work)

• Take temperature and record on family symptoms log

• Poke head in high school sophomore’s room to make sure they are in class

• Do email/slack communications, sit in WebEx meetings, do writing/spreadsheets/Keynote decks

• At some point wander to the kitchen to make lunch, check on College sophomore doing schoolwork

• Make more coffee, go back to deskwork

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Lots more cooking and dishes. Lots less driving, restaurants, cafes. No Saturday night spa night, no daily gym, no daily fresh meat and vegetable shopping for dinner — eating a lot more frozen/canned/boxed to make fewer shopping trips.

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I moved a comfy chair into my office, originally for the high school sophomore but I find I take my iPad to it to do reading and writing (and less formal videoconference). 

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Currently, we’re reading 

Remarkable Creatures

I’d normally be reading a lot of P. G. Wodehouse.

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Vastly different. Like a forest fire, it will destroy much of what we loved — people, places, things — and leave us with sorrow and mourning and bare ground. I’ll be surprised if half my regular restaurants, cafes, music venues will survive. But from the charred ground, all-new things will grow

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7 Laws of Success inspired from Steve Jobs
  • Follow your passions.  Without it, any rational person would give up.
  • Find your noble cause. For Jobs, making computers accessible to the average person wasn't just a business strategy; it was a calling.
  • Simplify everything and focus on the gems. You have only so much energy and attention to give to projects or projects.
  • Unleash your creativity. Creativity doesn't just happen. Expose yourself to ideas outside the field you're working in.
  • Create "insanely great" customer experiences. Hire for personality and culture fit first.
  • Don't introduce products; tell a story.
  • Sell dreams, not products. Your audiences don't care about your product, company or idea. They care about themselves, their hopes and their dreams. 

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Steve Jobs, the adaptable visionary

The legend of Steve Jobs is that he transformed our lives with the strength of his convictions. However he started oppoaing the greatest 🍏's innovations:F

  • Foryears Jobs insisted he would never make a phone. 
  • When he built a phone, he banned outside apps
  • Etc

We owe it to the because of people who knew how to change his mind.

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Influencing A Change

At first, Steve Jobs insisted he would never make a phone. It took two years for his team to persuade him to reconsider. Within nine months, the App Store had a billion downloads, and a decade later, the iPhone had generated over $1 trillion in revenue.

While many leaders have studied the genius of Jobs, few have studied the genius of those who managed to influence him. While too many overconfident leaders reject worthy opinions, it is possible to get anyone to open their minds.

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