iParking

4 12 2014

This blogpost is about an admired German car and the invention of intelligent parking by Apple.

Software engineer Randy Adams worked at NeXT before heading to Adobe, where he co-created Acrobat, and the PDF. At that time, he and Jobs both ran Porsche 911s. To avoid car-door dings, they parked near each other, taking up three parking spaces between them.

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One day, Steve rushed over to Randy’s cubicle and told him they had to move the cars.

Randy, we have to hide the Porsches. Ross Perot is coming by and thinking of investing in the company, and we don’t want him to think we have a lot of money.

They moved the cars around to the back of NeXT’s offices in Palo Alto. Perot invested $20 million in the company in 1987 and took a seat on the board.

Thanks for dropping by.


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