Steve Jobs: Jerk or genius?

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As it did for so many of those who worked in Silicon Valley during the 1980s and ’90s, the specter of Steve Jobs loomed large over nearly the entirety of James Currier’s career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

“In 1998, I had a 196-page Word doc with quotes from him,” says Currier, who a year later founded one of the world’s earliest social networks, Tickle. [Disclosue: Currier is a Pando investor.] Later, while working as a mentor and advisor for young Valley workers, Currier would console a number of Jobs’ employees over the years after reading “long sad emails” about the challenges of working with the famously difficult CEO.

Difficult, when it comes to Steve Jobs, might be the understatement of the century…

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