Steve Jobs – Quick facts
Famous as: Technologist, Businessman
Birth Name: Steven Paul Jobs
Date of Birth: February 24, 1955
Date of Death: October 5, 2011
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, USA
Father: Paul Jobs
Mother: Clara Jobs
Wife: Laurene Powell
Steve Jobs – The revolutionary inventor!
Steve Jobs was a world famous businessman and an inventor. He played a major role in the invention of the Apple II, Macintosh, MacBook, iMac, iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and iPad. In fact, he is listed as the inventor/ co-inventor on 342 US patents. Steve died on October 5, 2011 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Early Life of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was born on 24th of February, 1955 in San Francisco. He was born to Abdulfattah John Jandali, a native Syrian and Joanne Simpson. They were unwed when they conceived him. So, the couple gave him for adoption. He was adopted at birth by Clara and Paul Jobs. They lived on the 45th Avenue in San Francisco. Paul and Clara was a lower middle class couple. They had settled in the Bay Area post war. Paul was a machinist who had not even completed his high school. Steve and his father Paul worked on electronics in the family garage. Steve was very much interested in dismantling and reassembling electronic goods such as radios, televisions and stereos. He did it with sheer passion.
Steve Jobs went to a local school in California. When he was in elementary school, he felt bored and often played pranks. When he was in fourth grade, he scored unbelievably on a high school sophomore level! Later, he enrolled in Reed College in Oregon. However, he dropped out in six months. He continued to stay at Reed and went to a few classes that interested him. He enjoyed calligraphy a lot. He once said that his interest in calligraphy has influenced the design and use of stylish fonts on Apple Computers. Steve first worked for Atari computers. It was during this time at Atari that he came to know Steve Wozniak well. He had always looked up on this great computer technician whom he had already met in college in 1971.
Visited India in search of spiritual enlightment
In the year 1974, Steve Jobs travelled to India mainly in search of some spiritual enlightment. He visited the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Kainchi. During his stay in India, Eastern spiritual philosophy, especially the Buddhist philosophy, attracted him a lot. Ultimately, he became a Zen Buddhist. He experimented with psychedelic drugs also. In fact this counter-culture experience proved instrumental in providing him a broader perspective on life and his business.
Steve Jobs and Apple Computers
The first ever Apple I computer was invented by Wozniak in1976. Later, Steve, Ronald Wayne and Steve Wozniak established Apple Computers. During the early stages, they sold these computers from the family garage of the Jobs! In a few years, the companyspread its wings rapidly since the demand for home PCsbecame increasingly significant. Steve designed the first Macintosh in 1984. It became the first ever-successful home computer that used a GUI (graphical user interface). Well, that was a remarkable milestone as far as home computing is concerned.
Steve Jobs made a number of innovative successes at Apple. However, there was a lot of friction between him and his colleagues at Apple. In 1985, he was taken out from his executive duties. Eventually, he chose to resign from Apple and left the company. In fact, he once said that this termination was easily the best thing that ever happened to him. He stated that his resignation from Apple helped him get back the sense of freedom and innovation which he couldn’t find when working for a big company.
NeXT Computer, Pixar and Steve Jobs
NeXT Computers was founded by Steve Jobs after he left Apple. However, this project wasn’t very successful as it failed to achieve mass sales. In the 1990s, WebObjects that Apple and iTune stores used had employed NeXt software as a framework.
Meanwhile, Steve’s venture into Pixar, a graphic film productionfirm, was much more successful. Eventually, Disney signed a contract with Pixar to make films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and A Bug’s Life. These animated movies created a stir and were highly profitable. This earned Steve Jobs massive respect and good amount of success. Apple bought NeXT Computers for $429 million in 1996. This purchase brought Steve back to Apple. He became the Chief Executive of Apple. He had to face significant challenges at that time because Apple had taken a back seat and was well behind its rivals like Microsoft.
Steve Jobs back to Apple
Steve Jobs took Apple towards a new path. He focused on promoting the development of anarray of new products that focused on appealing design, accessibility and innovative features. He introduced the iPod, a product that set a standard for portable digital music. In the year 2008, his iTunes was a big hit as it became the second largest music dealer in the United States selling over 200 million iPods!
He helped Apple enter the cellular phone market in the year 2007, with the revolutionary iPhone. It became one of the best selling gadgets ever! Thus, Steve took Apple to new heights.
Love and Marriage life of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was in a close relationship with his high school girlfriend Chris Ann Brennan. Though they never got married, they had a daughter named Lisa. He also had a brief fling with the folk singer Joan Baez and also dated actress Diane Keaton for some time. He met Laurene Powell when she was doing her graduation at Stanford University. They were in courtship for a couple of years and married in 1991. The couple was said to have had a remarkably close marriage. Together they had three children namely Reed, Erin and Eve. Steve lived happily with his family in Palo Alto, California until he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.
Less Known Facts
- Steve earned not more than $1 as CEO of Apple. However, his share from Apple and Disney was about $8.3 billion!
- He was a pescetarian; he ate fish but no other meat.
- When he was working at Atari, his boss wanted him to work on the night shift as he was known for his lack of hygiene! It seemed that Steve rarely bathed and walked on bare foot in the office.
- Steve Jobs is known to have not used license plates on the Mercedes SL55 AMG heused.
- He always parked his vehicle in the handicap parking zone!
- When someone asked why he named his company as Apple, he gave an interesting answer. He said that Apple came before Atari in the phone book! He also stated that he likes apples and he came up with this name at early morning 5 o’clock!
- His last words were “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow!”
Steve Jobs – Famous Quotes
“I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”