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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.

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Tamlin Magee
Published Tue, May 27 2014 10:41 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM 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.

Email attachment founder turned down domineering Steve Jobs for work | TweakTown.com

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.

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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