SoftCon, was held on month later in New Orleans. I regularly gave talks about software retailing having started the first software store in 1979. We had a small chain of stores at that time. I was scheduled to speak on the good and bad of software packaging.
Enter Steve Jobs. In a very large room he introduces the Mac to the software industry. This was a big moment. He showed the $1.5 million dollar Ridley Scott ad, professional slides and had a large staff. He was well prepared and had masterful timing. Thousands of people in the room applauded when he finished.
I was on next. I had to speak after Steve Jobs. It really didn't matter that my presentation was 35mm slides after professional photos. I had no Ridley Scott ad. I had nothing. The topic of software packaging was insignificant after seeing the Mac for the first time. The legibility of software titles was not as important. I hurried through my talk and sat down. It was exhausting.
Soon after I bought a Mac.