Steve Jobs - iSad

Born in San Francisco, California in 1955, Steve Jobs was adopted and raised by Paul and Clara Jobs. You would be hard pressed to find any person with an understanding of technology who wouldn’t argue that Steve Jobs significantly changed the world. But what few understand is his impact on the world outside of his job at Apple.

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Born in San Francisco, California in 1955, Steve Jobs was adopted and raised by Paul and Clara Jobs. You would be hard pressed to find any person with an understanding of technology who wouldn’t argue that Steve Jobs significantly changed the world. But what few understand is his impact on the world outside of his job at Apple.

Steve Jobs started Apple in 1976 (yes, over 40 years ago) with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. After an internal power-struggle in 1985, he was sent on his way and started two new ventures. The first was a computer graphics company called ‘The Graphic Group’ which he purchased in 1986 and later renamed Pixar. After years of unprofitability, Pixar gained a contract with Disney to produce a number of computer-animated feature films, which Disney would co-finance and distribute. The first film Toy Story, in which Steve was an executive producer, was a huge success. Pixar went on to create some of the most memorable animated movies of the 2000s with Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life and Up to name just a few.

Job's second venture after Apple was a new computer company named NeXT Computer. As with the Pixar venture, the first few years were not hugely successful and in 1993, NeXT transitioned from making computers and software to solely focusing on software development. This paid off in 1996 when, ironically, Apple purchased the company for $429 million. Steve Jobs quickly returned to power in Apple and by late 1997 was named interim chief executive, a title he carried until 2000, when he officially took over as CEO.

Over the next decade, with Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple changed the world of technology as we know it, with the most significant introductions being the iMac, iPhone, iPod and most recently, the iPad. Other notable feats include the iTunes store and App store.

Steve Jobs was not a man to back down from a fight. He was a strong-willed and confident man who knew what he wanted from life and where he wanted to take his products. In 1996, he was involved in a public war of words with the CEO of Dell Computers, Michael Dell, who, when asked what he would do if he owned the then in trouble Apple Computer Company, said ‘I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders’. In 2006, when Apple’s company price surpassed that of Dell, Steve Jobs sent an email to every employee ‘Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn't perfect at predicting the future. Based on today's stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today. Steve.’

Steve Jobs was also criticised publicly for his and Apple’s stand against Adobe Flash being implemented into what he called the mobile era of technology – low power devices with touch interfaces and open web standards. While I personally believe that Adobe Flash SHOULD be implemented into these devices and Flash would make them even better, who am I to question such a decision? I believe Apple’s mobile products are best practice in the industry.

Steve Jobs had been fighting heavily publicised health troubles since mid-2004. Treatments for pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant were just a few of the procedures which led to him stepping down as CEO of Apple in August 2011. Sadly, Steve Jobs lost his health battle yesterday, 5 October 2011.

The Apple homepage was updated with a photo of Steve and a tribute reading “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Steve Jobs was seen as more than just the CEO of Apple. He was a pioneer and inspiration to millions of people around the world. Steve Jobs has brought smiles to our faces, friends closer together and helped the world of technology advance significantly. His death at the early age of 56 is very sad and he will surely be missed. I will be turning my iPhone off tonight for one minute’s silence in tribute to the great man.





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    Zedi
    8th Oct 2011
    4:08pm
    Thank you Drew for bringing us this inspiring story


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