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Andy Hertzfeld Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Andy Hertzfeld worth? $50 million

How did Andy Hertzfeld earn his money and wealth?

Andy Hertzfeld is born on April 6 in 1953. He is an American computer scientist and creator who was a part of the development team of original Apple Macintosh during the 1980s. He not only worked for Apple but also provided his services to Google. In 1975, after completing graduation degree from Brown University in a computer science, Hertzfeld joined graduate school at the California University, Berkeley. In 1978, he purchased an Apple II computer and soon started developing software for it. In 1979, He was appointed by Apple Computer as a systems programmer and designed the SilenType printer firmware of Apple.

In 1980s, he called his high school pal, and illustrator Susan Kare, to join Apple in order to assist in designing the Mac icons. Hertzfeld was a part of the Apple Macintosh design team. After a disturbance in the Apple II team and at Hertzfeld’s request, in February 1981, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made him join the nearly two-year-old team. Working along with Bill Atkinson and Burrell Smith, for Bud Tribble, Hertzfeld became a prime software designer and planner of the Mac Operating System, which was considered world-shattering in its use of the graphical user interface (GUI) where contributions were also provided by Jef Raskin.

Hertzfeld’s business card at Apple was of Software Wizard. He wrote maximum portion of the Macintosh’s original system software, including the code of ROM, the UI Toolbox, and a number of inventive components like the Scrapbook and Control Panel. After he left Apple in 1984, Hertzfeld co-founded three novel companies – Radius in 1986, General Magic in 1990, and Eazel in 1999. At Eazel, he assisted to create the Nautilus file manager for GNOME desktop of Linux. He come forward in 2002 and 2003for the Open Source Applications Foundation, writing early models of Chandler, and their information manager.

In 1996 and 2005, Hertzfeld was interviewed by Robert Cringely and Cringely on Nerd TV respectively on the television documentary Triumph of the Nerds. In 2004, he created the website folklore.org, a Website designed for story telling that contains dozens of sketches regarding the development of the original Macintosh. The stories have been collected in Revolution in the Valley, an O’Reilly book, and published in December 2004.

In 2005, Hertzfeld joined Google.In 2011, Google announced its new version, Google+, a version designed for social media networking. Hertzfeld was the prime designer of the Google+ Circles user interface. He retired from Google in July 2013. In the film Jobs that released in 2013, Hertzfeld was played by Elden Henson and by Michael Stuhlbarg in the film Steve Jobs released in 2015.

What are the most popular appearances of Andy Hertzfeld?

  1. The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996)
  2. Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy (2011)
  3. Silicon Valley Revolution (2017)
  4. The Us Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary (2017)

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