The other day, I mentioned a few highlights from Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech for Stanford, and now, Stanford has posted a full transcript of the speech for our reading pleasure.
The speech consists of three stories, the second of which Jobs says is "about love and loss" and begins: "I was lucky I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation - the Macintosh - a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired." The story, however, picks up with Pixar and NeXT, culminating in this bit: "In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance."
Pretty cool speech in its entirety. I especially like the ending bit: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." Who wants to see an Apple marketing campaign centered around that idea? I do.