(of NeXT) The machines were the best in the world. Believe it or not, they are selling on the used market today in some cases for more that we sold them originally.
(of NeXT) We knew we’d be the last company that made it (hardware and software) or the first that didn’t. We were right on that edge. And we thought we’d be the last one that made it, but we were wrong. And that pretty much put an end to any companies trying to do that.
The culture at NeXT definitely rewards independent thought, and we often have constructive disagreements, at all levels. It doesn’t take a new person long to see that people feel fine about openly disagreeing with me. That doesn’t mean I can’t disagree with them, but it does mean that the best ideas win. Our attitude is that we want the best. Don’t get hung up on who owns the idea. Pick the best one, and let’s go.
Steve Jobs, 1989