In his great book, Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull told the story of Pixar’s life to the present. There was a time that Lucasfilm was intent on selling the animation and software/hardware company to GM and Philips.
Can you imagine how different the world would be today if Pixar wasn’t run by Steve Jobs in the early years? Or if Toy Story wasn’t the first computer animated feature film? What if John Lasseter never worked again with Disney, or moved on to another studio, like… Dreamworks Animation, or… God forbid.