Not all of Jobs's relationships at Pixar were as good. His worst clash came with Catmull's cofounder, Alvy Ray Smith.
From a Baptist background in rural north Texas,
Smith became a free-spirited hippie computer imaging engineer with a big build,
big laugh, and big personality and occasionally an ego to match.
"Alvy just glows, with a high color, friendly laugh, and a whole bunch of groupies at conferences," said Pam Kerwin.
"A personality like Alvy's was likely to ruffle Steve.
They are both visionaries and high energy and high ego.
Alvy is not as willing to make peace and overlook things as Ed was."
Smith saw Jobs as someone whose charisma and ego led him to abuse power.
"He was like a televangelist," Smith said.
"He wanted to control people, but I would not be a slave to him, which is why we clashed.
Ed was much more able to go with the flow."
Jobs would sometimes assert his dominance at a meeting by saying something outrageous or untrue.
Smith took great joy in calling him on it, and he would do so with a large laugh and a smirk.
This did not endear him to Jobs.