Steve Jobs – The Tech Genius
He was born Steven Paul Jobs on February 24th , 1955 in San Francisco, California, U.S. and he died October 5th, 2011 (aged 56) in Palo Alto, California, U.S. He was born to a Syrian family. His father known as Abdulfattah Jandali was a Syrian political science professor, and his mother, Joanne Schieble
While studying at Wisconsin Jandali started dating a German-Swiss Catholic named Joanne Carol Schieble. However, her parents were not happy with the relationship and even threatened to pull her out of university if she continued her relationship with Jandali. Despite her parents’ disapproval, they continued the relationship. After spending the summer with Jandali in Syria, she became pregnant with his child and went to San Francisco where she gave birth to a baby boy. She then gave him up for adoption and returned to her hometown. Her son, who was subsequently adopted by a couple in San Francisco, Paul Jobs and Clara Hawaiian, and
would grow up to become the co-founder of ‘Apple Inc.’
Clara worked as an accountant and Paul his father was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. The family lived in Mountain View, California, which would later become known as Silicon Valley. As a boy, Jobs and his father would work on electronics in the family garage. His father showed Steve how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, a hobby that became him later in life. In school he was disinterested in formal education, bored and frustrated with subjects he found irrelevant to him.
After high school, Jobs got into Reed College. Lacking direction as to what career path to follow. Jobs dropped out of college and accidentally joined a calligraphy course. .He had no idea how this would benefit his career. He was just interested in it. But 10 years later, when he designed the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to him. And he designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If he had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. But it was very clear looking backward 10 years later.
In 1974, Jobs took a position as a video game designer with Atari. After some months though Jobs decided to go to India with his friend Dan Kottke. on a mission to discover more and get a better understanding on life. India both traumatized Jobs and changed his life. He experienced the reality of poverty, bouts of illness and eventually got robbed. He returned, a Buddhist and a more focused and tough individual.
Jobs’ real career began in 1976 when he rekindled his friendship with high school mate Steve Wozniak who was working at Hewlett-Packard at the time. Together, the two Steves launched a startup called Apple Computer from Jobs’ garage in Palo Alto, California.
They funded the venture with Jobs selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his scientific calculator. To get the first order together Jobs met Paul Terrell from Homebrew computer Club that Wozinak had attended and he agreed to place an order for 50 fully assembled machines. They built the first Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer making 200 of them and selling them for $666.66. All but 25 were sold within nine or ten months.
In 1977 they brought out the second edition of the Apple II. The new computer was more user-friendly featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, colour graphics, and a floppy disk drive. To help take the company to the next level and build hundreds of computers, Mike Markulla came on board, guaranteeing $250,000 line of credit in return for a third of equity in Apple stock. They worked out the paperwork and on January 3rd, 1977 Apple Computer Co. was officially born. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. The second edition was a tremendous success, with first-year sales topping $3 million. Two years later, sales ballooned to $200 million.
Jobs and Wozniak are credited with revolutionizing the computer industry with Apple by democratizing the technology and making machines cheaper, smaller, intuitive and accessible to everyday consumers all over the world.
In 1981, Wozniak went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. It was around this time Apple went through some serious difficulties with prices too high for the everyday consumer. Jobs fell out with the Directors and staff and in 1983 he was fired from his own company. He eventually sold his shares of Apple stock and resigned in 1985.
He eventually went to launch NeXT another Tech company and his biggest deal came when he purchased Pixar Animation Studios, from George Lucas in 1986. After cutting a deal with Disney, Jobs set out to create the first ever computer-animated feature film “Toy Story” which was a huge success. Jobs took Pixar public in 1996, and by the end of the first day of trading, his 80 percent share of the company was worth $1 billion. After nearly 10 years of struggling, Jobs had finally hit it big. But the best was yet to come.
Within days of Pixar’s arrival on the stock market, Apple bought NeXT and re-appointed Jobs to help the struggling company around. After developing a new line of home desktops Apple quickly returned to profitability, boasting sales of $5.9 billion by 1998. Over the next decade, the company rolled out a series of revolutionary products, including the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone handset in 2007 and then the iPad in 2010. These devices changed technology forever.
In the year 2003, it was revealed that Jobs had a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare but operable form of pancreatic cancer. He battled his illness for many years while continuing to work and unveil new products. However, in January 2011, Jobs announced he was going on medical leave. In August, he resigned as CEO of Apple, handing the reigns to Cook, Jobs died in Palo Alto on October 5, 2011. He was 56 years old.
Steve Jobs invented what humanity will never forget for a long time.