Steve Jobs Overview Updated October 24, 2018

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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 October 24

Speaking to a roomful of privacy commissioners today, Apple CEO Tim Cook quoted something Steve Jobs said about tech privacy way back in 2010.

Steve Jobs said in no uncertain terms: “Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for, in plain language, and repeatedly.”

To me, three things are notable about this statement …

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Steve Jobs Stories October 5

Apple CEO Tim Cook has marked the seventh anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs with a tweet, saying that he misses the company’s co-founder every day …

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Steve Jobs Stories September 27

We’ve already had some interesting insights from Ken Kocienda, former principal engineer of iPhone software. An exclusive excerpt from his book Creative Selection back in August provided a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the iPhone keyboard.

My colleague Benjamin Mayo also shared several stories from his reading of the book earlier this month. Kocienda is celebrating making the WSJ bestseller list by sharing a new story in the paper …

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Steve Jobs Stories September 26

Latest working Apple I computer sells for $375k alongside items signed by Steve Jobs

The latest original Apple 1 computer – one of 200 original models built and marketed by the two Steves – has sold at auction for $375k, following pre-auction estimates of $300-600k

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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