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Michael Scott, the first Apple CEO from 1977 to 1981 who almost cancelled the Macintosh

When you look at Apple’s history, you’re surprised to see that Steve Jobs was never a CEO during the company’s early years. As we’ll see throughout this special, of Apple’s seven CEOs, Jobs ranks sixth chronologically. The honor of being the company’s first CEO of the Bitten Apple is none other than Michael Scott . A true unknown in the history of this company.

Scotty, Apple’s first CEO

Michael Scott’s name will ring out to those who have read Steve Jobs’ official biography, which marks five years since his death this week. Although it does so vaguely . Scott was born in 1945 so he was ten years older than Jobs himself. In the photo above he is wearing a blue checked white shirt and arguing with Jobs.

Michael Scott, the first Apple CEO from 1977 to 1981 who almost cancelled the MacintoshMichael Scott, the first Apple CEO from 1977 to 1981 who almost cancelled the Macintosh

Just before becoming Apple’s first CEO, Scott was the director of manufacturing for National Semiconductor. The company was involved in the creation of analog components for consumer electronics devices. Much later, in 2011, it was acquired by Texas Instruments.

“As soon as running Apple stops being fun, I’ll resign.”

Mike Markkula, Apple’s first major investor, signed Scott to lead the company during the meteoric growth it experienced in the early years. The reason Markkula hired him was that both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were too young and did not have the experience to run the company.

Scott was 32 when he became Apple’s CEO. Jobs was interested in running the company, but he was only 22 years old . Wozniak was an engineer more concerned with developing and experimenting with components and computers than with being responsible for all of Apple.

A CEO who almost cancelled the Macintosh project

Michael Scott has gone down in history as Apple’s first CEO. One who served his term with no shame or glory. But who was about to finish the most important project of Apple of the following years: the Macintosh. When Markkula hired Scott (curiosity, both had birthdays on February 11), he told him that he would be the CEO of Apple until it stopped being fun.

As Andy Hertzfeld (original equipment engineer for the Macintosh) tells on the Folklore website, between 1980 and 1981, Scott was reorganizing Apple and laying off employees under the pretext that the company had grown too fast. In the comments of that article, there is one that states that Scott had changed his mind: now, instead of resigning when managing Apple stopped being fun, he would start firing people until it was fun again .

Scott almost cancelled the project that years later would become Apple’s first Macintosh

It was during one of these purges when the tiny Macintosh project was about to be cancelled . Jef Raskin was in charge of leading the four people who composed it. When he heard the news, he begged both Scott and Markkula to give him more time. Raskin got three more months, enough for Steve Jobs to take notice of the project and “hijack” it.

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It would still be three years before the original Macintosh came out. A product that Michael Scott would no longer witness within Apple, as he was removed in 1981 and replaced by Mike Markkula himself. 35 years later, it is incredible that the Macintosh was spared from being cancelled by the hair. Without this project and despite the fact that it currently requires urgent updating, Apple would not be the company it is today.

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