As a tribute to Steve Jobs, here is a summary of the significant events of his life that made him the entrepreneur, leader, innovator and visionary.
- Born Feb 24, 1955, to Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, was put up for adoption. Father was a Syrian political science professor, mother was a speech therapist.
- Shortly after Steve was placed for adoption, his biological parents married and had a 2nd child, Mona Simpson. Jobs as 27 when he uncovered information on his biological parents.
- As an infant, Steven was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs and named “Steven Paul Jobs”.
- As a boy, Jobs and his father would work on electronics in the family garage.
- While Jobs has always been an intelligent and innovative thinker, his youth was riddled with frustrations over formal schooling – Jobs tested so well, however, that administrators wanted to skip him ahead to high school—a proposal his parents declined.
- After enrolling in high school, Jobs spent his free time at Hewlett-Packard where he befriended computer club guru Steve Wozniak.
Steve Wozniak, Co-founder Apple Computers:
“When I heard the news, my mind just went blank, like I’d been clobbered with a hammer,” Wozniak said on the show, which airs on CBS, the company that owns CNET. “I didn’t expect it more than anyone else. Over night, a lot of the memories [came back]: things that we did together, how important they were, the way that Steve thought, and he talked, and his leadership from the early days, and the way he founded things. It’s like my head is swirling in it.”
- After high school, Jobs enrolled at Reed College. He soon dropped out of college but attended creative classes for 18 months.
- In 1974, Jobs took a position as a video game designer with Atari. Several months later he left Atari to find spiritual enlightenment in India.
- In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computers.
- Jobs and Wozniak are credited with revolutionizing the computer industry- The two conceived a series of user-friendly personal computers that they initially marketed for $666.66 each. Their first model, the Apple I, earned them $774,000.
- Three years after the release of the Apple II, sales increased 700 percent to $139 million dollars.
Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and former Apple chief evangelist:
“May Steve rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones. No CEO has done more for his customers, employees, and shareholders than Steve.”
“He changed the world — my world, your world, the entire world. His words to live by: ‘There must be a better way.”
“You changed our lives, Steve, and you showed us that there is a better way. . .we will miss you.”
- In 1980, Apple Computer went public with a market value of $1.2 billion on the 1st day!
- In 1985, Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO to begin a new hardware and software company called NeXT, Inc. – The following year Jobs purchased an animation company from George Lucas, which later became Pixar Animation Studios. Apple eventually bought NeXT Inc. in 1997 for $429 million. That year, Jobs returned to his post as Apple’s CEO.
- Believing in Pixar’s potential, Jobs initially invested $50 million of his own money into the company. Pixar’s films have netted $4 billion. – The studio merged with Walt Disney in 2006, making Steve Jobs Disney’s largest shareholder.
- Steve Jobs remained a private man who rarely discloses information about his family. What is known is Jobs fathered a daughter with girlfriend Chrisann Brennan when he was 23 who from teenage came to live with her father.
- In the early 1990s, Jobs met Laurene Powell at Stanford business school. They married on March 18, 1991, and lived together in Palo Alto, California, with their three children.
- With a new management team and self-imposed salary of $1, Jobs put Apple back on track.
Steve Jobs – Interview Wall Street Journal 1993
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”
- His ingenious products such as the iMac, effective branding campaigns, and stylish designs caught the attention of consumers once again.
Mark Cuban, Internet entrepreneur and billionaire:
“He was a once-in-a-generation mind. His ability to understand and translate pop culture was second to none. He will be missed.”
- In 2003, the same year as the launch of iTunes, Jobs was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor, a rare but operable form of pancreatic cancer. Instead of surgery, Jobs chose to alter his pescovegetarian diet. In 2004, he had surgery to remove the pancreatic tumor.
- In recent years, Apple has introduced such revolutionary products as the Macbook Air, iPod, iPhone and iPad all of which have dictated the evolution of modern technology.
- Since then whenever Apple releases a new product, competitors scramble to launch products to compete but Apple always leads the way in design and user experience.
Bill Gates, founder of Apple rival Microsoft:
“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.”
“Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.”
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
- Since 2009 when he underwent a liver transplant until he recently resigned his post as CEO, Steve Jobs has been plagued with further health issue whilst fulfilling some of his greatest achievements.
- In 2011 Jobs completed his greatest commercial achievement, making Apple the worlds largest tech firm with capital value of over $360bn
U.S. President Barack Obama:
“By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike.”
Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: He changed the way each of us sees the world.”
“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”