Let’s meet Steve Jobs, the man behind the company Apple and its highly innovative and wildly successful products. Jobs was born in San Francisco, United States in 1955, to a Syrian father and American mother. His parents gave him up when he was a baby, and he was adopted by a family living near San Francisco. He went to Reed College in Oregon, but dropped out. He hooked up with a friend who was a brilliant engineer, and together they went on to start the company Apple, in 1976. About a decade later, Jobs quit his job at Apple because of differences with the CEO. He went on to start another company called NeXT, and also purchased an animation company that became Pixar Studios (which created movies such as Toy Story and The Incredibles). Apple went through some rough times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1996, Apple bought NeXT, and Jobs was back at Apple. Under Jobs’ leadership, Apple launched several innovative products that led Apple to become the world’s most valuable company in 2011.
Jobs had an incredible passion for products that were functional as well as elegant. He brought a huge respect for design into the world of information technology. Apple became known for the attention it paid to design details. For instance, when an Apple laptop is put to ‘sleep’, a little light starts blinking on it. The rate of the blinking matches the rhythm of a human breathing!
Jobs died last year due to medical problems.
One of Steve Jobs’ famous speeches was the one he gave to the graduating class of Stanford University in 2005 – you can watch it here.
Did you know?
An outfit Jobs often was seen wearing is a black turtleneck, blue jeans, and sneakers.
Image Credits: Matt Yohe for Steve Jobs’ image