Steve Jobs – Apple Inc

He changed the way the world uses computers, listens to music, watches film and connects wirelessly.

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The news of the passing of the co-founder of Apple Steve Jobs shocked the world, hitting Apple users particularly hard. Jobs is considered one of the greatest visionaries and technical innovators of our generation and is said to have a keen eye for detail and an overwhelming determination to make everyday technology ….’Simply beautiful’.  This vision helped create some of the best known and widely used technology products on the market today… Including the iPod, iPhone and iPad and not forgetting iTunes.  As many of you know it’s almost impossible to go even a moment without seeing at least one of these products in someone’s hands…the trademark white headphones hanging out of Peoples ears has become something of a fashion statement.

But what made this man such a success was not just his ideas (many people have great ideas)….nor his vision. But an ability to make people believe in the idea and vision…to understand the connection between simplicity and beauty, and ultimately to create.  It seems that he would strive to always be one step ahead of what the public wanted.  This vision was summed up in a quote he used in a speech made to Macworld in 2007 ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.‘ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will’ .

Steve later went on to start the NeXT computer company (later sold to Apple Inc) and co-founded Pixar (later sold to The Walt Disney company)

Background
Born on the 24th February 1955 Steve was adopted at birth by Paul & Clara Jobs.  He learnt basic electronics from his machinist father Paul, while his mother Clara worked as an accountant for a High-Tech firm in Silicone Valley.  Completing High school, He went on to study at the Reed College in Portland (Oregon), However, he DROPPED OUT after only one semester as he felt it was unfair on his working class parents to have to contribute much of their hard-earned money on high university fees.

Having dropped out of university Steve was able to drop in on a class that really interested him, classes such as Calligraphy. “It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5cents deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on” – Steve Jobs

Although he did not know at the time…his appreciation for the art would lead to the Apple Macintosh computers having multiple fonts styles (something which at the time was unavailable on any other computer system. Making Apple that little more unique) I guess you never know when and where life’s lessons will come in handy ey!

It is hard to imagine that Steve Jobs (with the help of Steve Wozniak) started developing Apple in his parents’ garage at the tender age of 20… Armed with just a single vision to ‘ change the world! ‘

10 years on the hard work and determination seemed to be paying off, they had developed Apple into a $2 billion company.  (The world was already changing!)

But then everything changed… Jobs hired the wrong person to market the company and as their visions diverged they eventually had a falling out.  The board of directors sided against jobs and so at 30 he was out… fired from the company he started!  “And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me, I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. – Steve Jobs 
*(extract taken from Steve Jobs commencement speech to Stanford university graduates in 2005)

Full commencement Speech: here

Apple struggled to survive without the great Steve Jobs and he was asked to returned to the company to save the sinking ship…He brought with him the valuable lessons he had learnt and crafted the company into the sleek, refined, tech leader it is today.

What is Apple now worth:

well according to Forbes 2016, Apple Inc is now worth approximate $586 Billion with over 110,000 employees.

What does that mean for Steve?

At the time of his Death, Steve Jobs estimated net worth was around $8.3 billion and his estate was worth roughly $15 Billion in 2015 but Steve’s Zen Buddhist lifestyle helped him to strive for more than just wealth, ultimately he achieved it…He changed the world!

Not bad for the adopted child, who dropped out of college and lost his company …I call that a DROPOUT SUCCESS!

 

 

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