Markkula's plan envisioned ways of getting beyond the hobbyist market.
"He talked about introducing the computer to regular people in regular homes,
doing things like keeping track of your favorite recipes or balancing your checkbook," Wozniak recalled.
Markkula made a wild prediction: "We're going to be a Fortune 500 company in two years," he said.
"This is the start of an industry. It happens once in a decade."
It would take Apple seven years to break into the Fortune 500,
but the spirit of Markkula's prediction turned out to be true.
Markkula offered to guarantee a line of credit of up to $250,000 in return for being made a one- third equity participant.
Apple would incorporate, and he along with Jobs and Wozniak would each own 26% of the stock.
The rest would be reserved to attract future investors.
The three met in the cabana by Markkula's swimming pool and sealed the deal.
"I thought it was unlikely that Mike would ever see that $250,000 again,
and I was impressed that he was willing to risk it," Jobs recalled.
Now it was necessary to convince Wozniak to come on board full-time.
"Why can't I keep doing this on the side and just have HP as my secure job for life?" he asked.
Markkula said that wouldn't work, and he gave Wozniak a deadline of a few days to decide.
"I felt very insecure in starting a company where I would be expected to push people around and control what they did," Wozniak recalled.
"I'd decided long ago that I would never become someone authoritative."
So he went to Markkula's cabana and announced that he was not leaving HP.
Markkula shrugged and said okay.
But Jobs got very upset. He cajoled Wozniak;
he got friends to try to convince him; he cried, yelled, and threw a couple of fits.
He even went to Wozniak's parents' house, burst into tears, and asked Jerry for help.
By this point Wozniak's father had realized there was real money to be made by capitalizing on the Apple II,
and he joined forces on Jobs's behalf.
"I started getting phone calls at work and home from my dad, my mom, my brother, and various friends," Wozniak recalled.
"Every one of them told me I'd made the wrong decision."
None of that worked.
Then Allen Baum, their Buck Fry Club mate at Homestead High, called.
"You really ought to go ahead and do it," he said.
He argued that if he joined Apple full-time,
he would not have to go into management or give up being an engineer.
"That was exactly what I needed to hear," Wozniak later said.
"I could stay at the bottom of the organization chart, as an engineer."
He called Jobs and declared that he was now ready to come on board.
1.keep track of 追踪；记录
例句：However, the local switch can only keep track of its own local numbers local numbers.
2.once in a decade 十年一遇
例句：Flying to Europe will come once in a decade rather than once every year or two.
3.seal the deal 达成协议
例句：The administration sent Ellen O.Tauscher, the undersecretary of state for arms control, to Geneva to help seal the deal, they said.
4.come on board 入伙；合作
例句："First he told me it was a stupid idea,and then he agreed to come on board. "