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Email attachment founder turned down "domineering" Steve Jobs for work

The man behind the email attachment, Nathaniel Borenstein, admitted he once turned down Steve Jobs over a clash of personalities

By: Tamlin Magee from May 27, 2014 @ 10:41 CDT

"Nobody wanted to work" for the "domineering" ex-Apple CEO Steve Jobs - that's according to the inventor of the email image attachment, Nathaniel Borenstein, who turned down a job from the man himself.

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In 1980, he and his team were attempting to reform the chaotic and primitive email system as part of a post PHD project at Carnegie Mellon university. When Jobs came by and saw his work, he immediately attempted to hire the whole team - but Borenstein turned the offer down.

"He was a totally domineering personality," Borenstein says, in a Telegraph interview. "If you were at Apple and you disagreed with Steve Jobs, you lost; whether you were right or wrong. And nobody can always be right."

Admitting his own tendencies to be a little on the domineering side, Borenstein decided the two would clash and passed up the opportunity. Rather than a reflection on Jobs' notorious personality traits alone, it does suggest some early prescient thinking on recognizing essential and marketable technology.

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