Steve Jobs- “American Dazzling Business Magnate”

steve jobs biography
Full NameSteven Paul Jobs
DOBFebruary 24, 1955
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionMarketer, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Designer, Computer scientist
DemiseOctober 5, 2011

Steve Jobs was a corporate entrepreneur, industrial designer, investor, and media mogul from the United States. He was the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Apple Inc.; the chairman and main shareholder of Pixar; a member of  The Walt Disney Company‘s board of directors following Pixar’s acquisition; and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs, along with his early business partner and fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, is widely regarded as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution in the 1970s and 1980s.

Following the acquisition of NeXT by Apple in 1997, Jobs became CEO. He was instrumental in saving Apple from bankruptcy. Beginning in 1997 with the “Think different” advertising campaign and progressing to the iMac, iTunes, iTunes Store, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, App Store, and iPad, he collaborated closely with designer Jony Ive to create a line of products with broader cultural implications. In 2001, the original Mac OS was replaced by Mac OS X, a fully new operating system based on NeXT’s NeXTSTEP platform, giving the OS for the first time a modern Unix-based foundation.

Steve Jobs Early Life

Steve Jobs lived in Mountain View, California, with his adoptive family, in the area that would later be known as Silicon Valley.Jobs and his father used to work on electronics in the home garage when he was a kid. Paul taught his son how to disassemble and reassemble electronics, a hobby that instilled in Jobs confidence, perseverance, and mechanical prowess.

Due to boredom, Jobs was a prankster in elementary school, and his fourth-grade teacher had to bribe him to concentrate. Jobs, on the other hand, performed so well on his tests that administrators wanted to advance him to high school.Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon after graduating from high school. He dropped out of college after six months due to a lack of direction and spent the next 18 months attending creative programs at the institution. Jobs later explained how a calligraphy class sparked his interest in typography.

Jobs started working for Atari as a video game creator in 1974. He left the company a few months later to seek spiritual enlightenment in India, where he traveled farther and experimented with psychedelic drugs.

Founding Apple Computer

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Steve Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple Computer in the Jobs family garage in 1976, when Jobs was barely 21 years old. Jobs sold his Volkswagen vehicle, while Wozniak sold his treasured scientific calculator to support their business effort. With Apple, Jobs and Wozniak are credited with democratizing technology and making devices smaller, cheaper, intuitive, and accessible to regular people, changing the computer industry.

Wozniak conceived up a line of user-friendly personal computers, which Apple initially offered at $666.66 each, with Jobs in charge of marketing. The Apple I brought in $774,00 for the company. Apple’s sales climbed by 700 percent to $139 million three years after the launching of its second model, the Apple II.In 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly-traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion by the end of its very first day of trading. Jobs looked to marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola to take over the role of CEO for Apple.

The Macintosh was debuted in 1984, and Apple marketed it as a part of a counterculture lifestyle: passionate, youthful, and creative. Despite its success and superior performance to IBM’s PCs, the Macintosh was not IBM-compatible.Apple executives began to phase out Jobs because Sculley feared he was harming the firm. Jobs was forced into a more marginalized position at Apple in 1985, while not having a formal title with the business he co-founded.

Steve Jobs founded NeXT, Inc., a new hardware and software company, after leaving Apple in 1985. The company struggled to sell its specialized operating system to the general public, and Apple eventually purchased it in 1996 for $429 million.

Jobs returned to Apple’s CEO position in 1997. Jobs is credited with reviving Apple in the 1990s, just as he was responsible for its success in the 1970s.Apple introduced groundbreaking products such as the Macbook Air, iPod, and iPhone in the years that followed, all of which influenced the progress of technology. Competitors hurried to manufacture identical technology almost as soon as Apple announced a new product. Apple became the second-largest music retailer in America in 2008, trailing only Walmart, thanks to iTunes and iPod sales. Apple was also named No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s “America’s Most Admired Corporations” list, as well as No. 1 among Fortune 500 companies for shareholder returns.

Purchasing Pixar Animation Studios

Steve Jobs bought an animation studio from George Lucas in 1986, which became Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs put $50 million of his own money into Pixar because he believed in the company’s potential.Pixar went on to make hugely successful pictures including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, grossing a total of $4 billion worldwide. Jobs became Disney’s greatest shareholder after the studio merged with Walt Disney in 2006.

Jobs’ net worth was estimated to be between $6.5 billion and $7 billion in 2011 by Forbes, based on his sale of Pixar to the Walt Disney Company in 2006. Jobs’ net worth would have been $36 billion if he hadn’t sold his Apple shares in 1985, when he left the firm he established and led for nearly a decade.

Personal Life

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Laurene Powell and Steve Jobs married on March 18, 1991. Powell was an MBA student at Stanford Business School when the two met in the early 1990s. Reed, Erin, and Eve, their three children, lived with them in Palo Alto, California.Jobs had a daughter, Lisa, with lover Chrisann Brennan when he was 23 years old. In court records, he claimed he was sterile and denied paternity of his daughter.

Lisa Brennan Jobs later wrote a book called Small Fry about her childhood and friendship with Jobs, which was published in 2018. According to Lisa, DNA tests proved that she and Jobs were a match in 1980, and Jobs was compelled to begin making paternity payments to her financially strapped mother. Jobs did not start dating his daughter until she was seven years old. Lisa moved in with her father when she was a teenager.

Health Issue

Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, an uncommon but treatable form of pancreatic cancer, in 2003. Rather than having surgery right away, Jobs decided to change his pesco-vegetarian diet while considering Eastern therapeutic possibilities.

Steve Jobs postponed surgery for nine months, causing concern among Apple’s board of directors. Executives concerned that if word got out that their CEO was sick, shareholders would dump their shares. However, Jobs’ privacy won out over shareholder disclosure in the end.Jobs underwent successful surgery to remove a pancreatic tumor in 2004. Jobs, as is his wont, kept quiet about his health in the years afterward. Jobs stated in January 2011 that he would be taking a medical leave of absence. He stepped down as Apple’s CEO in August, handing up the reins to Cook.

Steve Jobs’ Death

Jobs died on October 5, 2011, in Palo Alto, after a nearly decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old at the time. Jobs glanced for a long time at his sister, Patty, then his wife and children, then past them, and said his final words, “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW,” according to his sister Mona Simpson.

Awards

1985: National Medal of Technology (with Steve Wozniak), awarded by US President Ronald Reagan

1987: Jefferson Award for Public Service

1989: Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. magazine

1991: Howard Vollum Award from Reed College

2004–2010: Listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World on five separate occasions.

2007: Named the most powerful person in business by Fortune magazine

2007: Inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts

2012: Grammy Trustees Award, an award for those who have influenced the music industry in areas unrelated to performance

2012: Posthumously honored with an Edison Achievement Award for his commitment to innovation throughout his career.

2013: Posthumously inducted as a Disney Legend

2017: Steve Jobs Theatre opens at Apple Park

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Top 10 Motivational Quotes by Steve Jobs

1. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

2. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

3. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

4. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

5. “I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.”

6.“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

7. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”

8.  “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

9.  “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

10. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

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