Rod Holt, the engineer who had built the power supply,
was getting a lot of options, and he tried to turn Jobs around.
“We have to do something for your buddy Daniel,” he said, and
he suggested they each give him some of their own options.
“Whatever you give him, I will match it,” said Holt. Replied Jobs,
“Okay. I will give him zero.”
so I didn’t push,” said Kottke. The official reason he wasn’t given
stock options was that he was an hourly technician, not a salaried
engineer, which was the cutoff level for options. Even so, he could
have justifiably been given “founder’s stock,” but Jobs decided not to.
“Steve is the opposite of loyal,” according to Andy Hertz-feld, an early
Apple engineer who has nevertheless remained friends with him.
“He’s anti-loyal. He has to abandon the people he is close to.”