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Steve Jobs

The Co-Founder of Apple

Steve Job is one of the founders of Apple. He was born on February 24, 1955, to Abdulfattah “John” Jandali and Joanne Schieble. Shortly after being born, he was put up for adoption and was adopted by Paul Jobs and Clara Hagopian. As a kid, he was very curious and worked on projects with his father in their garage. He was intelligent, but was often bored during school and even dropped out of college.

Steve Jobs first started Apple in his garage at the age of 21 with his friend Steve Wozniak, who he met during a summer job for HP. Steve Wozniak created a line of computers, Steve Jobs marketed the computer, and together they made a profit of $774,000. By 1980, Apple was a well-known company, but their following products received negative consumer reviews and the personal computer industry was dominated by IBM.

In 1983, John Sculley took over the role of CEO for Apple, and in the following year the Macintosh was released. The Macintosh did well, but was not able to surpass IBM. Newly appointed CEO John Sculley decided that Steve Jobs was hurting the company, and he forced him to take a smaller position, eventually leading to Jobs quitting Apple to create a new company – NeXT Inc.

Steve Jobs invested 12 million USD to create NeXT Inc. in 1968 after leaving Apple. NeXT unveiled its first product, a computer, in 1988, but the product did not sell well to the majority of Americans. However, it was used to create the first web browser. Its next product NeXTSTEP did better, but still didn’t sell much better this product was used to create games like Quake and Doom. Steve Jobs purchased an animation company from George Lucas in 1968 and invested 50 million USD of his own money. This company went on to become Pixar and was later sold to the Walt Disney Company.

In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple after the company had seen its worst-ever financial quarter. He went on to create the MacBook Air, iPod, and iPhone, and this is why he is credited with Apple’s revival in the 1990’s. Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, but he refused surgery before accepting surgery in 2004. Steve Jobs went on medical leave at the beginning of 2011 and retired in August of the same year. On October 5, 2011, at the age of 56, Steve Jobs passed away in his home from respiratory arrests due to his battles with pancreatic cancer. The innovator’s last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”

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