Steve Jobs Overview Updated September 4, 2018

Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple. He also founded NeXT and was the majority shareholder of Pixar, both of which he was also CEO. Jobs is known as an icon of creativity and entrepreneurship. The prolific author Walter Isaacson released Jobs’ biography in October of 2011. Isaacson describes his major accomplishment as being a “creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”

Jobs attended Reed College for a short period of time before dropping out in 1972. However, he continued to dabble with classes unofficially and came across a calligraphy course instructed by Robert Palladino. This course ended up being highly influential for Jobs as he attributed it to bringing multiple typefaces to the Mac.

Steve Jobs founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. After a drawn out power struggle Jobs was pushed out of Apple in 1985. He then founded NeXT in 1985 and also funded the move of Lucasfilm’s Graphics Group to become its own corporation, which became Pixar in 1986. Just over a decade later in 1997, Jobs returned to Apple as they acquired NeXT. His return marked the beginning of a new era of success. He took over as CEO in July of 1997 and continued on until handing the position to Tim Cook on August 24, 2011 after increasing health problems. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011.

Isaacson describes his major accomplishment as being a “creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”

Steve Jobs Stories September 4

Written by the creator of the original iPhone keyboard, Creative Selection is available now (Amazon, iBooks) and explores Apple’s software development process for the iPhone, iPad and more.

Written by the engineer that made the original iPhone keyboard, this is my favourite book focused on the ‘modern’ Apple era. It covers Apple’s decision-making strategy under Steve Jobs, what it is like to demo for the man himself, a deep dive into how the iPhone keyboard came to be, and much more in between. Read on for my review of some of the book’s best bits.

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Steve Jobs Stories August 23

Ahead of Tim Cook’s seventh anniversary as CEO of Apple, he has told Bloomberg that working for Steve Jobs was ‘liberating’ …

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Steve Jobs Stories August 20

A former senior exec at Lucent Technologies has said that while the technical birthplace of Wi-Fi may have been in the Netherlands (a contentious issue in itself), it was at a meeting with Steve Jobs in Cupertino that it was born as a commercial product …

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Steve Jobs Stories August 1

Vanity Fair publishes candid Lisa Brennan-Jobs ‘Small Fry’ memoir excerpt ahead of release

Vanity Fair today has published a brief excerpt from Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ upcoming memoir ‘Small Fry,’ which is set to be released next month. In the memoir, she reflects on her final days with her father, and what it was like growing around him…

Steve Jobs Stories July 25

Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the App Store, which Apple celebrated by marking all of the milestones hit and the lives changed. Now, The Wall Street Journal has shared an interview from August of 2008 with Steve Jobs in which he talks about his hopes for the App Store and much more…

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Steve Jobs Stories May 15

Doom and Quake creator John Carmack tells the story of Steve Jobs asking him to delay his wedding

John Carmack – Oculus VR CTO and co-creator of the classic games Doom and Quake – wrote a Facebook post yesterday reminiscing about what it was like to work with Steve Jobs, including the time Steve asked him to postpone his wedding …

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