The major thing which you and perhaps many others may have known about Steve Jobs is the fact that he was an American inventor, designer, and entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Computers. But there are many other things about Steve Job’s life which are not so known. For example, did you know that the name Steve Jobs wasn’t given to him by his parents?
So, what happened?
Steve Paul Jobs was born in 1955 to two graduate students of the University of Wisconsin but was given up for adoption. The names of his biological parents are Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah “John” Jandali. This ‘duos gave up their son for adoption. The couple who adopted him as an infant is Clara and Paul Jobs. They were the ones who gave him the name, Steven Paul Jobs.
Did you also know?
Steve Jobs’ father, Jandali, was a Syrian political science professor and his mother, Schieble, worked as a speech therapist, and shortly after Jobs was placed for adoption, his biological parents married and had another child, Mona Simpson. Why will they do such a thing to an innocent child? Why will they trade away the joy of raising one of the greatest men the history would ever know of? Well, It was not until when Jobs was 27 that he was able to unravel information on his biological parents. What a pity?
Steve Jobs’ adopted parents’ unusual influence on his life.
Clara worked as an accountant and Paul was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have some vital connections with Steve’s experience as a child.
Jobs and his father (Hmm! So a father is more than just a biological one but one that takes the responsibility of being one) worked on electronics in the family garage as a boy. Paul showed him how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, a skill that instilled confidence, tenacity, and mechanical prowess in young Jobs.
Did Steve Jobs complete school before his technological feats?
No, Jobs’ biography tells that he was “smart but directionless, dropping out of college and experimenting with different pursuits before co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976.” Wow! That rings a bell. You are not a failure because of the circumstances and setbacks around you, you are a failure only when you accept to be.
The biography continued:
“While Jobs was always an intelligent and innovative thinker, his youth was riddled with frustrations over formal schooling. Jobs was a prankster in elementary school due to boredom, and his 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.
“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 at the school. Jobs later recounted how one course in calligraphy developed his love of typography.”
Steve Jobs’ Love Life
Jobs and Laurene Powell became married on March 18, 1991. They met in the early 1990s at Stanford business school, where Powell was an MBA student. They lived together in Palo Alto, California, with their three children: Reed, Erin, and Eve. Jobs was also said to have also fathered a daughter, Lisa, given birth to by a girlfriend Chrisann Brennan in 1978, at the age of 23. He, however, denied being the father of his daughter in court documents, with claims that he was sterile. Another striking thing! Most times, we repeat the same mistakes as our parents if we are not mindful. Why will he refuse to accept responsibility for the girl he impregnated? I guess he must have inherited the stupid habit from his own runaway parents.🤐 I didn’t say anythingooo🙄
“Lisa Brennan Jobs later wrote of her childhood and relationship with Jobs in her book Small Fry, published in 2018. In 1980, Lisa wrote, DNA tests revealed that she and Jobs were a match, and he was required to begin making paternity payments to her financially struggling mother. Jobs did not initiate a relationship with his daughter until she was 7 years old. When she was a teenager, Lisa came to live with her father”.
Steve Jobs’ Career
After Steve dropped out of college and experimented with different kinds of stuff, he was soon to take a new dimension. But one of his early pursuits was that in 1974, he “took a position as a video game designer with Atari. Several months later he left the company to find spiritual enlightenment in India, traveling further and experimenting with psychedelic drugs.”
At the time when Jobs was enrolled at Homestead High School, he was introduced to Wozniak. Wozniak would later become a formidable partner with him. Wozniak was attending the University of California, Berkeley, at that time. In 1976, they both co-founded Apple but some nine years after, Jobs left the company and launched Pixar Animation Studios. He, however, returned to Apple more than a decade later.
Did you know that Wozniak was way ahead of Steve Jobs in electronics and computer design?
In an interview in 2007 with PC World, Wozniak disclosed why he and Jobs clicked so well. He said: “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.”
In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computer in the Jobs’ family garage. They funded their entrepreneurial venture by Jobs selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his beloved scientific calculator.😳 I hope you got that? The Spirit of Entrepreneurship! It simply takes sacrifice to succeed in life. This is why Jobs and Wozniak could be credited with revolutionizing the computer industry with Apple by democratizing the technology and making machines smaller, cheaper, intuitive, and accessible to everyday consumers.
Jobs’ partner, Wozniak came up with a series of user-friendly personal computers, and — with Steve in charge of marketing —we are told that “Apple initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the corporation around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple’s second model, the Apple II, the company’s sales increased by 700 percent to $139 million.”
Also, “In 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly-traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion by the end of its very first day of trading. Jobs looked to marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola to take over the role of CEO for Apple”. However, the next several products from Apple had significant design flaws, however, resulting in recalls and consumer disappointment. This gave IBM the opportunity to surpass Apple in sales, and Apple had to struggle with an IBM/PC-dominated business world. In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh and marketed it as a piece of a counterculture lifestyle: romantic, youthful, creative. The ‘but’ was that it wasn’t IBM-compatible despite its positive sales and performance.
John Sculley felt that “Jobs was hurting Apple, and the company’s executives began to phase him out. Not actually having had an official title with the company he co-founded, Jobs was pushed into a more marginalized position and thus left Apple in 1985.”
Steve Jobs Leaves Apple
In 1985, Jobs started a new hardware and software enterprise called NeXT, Inc. after he’d left Apple. The company failed in its efforts to sell a specialized operating system to mainstream America, and Apple eventually bought the company in 1996 for $429 million.
Jobs Returns to Apple
In 1997, Jobs resumed his post as the CEO of Apple and did a revitalizing work on the company that put the company back in good shape. His unique products such as the iMac, effective branding campaigns, and stylish designs got the attention of consumers once again. I love that! He fought through the inner restraint, intimidation, or whatever it may be and went back to his first Love! In the subsequent years, Apple introduced such transformational products as the Macbook Air, iPod, and iPhone, all of which dictated the evolution of technology. This made competitors struggle to compete with them. As a result, in 2007, the company’s quarterly reports improved greatly: Stocks were worth $199.99 a share—a record-breaking number at that time — and the company boasted a whopping $1.58 billion profit, an $18 billion surplus in the bank and zero debt.
In 2008, Apple became the second-biggest music retailer in America — second only to Walmart, fueled by iTunes and iPod sales. Apple has also been ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s list of ‘America’s Most Admired Companies,’ as well as No. 1 among Fortune 500 companies for returns to shareholders.
How did Steve Job Die?
Jobs died in 2011 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He had actually discovered in earlier 2003 that he had a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare but operable form of pancreatic cancer. However, he did not immediately go for surgery but postponed it for nine months. In the long run, he had the surgery in 2004 and it was successful. In the few years to follow, however, things were to take a different dimension as he took a leave of absence and named a new chief operating officer, Tim Cook, who would take care of the daily running of the company.
After about a year away from public view, Jobs gave a keynote address at an invite-only Apple event on September 9, 2009. He continued to serve as master of ceremonies, which included the unveiling of the iPad, throughout much of 2010. In January 2011, he announced he was going on medical leave and in August resigned as CEO of Apple, handing over to Tim.
Steve Jobs’ Last Words
Jobs died in Palo Alto on October 5, 2011, after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly a decade. He was 56 years old. Just before his death, Jobs was said to have “looked for a long time at his sister, Patty, then his wife and children, then past them, and said his last words: ‘OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.'”
What a painful but fulfilling ending of a man who followed the passion of his youth!
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