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Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. Under Job's guidance, the company pioneered a series of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone and iPad.
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Steve Jobs met Steve Wozniak while in high school and in 1976, they started Apple Computers. Jobs oversaw the development of revolutionary products like the iPhone and iPad.
Biographer Walter Isaacson, author of "Steve Jobs," talks about what was most important to Steve Jobs while developing his products--simplicity. Video courtesy of Simon & Schuster © 2012.
Biographer Walter Isaacson, author of "Steve Jobs," describes Steve Jobs' passion and dedication to a product and how that affected his management style. Video courtesy of Simon & Schuster © 2012.
Biographer Walter Isaacson, author of "Steve Jobs," discusses Steve Jobs' appreciation of both the liberal arts and science, as well as his demanding leadership style. Video courtesy of Simon & Schuster © 2012.
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Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Apple's revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology. He died in 2011,
“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” (Jobs inviting an executive to join Apple)
“It's better to be a pirate than join the Navy."
“I like to believe there's an afterlife. I like to believe the accumulated wisdom doesn't just disappear when you die, but somehow it endures. But maybe it's just like an on/off switch and click — and you're gone. Maybe that's why I didn't like putting on/off switches on Apple devices."
“In my perspective ... science and computer science is a liberal art, it's something everyone should know how to use, at least, and harness in their life.”
"It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing."
"There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love—'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been'—and we've always tried to do that at Apple."
“You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.”
“I think humans are basically tool builders, and the computer is the most remarkable tool we've ever built.”
“You just make the best product you can, and you don't put it out until you feel it's right.”
“Things don't have to change the world to be important.”
“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.”
"I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates."
“If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you've done and whoever you were and throw them away.”
“His sense of design, that everything had to fit a certain aesthetic, the fact that he, with as little engineering background as he had – it shows that design can lead you in a certain direction so that phenomenal products came out of it.”
"With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again."
following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, to Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave their unnamed son up for adoption. His father, Abdulfattah Jandali, was a Syrian political science professor and his mother, Joanne Schieble, worked as a speech therapist. Shortly after Steve was placed for adoption, his biological parents married and had another child, Mona Simpson. It was not until Jobs was 27 that he was able to uncover information on his biological parents.
As an infant, Steven was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs and named Steven Paul Jobs. Clara worked as an accountant and Paul was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. The family lived in Mountain View within California's Silicon Valley. As a boy, Jobs and his father would work on electronics in the family garage. Paul would show his son how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, a hobby which instilled confidence, tenacity and mechanical prowess in young Jobs.
While Jobs has always been an intelligent and innovative thinker, his youth was riddled with frustrations over formal schooling. A prankster in elementary school, Jobs's fourth-grade teacher needed to bribe him to study. Jobs tested so well, however, that administrators wanted to skip him ahead to high school—a proposal that his parents declined.
Not long after Jobs did enroll at Homestead High School (1971), he was introduced to his future partner, Steve Wozniak, through a friend of Wozniak's. Wozniak was attending the University of Michigan at the time. In a 2007 interview with ABC News, Wozniak spoke about why he and Jobs clicked so well: "We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips," Wozniak said. "Very few people, especially back then had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world. ..."
After high school, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Lacking direction, he dropped out of college after six months and spent the next 18 months dropping in on creative classes. Jobs later recounted how one course in calligraphy developed his love of typography.
In 1974, Jobs took a position as a video game designer with Atari.
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