Today, Apple, Inc. and millions of fans lost a creative genius and entrepreneur. Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Inc. died today, Oct. 5, 2011 at age 56. Family, friends, colleagues and fans of Steve Jobs all over the world mourn tonight the loss of an innovative and brilliant man who revolutionized the computer, music, and mobile phone industries, touching millions of households with his innovations.
Jobs battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and in 2004 after a medical leave, Jobs returned to Apple and declared he was healthy and cancer free after surgery and treatment. However, Jobs health slowly declined again by 2008 and he underwent a liver transplant, was on a medical leave from Apple, Inc. and eventually resigned his position as CEO of Apple, Inc. on Aug. 24, 2011.
Jobs, though a college dropout was a great visionary and determined young man, and that was all it took to build a successful career with a net worth in excess of 8 billion dollars. From his parent’s garage in the Silicon Valley, Jobs age 21, friend Steve Wozniak and two other men from their computer hobbyist club launched their first commercial computer, the Apple I. The following year, they unveiled the Apple II, and from that point the digital revolution took off!
Jobs had a knack for selling his products, and he staged grand events to unveil each of them. Jobs made some memorable quotes during his career and during an interview with Business Week May 1998 he stated “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” And that he did, and fans of his cool gadgets from PC’s to the iPhone, iPad, etc…ran to the store to buy them!
Jobs’ career at his company was not always smooth. In 1985, after a dispute with the board of Apple, Inc. he was forced to resign. At 30, he was on his own again but wasn’t discouraged for long. In retrospect, Jobs stated in his 2005 Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech , “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.” During his absence from Apple, Jobs founded NeXT which was one of the work stations on which Tim Berners-Lee created the world wide web as we know it today. The NeXT itself was a flop because they were too expensive for the average consumer to buy. Job’s also purchased Pixar as we know it today. Pixar was bought by Walt Disney Co. in 2006 and gave Jobs a seat on Disney’s board. Jobs became the largest shareholder at Disney, Co.
Jobs was allowed to return to Apple in 1996 as an adviser to the then CEO and within 7 months was in charge of the company again and vowed to rebuild Apple and save it from its impending bankruptcy status. To show his loyalty and determination to fix Apple, Jobs set his salary at $1 dollar per year which remained the same throughout the remainder of his career as CEO. Jobs put Apple back in the black!
Jobs at his death left behind a wife and 4 grown children, who along with those who knew him personally and knew (of him) through his accomplishments, inspirational determination and vision mourn the loss of the man who touched millions of lives with his talents. Rest in peace Steve Jobs, and thank you for your generous contributions to the world of technology we are privileged to enjoy today.
STEVE JOBS ON APPLE’S RESURGENCE: “NOT A ONE-MAN SHOW”
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005 – YouTube
Steve Jobs – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia