In a world with so much technology, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when people didn’t have cell phones or computers. The company named “Apple” took the world by storm. It is now one of the biggest companies in the world.
Steve Jobs’ life started out rough. He was born in San Francisco in 1955. His birth parents gave him up for adoption, as their parents didn’t approve of their relationship. His adoptive father supported his love of electronics, what started as a hobby turned into a passion. He was always smart but never liked school. He graduated from high school and attended Reed College. He later dropped out. He traveled to India in 1974 to pursue spiritual enlightenment. He often experimented with psychedelic drugs.
Apple started in his parents’ garage in 1976. Jobs began working on Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak- someone he grew close too while working at the video game company Atari. Jobs was a college dropout, and Wozniak had been expelled from the University of Colorado Boulder. Despite their lack of higher education, Wozniak invented the Apple I, while Jobs oversaw it.
They sold the Apple I, but it didn’t sell well. They soon after got funding to create a new computer. After creating the Apple II, they introduced it at the West Coast Computer Fair. It became a highly successful mass-produced microcomputer. It generated $3 million in sales in the first year alone. Apple was now a name known everywhere.
Soon the success of the company started to plummet. The Apple III did not sell as well as expected. They soon created the Macintosh, but it did not sell either. He had creative differences with the other higher-ups at the company, and he was fired. He lost all privileges and sold his stock.
Jobs wasn’t just a businessman; his personal life was quite hectic. His girlfriend became pregnant and didn’t know what to do. She had the baby and Jobs denied that it was his for years. He didn’t get to know his daughter until she was already in elementary school.
After his firing from Apple, Jobs used the money he had from his sold stock, and he started a new company in 1988. NeXT Computer Co. released a new computer, but due to its high price tag, it was highly unsuccessful. Jobs stopped focusing on his computers, and he started to pay more attention to Pixar. He purchased Pixar from George Lucas in 1986 but hadn’t put a lot of effort into the company until now.
Jobs wanted to be the first to create a totally computer-animated feature film. He signed a deal with Disney and began working on Toy Story. After Toy Story’s success, Jobs officially put Pixar on the public stock market. The prices skyrocketed.
Not long after his successful film release, NeXT Computer Co. was bought by Apple. Jobs was given a job there. He became an advisor to C.E.O. Gilbert Amelio, but he was soon fired when the company took a major financial loss. Jobs took back his old position as C.E.O. To keep the company afloat, Jobs made an agreement with Microsoft. They invested in Apple’s stock to give Apple some funding.
After Jobs pulled Apple out of the water, the company was generally successful. They churned out new products, such as the iMac, iPod, and eventually the iPhone.
In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He battled it for years. He resigned in 2011 and became a chairman of the board. He worked until he absolutely couldn’t work any longer. The last day he worked was the day before he died.
Steve Jobs was an influencer, a businessman, and an entrepreneur. There is no doubt that he started a revolution. His work is a big reason why everyone has home computers nowadays. He left behind an extraordinary legacy.