Stories of Steve Jobs

Brief Overview

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Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. In 1976, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. In 1985, Jobs got fired from Apple publicly. Then he started a company named NeXT and another company named Pixar. Pixar later created the world’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and now is one of the most successful animation studios in the world. Interestingly enough, Apple bought NeXT in 1996. This eventually returned Jobs to CEO, and the technology Jobs developed at NeXT contributed significantly to Apple’s business. Under Jobs’s guidance, the company pioneered a series of revolutionary technologies, including the iPod, iPhone, iMac, and iPad, which are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology. Unfortunately, Steve died in 2011, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The world thus lost a remarkable genius and innovator.

Early Life

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Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, to Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave their son up for adoption. His father, Jandali, was a Syrian political science professor, and his mother, Schieble, worked as a speech therapist. Shortly after Steve was adopted, his biological parents got married and had another child called Mona Simpson. Jobs was not able to uncover information of his biological parents until he was 27.

The baby was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs and named Steven Paul Jobs. Clara worked as an accountant, and Paul was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. They lived in Mountain View, California. As a boy, Jobs and his father worked on electronics in the family garage. Paul showed his son how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, which interested Steve deeply.

Establishment of Apple

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In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computer. They started in the Jobs family garage. They funded their venture by Jobs selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his beloved scientific calculator.

Jobs and Wozniak aimed to revolutionize the computer industry by making machines smaller, intuitive, and accessible to consumers. Apple initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the company around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple’s second model, the Apple II, the company’s sales increased by 700 percent to $139 million. In 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion.

Public Dismissal from Apple

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However, the next several products from Apple suffered significant design flaws, resulting in recalls and consumer dissatisfaction. IBM suddenly surpassed Apple in sales, and Apple had to compete with an PC-dominated world. Unfortunately, Steve’s and Wozniak’s visions of the future began to diverge, and their Board of Director sided with Wozniak. Therefore, Steve got fired from Apple publicly.

In 1985, Steve started a new hardware and software company called NeXT. One year later, Jobs purchased an animation company from George Lucas, which later became Pixar Animation Studios. The studio was famous for producing wildly popular movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

Return to Apple

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In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT in 1996 for 429 million dollars. One year later, Jobs returned to his post as Apple’s CEO. Jobs then revitalized Apple in the 1990s. With a brand new team and one-dollar annual salary, Jobs put Apple back on track. His software called Next Step evolved into Mac OS 10, which led the Apple technology revolution. His fabulous products and effective marketing campaigns caught the eyes of consumers once again.

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Death

On October 5, 2011, Apple Inc. announced that its co-founder had passed away. After battling pancreatic cancer for nearly a decade, Steve Jobs died in Palo Alto. He was 56 years old at that time.

Lessons from Steve Jobs

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Love What You Do

The worst thing that happened might turn out to be the best thing that could happen.

One of the worst things which happened to Jobs was his public dismissal from Apple. Ironically, the board fired him at the request of Jon Sculley, an executive who was recruited by Jobs. “What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating,” Jobs said. “I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me-I still loved what I did. And so I decided to start over.”

During the next five years, Jobs established NeXT and Pixar, and fell in love with his amazing wife, Laurene Powell. Those things would have never happened if Jobs hadn’t been fired from Apple. Apple then realized that they did need Jobs, so they brought him back by purchasing NeXT. “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life,” Jobs said.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

 

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