Daniel Kottke (Apple Employee #12)
9.5 – The Visionaries (6.10.16)
A U.S. computer engineer and one of the earliest employees of Apple Inc. His official employee number was 12, having been assigned a few months after he originally started working. His contribution to the personal computer revolution is undisputed as the engineer who assembled and tested the first Apple I computer with fellow computer designer and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs’s garage in 1976. Prior to the formation of Apple, he was close friends with Jobs, whom he met at Reed College. He spent an additional 8 years with Apple debugging Apple II printed circuit boards and building Apple III and Macintosh prototypes as well as working on the design for the Macintosh keyboard. The Apple II gained a sizable amount of popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-selling personal computers of the 1970s and early 1980s. He was one of the original members of the Macintosh development team and his signature can be found embossed on the internal wall of early production Macintosh computers. He currently produces and hosts the “The Next Step” Public-access television cable TV interview show in Silicon Valley which focuses on high-technology, spiritualism, holistic endeavors, the internet and social networking.