A Bug's Life
When Apple developed the iMac, Jobs drove with Jony Ive to show it to the folks at Pixar.
He felt that the machine had the spunky personality that would appeal to the creators of Buzz Lightyear and Woody,
and he loved the fact that Ive and John Lasseter shared the talent to connect art with technology in a playful way.
Pixar was a haven where Jobs could escape the intensity in Cupertino.
At Apple, the managers were often excitable and exhausted,
Jobs tended to be volatile, and people felt nervous about where they stood with him.
At Pixar, the storytellers and illustrators seemed more serene and behaved more gently, both with each other and even with Jobs.
In other words, the tone at each place was set at the top, by Jobs at Apple, but by Lasseter at Pixar.
Jobs reveled in the earnest playfulness of moviemaking and got passionate about the algorithms
that enabled such magic as allowing computer-generated raindrops to refract sunbeams or blades of grass to wave in the wind.
But he was able to restrain himself from trying to control the creative process.
It was at Pixar that he learned to let other creative people flourish and take the lead.
Largely it was because he loved Lasseter, a gentle artist who, like Ive, brought out the best in Jobs.