The Portrait Conversation 9<br>Daniel Kottke, Computer Pioneer<br>Innovation Mind: From Apple Beginnings to Now

The Portrait Conversation 9
Daniel Kottke, Computer Pioneer
Innovation Mind: From Apple Beginnings to Now

Please enjoy these recordings (scroll down to find them, Parts 1 and 2) of special guest Daniel Kottke, computer engineer, pioneer and entrepreneur, and myself, Jeremy Sutton, for Episode 9 of The Portrait Conversation, a live Zoom portrait in words and paint.

Part 1 (October 3, 2020) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
From childhood escape into science fiction and studying calligraphy at Reed College and music at Columbia; to traveling in India with Steve Jobs and putting together Apple Is in Steve’s garage and testing and fixing Apple IIIs before they shipped. Join us next week for Part 2 (date and time TBC) when Daniel shares his experience working on the prototype Macintosh and LAA (Life-After-Apple).

The same evening as this Part 1 was recorded, Daniel participated in a fascinating Apple reunion called “Global Digicon Salon 004_ Bill Fernandez”, hosted by Bill Fernandez, where many former Apple employees shared memories of Steve Jobs. Click here to view the recording (2 hours, 25 minutes) on YouTube.

Part 2 (October 10, 2020) – 1 hour, 46 minutes
What it was like working inside the Macintosh group up to launch, and his life since then, including exciting projects he is currently working on for using technology to help people with disabilities and in care homes.

Daniel Kottke with an Apple /// Motherboard on CNN

Daniel Kottke was a friend of Steve Jobs’s at Reed College, meeting him there in 1972, and the two made a pilgrimage together to India in 1974. Mr. Kottke was one of those who helped assemble and test circuit boards in the Jobs family garage before Apple’s founding in 1976, and was eventually hired as employee #12 to be a full time tester. He subsequently worked on the development of the first Macintosh computer prototype. After leaving Apple in 1985 Daniel has remained actively involved in technology and innovation, working on many fascinating projects. For more background I recommend:
Rick Chapman’s written interview with Daniel Kottke, the Man Who Built Some of Steve Jobs’ First Macintoshes
Leo Laporte’s Triangulation 31 interview with Daniel Kottke (1 hour).


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Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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