Let's Be Pirates!
As the Macintosh team grew, it moved from Texaco Towers to the main Apple buildings on Bandley Drive,
finally settling in mid-1983 into Bandley 3.
It had a modern atrium lobby with video games, which Burrell Smith and Andy Hertzfeld chose,
and a Toshiba compact disc stereo system with MartinLogan speakers and a hundred CDs.
The software team was visible from the lobby in a fishbowl-like glass enclosure,
and the kitchen was stocked daily with Odwalla juices.
Over time the atrium attracted even more toys,
most notably a Bosendorfer piano and a BMW motorcycle that Jobs felt would inspire an obsession with lapidary craftsmanship.
Jobs kept a tight rein on the hiring process.
The goal was to get people who were creative, wickedly smart, and slightly rebellious.
The software team would make applicants play Defender, Smith's favorite video game.
Jobs would ask his usual offbeat questions to see how well the applicant could think in unexpected situations.
One day he, Hertzfeld, and Smith interviewed a candidate for software manager who,
it became clear as soon as he walked in the room,
was too uptight and conventional to manage the wizards in the fishbowl.
Jobs began to toy with him mercilessly. "How old were you when you lost your virginity?" he asked.
The candidate looked baffled. "What did you say?"
"Are you a virgin?" Jobs asked.
The candidate sat there flustered, so Jobs changed the subject.
"How many times have you taken LSD?"
Hertzfeld recalled, "The poor guy was turning varying shades of red,
so I tried to change the subject and asked a straightforward technical question."
But when the candidate droned on in his response, Jobs broke in.
"Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble," he said, cracking up Smith and Hertzfeld.
"I guess I'm not the right guy," the poor man said as he got up to leave.