When the first orders for the Apple I computer arrived, Steve Jobs had to sell his car in order to raise money to fill the orders. By the time Jobs developed the Apple II, he was on steadier ground as his company was earning $130 million in revenue per year.
Yes, the life story of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, is a unique one.
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955 to an American mother and a Syrian father. He was given up for adoption and raised by Paul Jobs can his wife Clara. Steve Jobs grew up in Mountain View, CA, a region now known as the “silicon valley” due to being the epicenter of the computer industry. This is thanks in large part to the innovations of Steve Jobs.
Jobs developed an interest in computers in High School
after attending a series of lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company. He later worked as a summer intern for the company where he would meet his future business partner Steve Wozniak. Jobs enrolled in college in Portland but quickly dropped out after a single semester. He eventually landed a low-level position as a technician for the Atari Company. To interview Steve Jobs for the position may have been innocuous at the time, but it would set the stage for a technological revolution.
To say Jobs was the model corporate employee would not exactly be an accurate assessment. Jobs quit Atari and went backpacking around India where he became a New Age hippie. Eventually, he returned to California and Atari where his work ethic and innovative style made him a prized employee. He also maintained his long-standing friendship with Wozniak, which led to an amazing discovery that would not only change Steve Jobs’ life; it would change the face of the world…
Wozniak had invented a small computer for his personal use. Jobs was impressed with this “toy” and convinced Wozniak to mass-produce the computer for sale on the open market. In 1976, the two founded the Apple Computer Company. As previously mentioned, the Apple I and Apple II computers were significant successes. The Apple Company grew tremendously in size and remained a major name in computers well into the 1980’s.
Jobs served as CEO until 1986
when he was shockingly ousted from the company he founded. Jobs tried to compete against Apple by founding a company called NeXT Computer. However, this company never achieved the success of his other ventures. Since Apple was floundering without Jobs, he was brought back as CEO. To make a statement about his desire to return Apple to profitability, Jobs accepted a salary of only $1 a year. And, yes, Jobs did help turn the company’s fortunes around.
Under Jobs’ leadership,
Apple produced, developed, and sold a variety of innovative operating systems, software programs, and, of course, computers. He would later branch out into the entertainment world when he co-founded Pixar Entertainment. Pixar released such classics as FINDING NEMO and THE INCREDIBLES making it the only modern animation studio to truly be able to compete with Disney.
Under Jobs’ leadership, Apple continued to grow into one of the most successful corporations in history. The company’s most recent successes have been the iPod, iTunes, and the iPhone. All of which have delivered combined revenues well into the tens of billions of dollars. Needless to say, the life of Steve Jobs has been one of unparalleled success.