Searching for Magic in India and Silicon Valley: An Interview with Daniel Kottke, Apple Employee #12


Daniel Kottke lives and works in Palo Alto, Ca. Here, he talks about the genesis of his 1974 trip to India with Steve Jobs.

Daniel Kottke was one of Apple's first employees, assembling the company's earliest kit computers with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in a California kitchen. In 1974, Jobs and Kottke backpacked across India in search of themselves; now, they are industry legends. Along the way, he debugged circuit boards, helped design the Apple III and the Mac, and became host of Palo Alto cable TV show The Next Step.

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Interview with early Apple employee Daniel Kottke

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Daniel Kottke demos the Microwriter (Photo by Avi Solomon)

Avi Solomon interviewed Daniel Kottke at his home in Palo Alto on 2nd September, 2011. He says:

I had a wide-ranging conversation with Daniel Kottke (Apple employee #12) on Silicon Valley's innovation culture. Daniel also talked about his trip to India with Steve Jobs during their hippie years. Steve Jobs did not find miracles in the ashrams of India but he made the true magic happen in a garage in California.

Daniel Kottke interview by Avi Solomon