“Things donít have to change the world to be important.”
“Details matter, itís worth waiting to get it right.”
“Youíve baked a really lovely cake, but then youíve used dog shit for frosting.”
“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
“A lot of times, people donít know what they want until you show it to them.”
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesnít matter to me. Going to bed at night saying weíve done something wonderful, thatís what matters to me.”
“Let's go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Steve Jobs, was an American inventor and co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. was born in San Francisco, California on February 24th, 1955 and adopted at birth by Paul Reinhold Jobs and Clara Jobs. In high school, Jobs befriended Steve Wozniak-a computer and electronics genius. The two would later go on to create Apple Computer Company.
In 1973, Jobs took a job as a technician at Atari Inc. While working for Atari, Jobs was tasked with creating circuit boards for the arcade game Breakout. Atari Inc. offered a $100 reward for each microchip that was eliminated from these circuit board designs. Jobs, not knowing much about circuit boards, made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee for every chip Wozniak eliminated. The two eventually eliminated 50 microchips, making the game's design so airtight that the game could not be produced on an assembly line.
Three years later, in 1976, Wozniak invented the Apple I computer and, along with Jobs, formed Apple Computer Company in Jobs' parents' garage. The new company received funding from Mike Markkula, a then-retired product-marketing manager and engineer for Intel. In 1980, Apple aired a commercial introducing the Macintosh, first invented by Apple employee Jef Raskin, to great acclaim. In 1983, Jobs recruited John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola as Apple's CEO. However, over time Jobs and Sculley's relationship deteriorated. With the permission of Apple's board of directors, Sculley removed Jobs from all roles save chairman. Jobs resigned his position later that year.
After leaving Apple in 1985, Jobs founded NeXT Inc., a computer platform development company, for $7 million. Jobs released the NeXT workstation in 1990 to low sales but by 1996, when Apple had not created an operating system, the company turned to the NeXTSTEP platform which eventually became the foundation of Mac OS X. In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division for $10 million. The company, later renamed Pixar, went on to produce movies like Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., earning critical acclaim.
In 1996, when Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy, Jobs returned as an advisor and interim CEO. Jobs bought the company and returned it to profitability within two years. As CEO, Jobs oversaw the development and release of the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iTunes store, Apple retail store and App store-making Apple the world's most valuable publicly traded company by 2011. The Walt Disney Company bought acquired Pixar for $7.4 billion and made Jobs a member of the board of directors, making Jobs the Walt Disney Company's largest single shareholder.
In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreas neroendocrine tumor. In 2009, Jobs underwent a liver transplant and was put on medical leave. In August, 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO and was elected Chairman of the Board. Jobs died on October 5th, 2011, due to complications of the tumor.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”Martin Luther King Jr.