Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955—October 5, 2011), was the Co-Founder and CEOof Apple Computer Inc., now known as Apple Inc. He also held a majority of Pixar stock, was amember of the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company, and founded another company(NeXT) after his temporary departure from Apple. He became noticed at around the age of 21,the age at which he founded Apple Computer.
Throughout his life, he was known as aperfectionist, which affected his temper and created the mindset of doing things his way. He isoften scrutinized for not contributing to any technological advancement and simply taking creditfor the work of his partners. However, it is visible that modern computing and life would bedrastically different without his contributions, which allow us now to have access to personalcomputers, the internet, and many more essential functions of our daily lives. Steve Jobsdeserves all the praise he receives, as he helped make computers accessible to the public andcreated revolutionary ideas which changed the way we live our day-to-day lives.Steve Jobs’ passion for technology was formed in the environment in which he grew upin. As a kid, Steve Jobs worked on electronics in his garage with his father, Paul. Jobs was so inlove with electronics that he eventually had made friends with the other engineers in hisneighborhood.
He was also a troublemaker in school, misbehaving and getting suspended often.He even once pulled a “prank” on his teacher by creating a fake bomb. Jobs said that hisfourth-grade teacher got him straightened out and inspired his passion for learning things. Whenhe was thirteen, Jobs was offered a summer job at Hewlett-Packard. As Jobs went onto highschool, he also developed a love for music and reading. In this time, Jobs also became closefriends with Steve Wozniak, who went on to become his partner in founding Apple.
STEVE JOBS BIBLIOGRAPHY 3 Transitioning from high school, Steve Jobs followed his biological parents’ desires andattended Reed College. It was expensive and his parents could not afford it; Jobs felt guilty anddecided to drop out. However, he still stayed on campus taking calligraphy classes. During thistime, Jobs would sleep on the floor of his friends’ dorm rooms and received free meals from theHare Krishna temple. This calligraphy course was important to Jobs in the future, as it inspiredhim to include the different fonts in the Mac.
In 1972, Steve Jobs had his first business, illegally selling blue boxes. Blue boxes weredevices that was used to fool telephone systems and trick them into letting one makeinternational phone calls for free. Jobs and Steve Wozniak were fascinated by the technology,and it took them six months to develop the world’s first digital blue box. Steve Jobs credited hissuccess with the blue boxes to his motivation for starting Apple.Jobs’ first thoughts of Apple originated while he was attending meetings of theHomebrew Computer Club. His partner, Steve Wozniak, introduced Jobs to a project he wasworking on (later known as the Apple I) and Jobs was fascinated. Jobs had a vision, and alongwith Wozniak and Ronald Wayne (one of Jobs’ friends from Atari) founded Apple Computer.
Wayne soon left the company, selling his ten percent share for only $800. Jobs’ and Wozniakcontinued to grow Apple and went on to introduce the Apple II, the first product sold by AppleComputer. This turned out to be a big success and Apple continued to grow. In 1983 Steve Jobsenticed former Pepsi CEO John Sculley into Apple with an iconic quote: “Do you want to spendthe rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change theSTEVE JOBS BIBLIOGRAPHY 4world?”(Isaacson, 2011). This recruitment quickly backfired, as Jobs’ vision contradictedpolarly with Scully’s. Eventually, the tension between Jobs and the upper management levels ofApple lead him to resign from Apple on September 16, 1985.
After leaving Apple, Jobs rebounded quickly and founded NeXT, a computing businesssimilar to Apple. Jobs ran NeXT for twelve years, producing two revolutionary desktopcomputers. During this time, he also funded Pixar (eventually bought by The Walt DisneyCompany) hand was the executive producer of Toy Story Eventually, NeXT was acquired byApple where Jobs quickly resumed leadership of the company.In his return to Apple, Steve Jobs brought rise to many revolutionary products such as theMacintosh, the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad, all of which still play a prominent role in the way thatwe interact with technology and the world around us. While he was finally finding majorsuccess in Apple after struggling for years, Jobs hit a major roadblock in his life when he wasdiagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Despite medical disadvisory, Jobs continued to work nonstopand even refused professional medical help; he instead relied on alternative medicine.
By thetime he was finally accepting help and taking leave from work, he had already injured hisphysical health. It remained an issue as he struggled with complications for the rest of his life.This took a toll on Jobs, as he later resigned as CEO of Apple in 2011. After a life ofaccomplishment and the overcoming of adversity, Jobs passed away on October 5th, 2011 as aresult of his pancreatic cancer; his iconic last words being: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Ohwow.
“(Isaacson, 2011). Stephen Paul Jobs will forever be remembered for his immensecontributions to computer science and his unique personality and lifestyle.STEVE JOBS BIBLIOGRAPHY 5ReferencesPicarille, L. (1997). Steve jobs. Computer Reseller News, (763), 51-52.
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