Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
Steve Jobs, in full Steven Paul Jobs, (born February 24, 1955, San Francisco, California, U.S.—died October 5, 2011, Palo Alto, California), co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple Inc.), and a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer era.
Steve Jobs was an American inventor, designer, and entrepreneur who was the co-founder, chief executive, and chairman of Apple Computer. Apple's revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.
Born in 1955 to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption, Jobs was smart but directionless, dropping out of college and experimenting with different pursuits before co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Jobs left the company in 1985, launching Pixar Animation Studios, then returned to Apple more than a decade later. Jobs died in 2011 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
So we’re sitting in the payphone trying to make a blue box call. And the operator comes back on the line. And we’re all scared and we’d try it again. … And she comes back on the line; we’re all scared so we put in money.
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He handed back the iPhone and they said "Thank you, sir" as Steve stepped into his car, closed the door, and was driven away. The family looked at the photo that Steve had taken and all agreed that it looked great. Then the iPhone was pocketed and they were on their way. And that was the last time I saw Steve Jobs (2011).
Awareness of his own thought processes - Great designers are very aware of their own thought processes. They are constantly interrogating themselves to think "why did I do that?", "what am I feeling annoyed by?", "why don't I use that product?", "why did I think this was supposed to be used this way?". From what I've heard, Steve Jobs was amazing at this.
As Robert Frost says, practice, practice, practice. Steve was amazingly focused, and had an incredible eye for detail. He’d practice for hours, tweaking every little thing until he felt the presentation was perfect.
Well, it depends how you look at him. He could be just another junkie having taken advantage of his techie friend Steve Wozniak who was rather an introvert. But still, it does not take away from him the credit of establishing Apple Inc. At a time when the 'Silicon' Valley was getting
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For years, Jobs was one of the lowest paid CEOs of any company. He accepted an annual salary of $1.00 to run the tech giant. Luckily for him, he owned over $2 billion worth of Apple stock. Other CEOs would later follow his example, as the leaders of Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin) and Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) took similar $1.00 salaries.
Jobs had a legendary temper. He was known for firing people over the slightest of errors, both at Apple and during his time at Pixar. When one of employees pleaded with him to stop being so rash, and at least give terminated employees a couple weeks notice, he replied, “”Okay,” he said, “but the notice is retroactive from two weeks ago.
For whatever reason, Jobs didn’t want to put a license plate on his car. So he took advantage of a California legal loophole that gave drivers six months to put plates on a new car by simply leasing a new identical model twice a year. He never explained his reason why. He also has a tendency to illegally park in designated handicapped parking spots, long before his health declined to the point where he actually needed them.
Jobs was known for making his email address publicly available and there are many stories of him actually answering a few of the probably thousands of random emails he received. He once famously told a customer who complained about the iPhone 4’s “antennaegate” problem to just “avoid holding it that way.” Brilliant.
He wasn’t always flippant in his responses though. In 2008 a customer named Matt McCoy emailed Jobs about a missing hard drive from a laptop he returned to an Apple Store. The next day, McCoy received a phone call (not just an email!) from Jobs himself, assuring him that the missing hard drive would be found and returned. It was, and Jobs takes the title of “Best Customer Service From a CEO.
Before iTunes existed, the choices for buying music were limited. You went to your local record store and bought the entire album for whatever it was priced at. Jobs wanted people to be able to pick and choose their favourite songs, and the music labels hated that concept. The labels felt they could make more money selling music in album form, rather than selling singles for $0.99. They were wrong. After Jobs finally convincing some of the major labels to come aboard, the rest fell in line and iTunes became a smash hit.
Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.
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