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Steve Jobs: Founder of Apple

An ingenious entrepreneur, inventor, visionary, but also a dreamer. All this was Steve Jobs.

An ingenious entrepreneur, inventor, visionary, but also a dreamer. All this was Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs – Childhood

Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, to US High School Student Joanne Schiebel and Syrian Student of Politics to Abdulfattach Jandal. Unfortunately, both students did not have enough money to help themselves and their children. That’s why they decided to adopt the baby. That’s why they decided to leave the baby to the adoption. After a few weeks, Paul and Clara Jobs took care of little Steve.

In 1961, the whole family moved to California, more specifically to Mountain View. The town is located in Palo Alto, an area where basic electronics such as radio, television, stereo, and computers began to be produced. Later, this area began to be called Silicon Valley, as silicon was very used here.

Steve did not do much at elementary school because he did not like learning very much. Before he started to go to elementary school, his parents taught him a lot. Clara taught him to read and Paul, to work with electronic. Steve later said that the elementary school was hard for him because all he wanted to do was read books and catch butterflies. He also became friends with Rick Farentin, and they were both great troublemakers. For example, in school, they succeeded in changing password combinations on a bicycle lock. On the other times, they used to put explosives to teachers draw. They were often suspended and split to different classes to prevent them to spend time together and to invent shenanigans.

First, who realized Jobs unwillingness to study was the teacher from fourth grade Imogen Hill. It only took her month before she found out how to work with him and attract his interest in the study. The teacher paid him $5 of her own money each time he completed the exercise. She often bought him a training session for various projects like for example building of camera. Steve, of course, liked his teacher. Later he claimed that this period of his life was really great and that he had learned more in this school year than in his lifetime.

You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Thanks to Imogene Hill and her methods, Steve became one of the best students in the classroom. His results in school tests were so high that they were at the secondary school level. So the school proposed to let him skip two grades in order to keep his study and to not get bored. According to his parents, it was not a good idea, but they agreed to skip one grade. Unfortunately, Steve could not fit in with other elderly students, and they always laughed at him.

Steve at Crittenden High School was very bullied. It was a difficult situation for him, especially in his 11 years. Eventually, he could no longer suffer bullying, so one day he came to his parents and told them he wanted to go to another school and he would not go to Crittenden anymore. Parents saw how much he was unhappy and agreed. So they moved to Los Altos and Steve went to Cupertino Junior High. For Steve, this was a new challenge and, in particular, the end of bullying.

A young student never joined a group at school. Sometimes he looked like a real scientific nerd:

  • At the science fair, he came up with a silicon rectifier, which he himself set up and which could control the alternating current
  • he signed up on the subject of the electronics, but a year later he finished
  • he participated in a meeting at the school’s electronic club
  • visited the NASA flight simulator

He was also interested in art and literature. He studied Shakespeare and was absorbed by classical films. For some time, he took a swimming lesson, and later he began with water polo. However, he finished after the coach advised him to interfere with his knee in the weak. Then he decided to start playing on the trumpet in the school band, and with several friends, he founded The Buck Fry Club.

Steve and work at Hewlett-Packard

Steve has been attending the Hewlett-Packard Explorer Club at a young age, where he watched as engineers present their ideas for improving electronics. And he also saw his first computer. He was very impressed and knew he wanted to work with computers in his adulthood.

One day he was making the project to school, but he did not have a few parts to complete the project. Steve knew very well, that Hewlett-Packard is located, near to his house making the necessary parts. So he called the director of that time, Willam Hewlett if he did not have a few components. Hewlett was so impressed by Steve that he offered him a summer brigade in the company. Steve has earned a lot of money, but unfortunately, he has never received another brigade in HP.

Jobs and Wozniak

Steve met with another man who lived nearby. His name was Steve Wozniak, but his friends called him “Woz”. Steve was completely impressed with him, since he was the first person he knew, and he knew more about the electronics than he did. Both were very great friends, and they devised useful things about electronics. They even invented a joking project that involved the production and sale of so-called “blue boxes”. Their owners could make long distance calls around the world without any charges. Woz even called the Pope to the Vatican and pretended to be Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger. So Steve recognized an ideal friend for him. Not only in electronics but also in cleverness.

Steve was a pescetarian and his favorite food was fish. One period he ate only fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables.

After graduating from high school in 1972, he decided that it was time to find a part-time job and earn money. For some reason, he did not return to Hewlett-Packard and instead received a job in which he dressed as a character from Alice in Wonderland at the Westgate department store in San Jose. Woz also needed money, so he joined Steve. This brigade earned them a total of $3 per hour, which was 50 cents more than the minimum wage at the time. Together with them, had brigade even Steve ex-girlfriend. She was dressed for Alice, and both Steves took the role of a white rabbit and a Hatter.

Steve was admitted to the prestigious Reed College in Portland. Unfortunately, his parents could not afford to pay a scholarship, so he left school after half a year. Instead of finding a part-time job, he attended lectures in the subject of typography. Here he acquainted himself with various types of fonts and art prints. The course was conducted by the Trappist monk, and these lectures were really important to Steve because the effect of Typography on Jobs had later influenced the Macintosh fonts.

Steve dropped one semester at a college just to travel to India to explore religion and experiment with drugs.

However, in this important part of his life, Steve was totally broken. He was sleeping on the floor in his friends’ rooms, returning empty Coca-Cola bottles to get money for food. He also often went on a seven-mile-long trip to the Hare Krishna Temple on Sunday. Where he could get food for free

First Apple Computer

Both Steves decided in 1976 to join forces and create a first working computer. So they created a small company named Apple Computer Company, and in a smaller garage they started planning and compiling a computer that should be affordable for businesses and households. Unfortunately, they both did not have enough money to buy the necessary hardware for their future computers. To get $1,300, Jobs had to sell his microbus and Wozniak calculator. Every day and night, they assembled and tested their first computer, simply called Apple I.

The designation of “Apple” was invented by Steve Jobs, as he frequently visited organic farms and collected apples.

Apple I contained the 6502 microprocessor from MOS Technology. The memory capacity was 4 kB, but it was up to 8 kB. The graphics projection was performed using a conventional TV modulator. The data storage option was implemented through the cassette interface of the computer to load and store programs at 1200 bit/s.

The first customer was Paul Terell, who owned The Byte Shop. Terell wanted to order 50 pieces of complete and assembled computers. For each piece delivered, he would pay $ 666.66. Steve, of course, did not hesitate to accept the order.

Jobs and Wozniak in 1977 redesigned and modified the original Apple I, created a second computer called Apple II. During the first year of sales, they exceeded 2.7 million dollars. During three years of sales, they have risen to $200 million.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Competition in computer sales began to rise considerably in 1980. Steve has been forced to invent and create a new line of computers that should defeat the competition. So Apple introduced Apple III. Unfortunately, the new model suffered in technical and marketing problems. Apple III. it was withdrawn from the sale and later adjusted.

In 1983 Steve introduced Apple Lisa. Lisa was designed for low-cost users who wanted a minimal computer experience. Unfortunately, Lisa did not sell very well, as it was more expensive than computers from competitors. Apple’s biggest competitor was International Business Machines (IBM).

Typically dressed Steve was wearing the black turtleneck Croix, long sleeves, blue jeans Levi’s 501 and New Balance 992 sneakers.


A year later, Jobs introduced a revolutionary model called Macintosh. Small pictures called icons appeared on the display. The user goes to and clicked the icon on a new device named mouse. The Macintosh was very easy to use. Unfortunately, the situation was repeated like Lisa. Due to competitors, the Macintosh was hardly sold at all. The failure of the Macintosh has signaled the fall of Steve in Apple. That’s why Steve in 1985 resigned from the firm.

The buttons on the screen have been so appealing that you have the desire to lick them


After leaving, Steve founded a new company called NeXT. The company was focused on the development and production of powerful workstations designed for companies and universities. In 1988, NeXT introduced its first computer, and in 1990 NeXTstation. In total, NeXTs sold around 50,000 units. The company perished in 1997.


In 1986 Steve bought a small company called Pixar from the filmmaker George Lucas. Pixar specializes in computer animation. Nine years later, Pixar released an animated film blockbuster called Toy Story. Then followed Toy Story 2 and a Bugs Life. All of these films have been a huge success.

People don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s why I never rely on market research.

Fateful illness

In 2005, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was, however, a rare form that was surgically treatable, as Steve said in his famous Stanford speech. Steve for 9 months delayed surgery and believed that the cancer was disposed of by the use of alternative medicine. After his health worsened, Steve regretted his decision.

In January 2009, he suspended his duties as a director for health reasons. In April of that year, he underwent liver transplantation.

Unfortunately, the pancreatic tumor metastasized. The immediate cause of death was a paucity of breath that caused the spread of pancreatic cancer to other organs. Jobs has suffered his illness on October 5, 2011.

I work only with geniuses, throw away idiots!