How Steve Jobs Started




1955 — Born

Steven Paul Jobs was born February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California, from a Syrian and Swiss-German parents.

Was given for adoption with conditions

Steve’s biological parents ensured that the adopters would be Catholic, well-educated, and wealthy.

Starts in a new family

Paul and Clara Jobs became Steve’s new parents.

1965 — Learns electronic thinkering

Steve develops a passion for electronics from his father’s garage.

Learns to read before school

Steve demonstrates ability to excel and learn fast.

Attends Homestead High School,

Which had strong ties to Silicon Valley. He began his first year there in late 1968 along with Bill Fernandez, which would be introduced by Jobs to Steve Wozniak, and would later be Apple’s first employee

Make money with Woz’s illegal bluebox for free long distance calls

Jobs later reflected that had it not been for Wozniak’s blue boxes, “there wouldn’t have been an Apple”. He states it showed them that they could take on large companies and beat them.

1972 — Goes to Reed college, drops out after one semester

Realizing the college education wasn’t worth his parent’s money, Steve makes a crucial decision and drops out and he decides to drop into creative classes like Calligraphy

Takes into spiritual journey in India

With Daniel Kotke, together they embard on a journey together in the spiritual land to find themselves and discover the meaning of life

Returns back home

Jobs had changed his appearance; his head was shaved and he wore traditional Indian clothing

1974 — Experiments with Psychedelics

Jobs later called his LSD experiences as,“one of the two or three most important things that he had done in his life”. He spent a period at the All One Farm, a commune in Oregon that was owned by Robert Friedland.

Gets old job back at Atari

Atari’s cofounder Nolan Bushnell later described him as “difficult but valuable”, pointing out that “he was very often the smartest guy in the room, and he would let people know that.

1976 — Officially starts Apple Computer Company in Garage

The two decided on the name “Apple” after Jobs returned from the All One Farm commune in Oregon and told Wozniak about his time spent in the farm’s apple orchard.

Start selling Apple I

By March 1976, Wozniak completed the basic design of the Apple I computer and showed it to Jobs, who suggested that they sell it.

Daughter named Lisa

Sudden news struck Steve as his girlfriend Chrisann became pregant and gave birth to Lisa.

Creates Apple LISA

Inspired by his daughter’s name, The Lisa was the first personal computer to offer a graphical user interface in a machine aimed at individual business users.

Discovers Xerox’s GUI

Through his visit at Xerox park, Steve came across an device that is an interface between the man and the machine.

1984 — Spend 1M on 1984 commercial for Mac

1984" uses an unnamed heroine to represent the coming of the Macintosh (indicated by a Picasso-style picture of the computer on her white tank top) as a means of saving humanity from the conformity of IBM’s attempts to dominate the computer industry.

The ad alludes to George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, which describes a dystopian future ruled by a televised “Big Brother.”

Gets fired from Apple

After the failure of Macintosh, Steve was forced out of Apple by the board and CEO John Sculley

1985 — Starts NeXT

The NeXT Computer was introduced in 1988 at a lavish launch event. Using the NeXT Computer, Tim Berners-Lee created the world’s first web browser, the WorldWideWeb

Invests in Pixar

In 1986, Jobs funded the spinout of The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division for the price of $10 million, $5 million of which was given to the company as capital and $5 million of which was paid to Lucasfilm for technology rights.

The first film produced by Pixar with its Disney partnership, Toy Story (1995), with Jobs credited as executive producer.

1997 — Sells Next To Apple

Apple bought Next. After 10 years, leading to Jobs’s taking over as CEO of the company he co-founded. With his return, Jobs brought a management structure and set of cultural norms that has continued to shape Apple to this day.

Meet Jony Ive His Spiritual Partner At Apple

Steve meets Jony at Apple and shared similar viewpoints in life.

2001 — Imac, Ipod, ITunes

Steve Jobs brought Apple back from the dead by making new product line with new innovations.

Diagnosed With Cancer

In mid 2004, he announced to his employees that he had a cancerous tumor in his pancreas

Refuses to Have Surgery

For nine months he refused to undergo surgery for his pancreatic cancer — a decision he later regretted as his health declined.

2007 — Introduces iPhone

Apple introduces the iPhone, which would revolutionize an entire industry

Sells Pixar To Disney

On January 24, 2006, Jobs and Iger announced that Disney had agreed to purchase Pixar in an all-stock transaction worth $7.4 billion

Gets a liver transplant

In April 2009, Jobs underwent a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee.

2010 — Introduced iPad

Apple introduces the iPad after Steve’s return to Apple and the first iPad was released on April 3, 2010.

2011 — Announces resignation

On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO, writing to the board, “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Passes away

Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California home around on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, which resulted in respiratory arrest.

He had lost consciousness the day before and died with his wife, children, and sisters at his side. His sister, Mona Simpson, described his death thus: “Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.’” He then lost consciousness and died several hours later

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