Perot brought to NeXT something that was almost as valuable as his $20 million lifeline:
He was a quotable, spirited cheerleader for the company,
who could lend it an air of credibility among grown-ups.
"In terms of a startup company,
it's one that carries the least risk of any I've seen in 25 years in the computer industry," he told the New York Times.
"We've had some sophisticated people see the hardware—it blew them away.
Steve and his whole NeXT team are the darnedest bunch of perfectionists I've ever seen."
Perot also traveled in rarefied social and business circles that complemented Jobs's own.
He took Jobs to a black-tie dinner dance in San Francisco that Gordon and Ann Getty gave for King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
When the king asked Perot whom he should meet, Perot immediately produced Jobs.
They were soon engaged in what Perot later described as "electric conversation,"
with Jobs animatedly describing the next wave in computing.
At the end the king scribbled a note and handed it to Jobs.
"What happened?" Perot asked. Jobs answered, "I sold him a computer."