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Steve Jobs recently passed away at the age of 56. Steve Jobs “was” a genious who influenced billions of lives and a mentor to almost countless people in silicon valley and elsewhere.
As for those of you, who arent familiar with how this college dropout went ahead to become a legend you can go ahead and read this. Here is my tribute to Steve Jobs who was and always will be my mentor:
Steven Paul Jobs
Name: Steven Paul Jobs (Steve Jobs)
Born: 24th February 1955 (San Francisco, California, US)
Died: 5th October 2011 at the age of 56 (Palo Alto, California, US)
Companies Founded: Apple, NeXT, Pixar
Some Facts You May Not Know About Steve Jobs
Born To An Arab Father And Adopted
Steve Jobs was born to then unmarried graduate student Joanne Carole Schieble and a Syrian father Abdulfattah Jandali, but he was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs.
Steve Jobs dropped out of his college after one semester and in April 1976, he started his company Apple with another college dropout – Steve Wozniak in his family garage in Los Alto, California at the age of 21. Steve Wozniak was the ‘engineer’ and Steve jobs was the ‘sales’ guy.
Miilionare at 25
With the immense success of Apple II that revolutionized the personal computing arena with the advent of a GUI (Graphic User Interface) making it very very user friendly. It helped Apple go public in the year 1980 and made Steve Jobs a millionaire at the age of 25.
Kicked Out of The Company He Founded
In 1985, Steve Jobs got kicked out of his own company, Apple by John Sculley and what is ironical is that it was Steve Jobs who had hired John Sculley from Pepsi.
Jobs NeXT Animation
After being kicked out of his own company Steve Jobs went ahead to build another company NeXT, a rival to Mac n Windows and in 1986 he also started Pixar a computer animation studio which bagged a distribution deal with Walt Disney. Later on NeXT was bought by Apple n Pixar by Walt Disney.
Back To Apple
In 1995, when Apple Computer was at its all time low, Apple’s then CEO, Gil Amelio bought Steve Job’s NeXT. After 8 months of the acquisition Steve Jobs became the “interim” CEO when Amelio left and soon the company decided to drop “interim” from his title and Steve Jobs was back in control. Under his second reign Steve Jobs introduced iMac which combined computer and monitor into a single unit – it was the a stunning success that helped revive Apple completely.
Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer
In 2004, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer for which the doctors had thought he would not live for more than a few weeks.
Buddhist & Vegetarian
Often people havent realised that Steve Jobs is actually a Buddhist and a vegetarian
On 7th January 2007, Steve Jobs announced that Apple Computer Inc will be Apple inc since with the ground breaking success of iPod had made Apple more than just a computer company. And soon on June 2007 Apple introduced the iPhone that changed the entire monile arena.
Read Reports of His Own Death
He was surprised when he had the displeasure of reading his own obituary which accidentally published by financial newwire Bloomberg to all its subscribers. It was one of the most famous goof-up that spread like a wild fire but later subsided when the agency retracted it and termed as a “mistake”.
Took Home $1 Salary
This might come as a shocker to many but its true that he only took a salary of $1 in 2010, although his net worth in shares is worth more than $8.3 Billion
The Best Videos of Steve Jobs
We have collected some of THE BEST videos of Steve Jobs thats a MUST Watch every budding entrepreneur and Techie. Personally speaking I loved the Stanford Speech the most. What about you ?
1984 Apple’s Macintosh Commercial
Macworld Boston 1997-The Microsoft Deal
The First iMac Introduction
The First iPod Keynote (2001)
Steve Jobs presents the iTunes Phone
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
Introducing the new iPhone PART 1
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together: Part 1
Apple iPad: Steve Jobs Keynote Jan 27 2010 Part 1
The Best Steve Jobs Quotes
Great Man, Great Vision, Great Work … now Great Memories! Here is the ultimate collection of the best quotes by Steve Jobs.
We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
—PBS Documentary, Triumph of the Nerds, 1996
It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”
The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!
Nobody has tried to swallow us since I’ve been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste.
—Shareholder meeting, 1998
Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.
Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?
And boy, have we patented it!
—Macworld, 2007 (iPhone introduction)
On Bill Gates
I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.
—The New York Times, 1997
Playboy: Are you saying that the people who made PC don’t have that kind of pride in the product?
If they did, they wouldn’t have made the PC
I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.
My sex life is pretty good these days, Walt. How’s yours?
-AllThingsD D8, 2010
That’s the kind of Porsche that dentists drive
—As said to Kati Hafner of BusinessWeek when they walked through the Next parking lot. The Second Coming of Steve Jobs
The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.
—PBS Documentary, Triumph of the Nerds, 1996
In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
You make some of the best products in the world — but you also make a lot of crap. Get rid of the crappy stuff.” to Nike
—As said to Mark Parker, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs
Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?
—As said to John Sculley, Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
—Stanford Commencement Speech, 2005
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.
—The Wall Street Journal, 1993
It’s obviously just a small sample of the man but it goes to show how he’s unlike anyone else. Feel free to add your favorite Steve Jobs quotes in the comments.
These are just a few of my personal favorites from his eventful life. Feel free to share your favorite parts of his life and definitely share this to spread his astounding life story 🙂
RIP Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011