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Steve Paul Jobs, or simply Steve Jobs, was an American innovator and entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Inc., which revolutionized technology through the Mac, Macbook, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
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Early Life and Interests
- Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California. He was the adopted son of Clara, an accountant, and Paul Jobs, a machinist. When he was 27, Jobs learned about his birth parents, Joanne Simpson, a speech therapist, and John Jandali, a Syrian political science professor.
Young Steve grew up in San Francisco, California. He and his father used to work in their garage disassembling and reconstructing electronic parts.
Jobs enrolled at Homestead High School, where he met 18year-old Steve Wozniak, a student of the University of California, and his future partner in creating Apple Computer.
He attended Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, after high school. After attending college for six months, Jobs got bored and dropped out of school.
By 1974, he became a video game designer for Atari. After several months and still no direction, Jobs traveled to India looking for spiritual enlightenment. For seven months, he wandered India and studied Zen Buddhism.
The Birth and Journey of Apple
- In 1976, computer geeks Jobs and Wozniak started hanging out. Wozniak developed his own personal computer and Jobs was impressed by his electronic genius. At Job’s family garage, the two envisioned their own computer company. In order to earn capital, Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus, while Wozniak bade goodbye to his scientific calculator.
- After three years, Apple II was released and Jobs started to seek investors and marketing experts.
- At the age of 21, Jobs along with Wozniak formed Apple Computer and started selling their first computer model, Apple I.
- The two were credited with producing smaller, cheaper and accessible computers. At first, they sold each computer unit for $666.66.
- A few years later, Apple released Apple III and the Lisa, in 1980 and 1983 respectively. Both were unsuccessful due to design flaws and rocketing sales of IBM’s PC. In 1984, Apple released Macintosh. It was their first mass-market personal computer with a graphical user interface, and built-in mouse and screen. Amidst success, sales for Macintosh ranked 2nd to IBM’s PC as IBM was able to produce cheaper and open concept computers. Apple CEO John Sculley and company executives blamed Jobs and phased him out.
- In 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple. With his eagerness to create computers, he established a new hardware and software company called NeXT Inc. Jobs began to sell high-end personal computers and sales were low. Instead, he ventured into developing software which gained considerable success.
- After a year, he invested $50 million and bought the animation company of George Lucas. It was later known as Pixar Animation Studios that produced movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.
- In 1996, Apple bought NeXT Inc., and by 1997, Jobs returned to Apple as its CEO. He revitalized the company with a new team. His branding campaigns and designs put Apple on track again. In the succeeding years, Apple released revolutionary products including the iPod (2001), Macbook (2006), iPhone (2007) and iPad (2010).
- In 2008, sales of music software iTunes, and iPod, a music player, made Apple the second-largest music retailer in the United States.
Later Life, Death and Legacy
- On March 18, 1991, Jobs married Laurene Powell, with whom he had three children, Reed Paul, Erin Siena, and Eve. Jobs also had a daughter with former-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan. Initially, he refused to acknowledge the child, but she later lived with him as a teen.
- In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare but operable type of pancreatic cancer. After a year, he finally had surgery. His health updates remained private.
- In 2006, Pixar Studios merged with Walt Disney and continued to produce popular animated films.
- By 2010, he led the unveiling of Apple’s new product, the iPad. He took medical leave in January 2011, and by August he resigned as Apple’s CEO. Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer became CEO.
- On October 5, 2011, at the age of 56, Steve Jobs died from pancreatic cancer. He was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California.
- Apple ranked no.1 in Fortune magazine’s list of most admired companies in the U.S. and Jobs as the greatest entrepreneur of all time. In addition, he is also considered one of the great innovators of the 21st century.
- In 2013, Jobs hit the cinema starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. Two years later, Danny Boyle directed Steve Jobs. That same year, Rick Tetzeli wrote the autobiography, Becoming Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Steve Jobs Facts
- The Name is Steve
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- Lisa to Magic Mouse
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- Parts and Functions
- Apple Evolution
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- Apple in 2013
- The Vision of Technology
- Looking Back
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