Amidst all the accolades—for he surely was an inspired genius—Steve Jobs is also getting a fair bit of ripe criticisms for his personal and professional vices.
Gawker reports ("What Everyone is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs") that professionally he was a managerial bully who demeaned people and showed a lack of basic respect for others.
The charge is also that Apple as a company stifled free speech and had authoritarian labor relations in its Chinese factory that approached sweatshop conditions. Apple admitted that its suppliers used underage workers, a practice Apple has been attempting to eradicate, including firing one factory supplier.
In his personal life Jobs allegedly had a child out of wedlock, initially denying paternity before later admitting it.
These are the stories of a complicated person whose inspiration for beauty inspires billions. But he was no saint.
[Thanks to Remo Kommnick, co-founder of imprvd, for providing the link.]