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Steve Jobs

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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Why Is Steve Jobs Important?:

Steve Jobs is the co-founder of Apple Computers, the makers of well-designed, well-coordinated, and good-looking personal home computers.

Steve Jobs teamed together with Steve Wozniak to invent one of the first ready-made personal home computer.

Steve Jobs was also a smart business who became a multimillionaire before the age of thirty. In 1984, Steve Jobs founded NeXT computers. In 1986, he bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd and started Pixar Animation Studios.

What Impact Did Steve Jobs Have On The History of Computers?:

Steve Jobs co-invented the Apple I and Apple II computers together with Steve Wozniak (main designer) and others. The Apple II is noted as the first commercially successful line of personal computers. In 1984, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and others co-invented the Apple Macintosh computer, the first successful home computer with a mouse-driven graphical user.

Steve Jobs Quotes:

Woz[niak] was the first person I met who knew more about electronics than I did.

A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.

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

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.

Steve Jobs - Biography:

Steve Jobs was born on February 24 1955, in Los Altos California. During his high school years, Jobs worked summers at Hewlitt-Packard, it was there that he first met his future business partner Steve Wozniak.

He studied as an undergraduate: physics, literature, and poetry, at Reed College, Oregon, an interesting combination of subjects. Steve Jobs formally only attended only one semester at Reed College, however, he remained at Reed crashing on friend's sofas and auditing courses including a calligraphy class, which he attributes as being the reason Apple computers had such elegant typefaces.

 

Atari

After leaving Orefon in 1974 and returning to California, Steve Jobs started working for Atari, an early pioneer manufacturer of personal computers. Jobs' close personal friend Steve Wozniak was also working for Atari, and the future founders of Apple teamed together to design games for Atari computers.

 

Hacking

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak also proved their chops as hackers, and designed a telephone blue box. A blue box was an electronic device that simulated a telephone operator's dialing console and provided the user with free phone calls. Steve Jobs spent plenty of time at Wozniak's Homebrew Computer Club, a haven for computer geeks and a source of invaluable information about the field of personal computers.

 

Out of Mom and Pop's Garage

Jobs and Wozniak had learned enough to try their hand at building personal computers. Using Steve Job's family garage as a base of operation, the team produced fifty fully assembled computers that were sold to a local Mountain View electronics store called the Byte Shop. The sale encouraged the pair to found the Apple Corporation on April 1, 1979.

 

Apple Corporation

The Apple Corporation was named after Steve Job's favorite fruit. The Apple logo was a representation of the fruit with a bite taken out of it. The bite represented a play on words - bite and byte.

During the early 80's, Steve Jobs controlled the business side of the Apple Corporation and Steve Wozniak, the design side. However, in 1984 a power struggle with the board of directors caused Steve Jobs to leave Apple.

NeXT

After things at Apple got a little rotten, Steve Jobs founded NeXT, a high-end computer company. Ironically Apple bought NeXT in 1996, and Steve Jobs returned to Apple to serve once more as its CEO from 1997 until his recent retirement in 2011.

The NeXT was an amazing workstation computer that sold poorly. The world's first web browser was created on a NeXT, and the technology in NeXT software was transferred to the Macintosh and the iPhone.

Disney Pixar

In 1986, Steve Jobs bought "The Graphics Group" from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division for ten million dollars. The company was later renamed Pixar. At first Jobs intended that Pixar become a high-end graphic hardware developer, but that goal was not well achieved, and Pixar moved on to do what it does best - make animated films. Steve Jobs negotiated Pixar and Disney to collaborate on a number of animated films including Toy Story. In 2006, Disney bought Pixar from Steve Jobs.

 

Expanding Apple

After Steve Jobs return to Apple as CEO in 1997, Apple Computers has had a renaissance in product development with the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad and more.

Before his death, Steve Jobs was listed as the inventor and/or co-inventor on 342 United States patents, with technologies ranging from computer and portable devices, user interfaces, speakers, keyboards, power adapters, staircases, clasps, sleeves, lanyards and packages. His last patent was issued for the Mac OS X Dock user interface and was granted the day before his death.

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