My discussions with Bob Young will be in the upcoming Architects of Tomorrow, Volume 1. He's a fascinating, clever entrepreneur with loads of experience and wisdom to share. To give you a taste, at one point I asked him what his first experience was with a computer, and what I got was a lesson in work habits.
Young: While I define myself as a salesman, my interest in computers goes back to my second year at the University of Toronto in 1973. I was taking a computer programming course, and the practical component of our course involved sitting at the keyboard of a big desk-like machine that punched what we typed onto 8" by 3" punch cards. Of course, the University’s computer department was seriously underfunded (some things never change), so there was a real shortage of these punch card machines, which resulted in long line-ups all day.
The most frustrating part of this course was that no matter how hard I worked, there was this group of kids who scored grades that were dramatically higher than the rest of us. Having spent most of a semester with them, I was convinced that they were not genetically superior, so I was curious. One day, standing in line at the punch card machines behind one of the smart kids in my class, I started whining about what a waste of time it was. Instead of sympathy, he sarcastically mumbled, “Well, then why don't you show up after midnight like the rest of us?”
Later that day, I did, and I learned one of the important lessons about computing I’ve never forgotten: real programmers don't sleep…which, I suppose, is why I never became a real programmer.