Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computers. The company was able to pioneer several innovative technologies under Jobs’ leadership, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
Who was Steve Job?
American inventor, designer, and entrepreneur Steven Paul Jobs was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Computer. Apple’s groundbreaking products (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) are widely considered to have influenced the development of modern technology.
Steve Jobs Adoption and Parents:
Steve Jobs was born to parents Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah “John” Jandali (two University of Wisconsin graduate students). They gave up their unnamed son to adopt.
Clara and Paul Jobs adopted Steve Jobs as an infant and gave him the name Steven Paul Jobs. Clara was an accountant, while Paul was a Coast Guard veteran who worked as a machinist.
Early Life and Education:
Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955. His adoptive family lived in Mountain View, California. This is the region that would become Silicon Valley.
Jobs worked in his garage as a boy on electronics with his father. Paul taught his son how to disassemble and rebuild electronics. This hobby instilled confidence in Jobs and gave him the ability to be tenacious and mechanical prowess.
Jobs was an innovative and intelligent thinker who was also a great leader, but his youth was filled with frustrations about formal education.
Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, after graduating from high school. He was unsure of his direction and dropped out of college after just six months. Instead, he spent the next 18 months taking creative classes at the school. Jobs later recalled how he fell in love with typography after taking a calligraphy course.
Atari hired jobs in 1974 as a game designer. Jobs left Atari several months later to seek spiritual enlightenment and travel further in India. He also experimented with psychedelic substances.
Founding Apple Computer:
When Jobs was just 21 years old, he and Wozniak founded Apple Computer in their family garage in 1976. Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus, and Wozniak sold his beloved scientific calculator to fund their venture. Jobs and Wozniak are the ones who revolutionized the computer industry with Apple. They democratized technology, making it more accessible, smaller, and cheaper for everyday users.
Wozniak designed a series of user-friendly personal computers. Jobs was in charge of marketing, and Apple sold the computers at $666.66 each. The Apple I profited the company $774,000. The company’s sales grew 700% to $139 Million three years after the Apple II was released.