Born: 24/02/1955 ★
Place: United States
Died: 05/10/2011 ✝
Place: United States
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. Steve was a hyperactive child. Even at 10, Steve's attraction to electronics was becoming obvious to his parents. At one point in his childhood he got a bad shock when jamming a bobby pin into a wall socket. At 1971, Steve Jobs meets Steve Wozniak. After reading an article in Esquire about phone phreaking, they begin working on Blue Boxes used to crack codes on the public telephone systems for free calls. Steve Jobs was still a senior in high school. At 1974, Steve worked at Atari. He just showed up and said he wouldn't leave until they hired him. Steve goes on a spiritual trip to India with his friend Dan Kottke, and paid for Dan's ticket. Upon wandering into a religious gathering, Jobs was taken away to the top of this mountain where the guru shaved his head. Steve left for California and gave Dan the rest of his money to continue his journey in India. Back at Atari, Nolan Bushnell asked Jobs to work on a special project that would eventually become the game Break-Out. He made a deal to pay Jobs a certain amount if the machine had less than 40 chips. Woz, who was an expert at such things, helped Jobs complete the design in 48 hours, and Jobs got the bonus. At 1974, Woz and Jobs start Apple. It wasn't a thrilling name, but it was functional, and it reminded Jobs of the time he spent on an apple farm in Oregon. On April 1st, they signed papers for equal ownership. To raise capital, Woz sold his HP 65 electronic calculator for $520 and Jobs sold his red-and-white VW bus for $1500—only half of which was ever paid, because the engine blew out soon after the sale. Their first order was for 50 Apple I computers, and Jobs made the sale barefoot. He confused the order and delivered circuitboards instead of finished machines with cases, and so had to take partial payment. By the end of the year, they shipped 150 computers. Woz and Jobs decided the Apple II would load their OS from the circuit board, instead of needing to be loaded manually. It would also have a fanless power supply, something that needed to be designed from scratch using a switching model instead of a linear source. At 1977, Apple Computer becomes a corporation when Mike Markkula and Jobs and Woz sign papers. At May 17th 1978, Jobs' daughter Lisa Nicole is born at the All-One farmhouse in Oregon, near apple orchards. Steve visited and helped name her. At that time, Steve begins pitching a next generation business machine that will eventually be called the Lisa. Steve Jobs designs a case for the Apple III, and builds it too small to fit the components the engineering team had constructed. At 1979, Jobs cuts his hair neatly and vows to become more business saavy. He started wearing suits, occassionally. A word processor called AppleWriter was released. It worked with Apple's first printer, Silenttype. At 1980, Apple stock goes public. Jobs is worth $217 million by the end of the first day of trading. At 1981, Mike Scott leaves post as CEO, unhappy with the job. Jobs takes over as president. At 1982, Jobs makes Bill Gates and Microsoft promise to never work on any business software that would use a mouse unless it was for Apple. The fact that they did not exclude them from developing a competing operating system would allow Gates to develop Windows alongside the Mac software Microsoft was developing. At 1985, Jobs and Woz receive the first National Medal of Technology from Ronald Reagan. At 1990, Jobs meets Laurene Powell, when he speaks at a class at Stanford business school. They exchange numbers. Jobs had a business dinner that night. ''I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she'd have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we've been together ever since.'' At 1998, Jobs shuts down many projects, focusing on computers at Apple. At 2001, the first Apple retail store opens in McLean, Virginia. IPod comes out. At 2005, iPod Nano, Video iPod, iPod Shuffle come out. At 2007, the iPhone is announced in January, then launched in June. Jobs begins 2010 debuting the iPad in January. At 2011, August 24th, Steve Jobs announces his resignation as Apple CEO, moving to become the company's Chairman of the Board. He writes the following in a letter to the company: "I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you."
On October 5th, Steve Jobs passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his family.