Steve Jobs's Social Links
Steve Jobs was born in 1955 to two University of Wisconsin Graduate Students. They decided to give him up for adoption. He was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs, and named Steven Paul Jobs. Not until the age of 27 was Jobs able to find out who his real parents were. Steve Jobs is most famous for Apple Computers, which he started in 1976.
Steve grew up in Silicon Valley. His mother was an accountant. His father was a machinist. He learned mechanics from his father in his garage. Jobs was a jokester as a child. He did not study much, but was very bright. He was so gifted, that school administration wanted to skip him up to high school early. His parents decided against it.
In high school, he met Steve Wozniak. Both of them loved electronics, and the relatively unknown computer chip. They fiddled with it on their spare time. Steve Jobs dropped out of college and instead sat in on some creative classes. He got his love for Typography from a class on Calligraphy. In 1974, he got a job as a video game designer with Atari, only to quit months later to go on a spiritual voyage in India.
In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started Apple computers in Steve's garage. They funded it by selling Steve's car, and his scientific calculator. They made a series of personal computers and sold them for $666.66 each. The computers were easy to use and much smaller in size than their predecessors. The Apple I computer made $774,000. Three years later when the Apple II came out, sales went up by 700 percent, to a whopping 139 million. In 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, valued at 1.2 billion on the first day of trading.
Apple did not do well from there. The next products that came out had design issues, and comsumers were not happy. IBM had taken over the computer market. In 1984, Apple released the MacIntosh, but despite positive sales, it was not IBM compatible. In 1985, after being phased out for years, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple.
Jobs's next move was to buy Pixar Animation Studios from George Lucas. Pixar was successful with it's animated movies. It produced hits like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Pixar Films has made over Four billion dollars. In 2006, they merged with Disney.
Jobs went back to his position as CEO at Apple, after the failure of his new computer company, NeXT. He created new stock options and took a salary of only $1 per year. He created a colorful, stylish IMac, which did well with young students and creative professionals.
In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Jobs chose to wait to have surgery, and stay healthy by practicing Eastern medicine. He was notoriously private about his health.
Meanwhile, Apple was on fire. They developed a series of products that everyone had to have. This stared with the MacBook, then the iPod, and finally the iPhone, which revolutionized the cell phone industry. The company today makes 2 billion in profit. ITunes is now the biggest seller of music in the US.
Jobs's cancer returned in 2009, and he died of pancreatic cancer. Jobs was beloved by the nation, and the memorials went on for days, if not months. Jobs was married to Lauren Powell, a Stanford MBA Grad Student. They married in 1991, and had three children. He also had another child with a former girlfriend.
Companies and Investments
The Gap, Inc. - Director and Member of the Corporate Governance Committee - 1986
Pixar Animation Studios, Inc - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - 1997
Apple Inc. - Co-Founder - 2006
The Walt Disney Company - Director - 2006
NeXT Inc. - Founder & CEO
Steve Jobs's Quotes
Steve Jobs - People think focus means saying yes to the thing youve got to focus on. But thats not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. Im actually as proud of the things we havent done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.