Computer guru 'Woz' inspires worshipful crowd at summit

By MADHUSMITA BORA, Times Staff Writer
Published September 23, 2007

Steve Wozniak, Apple Inc. co-founder, addressed hundreds of IT specialists at the annual ConnectWise Partner Summit on Saturday morning.

Wozniak spoke to a packed crowd at the Tampa Marriott Waterside about the history of Apple and shared the inspiration, passion and the goals which drove him to invent the first personal computer.

"Every time you come up with a solution, don't be in a rush to say it's fixed," he said. "Take a look at it and say, 'How could I make it better.' That's where excellence comes from."

Wozniak, or "Woz" as he's known to his fans and friends, was received with a standing ovation after his remarks.

The ConnectWise Summit is examining challenges and opportunities in the information technology industry. More than 600 IT specialists attended the two-day summit that ended Saturday.