10 People Who Actually Said "No" to Steve Jobs

Linus Torvalds

Date: 2000

During his early days at the microprocessor company, Transmeta, the Linux creator had the opportunity of chopping it up with Jobs at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus. Torvalds soon discovered the visit was a ploy to convince him to join the company under the condition he drop Linux development. Aside from already loathing the Mac OS kernel, he wasn’t sold on Jobs pitch. That being “Unix for the biggest user base.” The offer was declined.

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