Biography Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976. He was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.
In 1975 Jobs joined a group known as the Homebrew Computer Club. One member, a technical whiz named Steve Wozniak, was trying to build a small computer. Jobs became fascinated with the marketing potential of such a computer. In 1976, Jobs, then 21, and Wozniak, 26, founded Apple Computer Company in the Jobs family garage.
Apple’s first sales came from a local computer retailer, The Byte Shop. The dealer bought fifty Apple computers to the boys, at $500 each. The first computers were assembled in the garage of Steve’s parents in Los Altos.
Shortly thereafter, Jobs and Wozniak redesigned their computer, with the idea of selling it to individual users. The Apple II went to market in 1977, with impressive first year sales of $2.7 million. The company's sales grew to $200 million within three years. Jobs and Wozniak had opened an entirely new market—personal computers.
Jobs soon hired some of his former employees to begin a new computer company called NeXT. In 1988 the NeXT computer was introduced at a large gala event in San Francisco, aimed at the educational market.
The product was very user-friendly, and had a fast processing speed, excellent graphics displays and sound system.
Despite the warm reception, the NeXT machine never caught on. It was too costly, had a black-and-white screen, and could not be linked to other computers or run common software.
In 1986 Jobs purchased a small company called Pixar from filmmaker George Lucas. Pixar was specialized in computer animation. Nine years later Pixar released Toy Story, a huge box office hit. Pixar later made Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life, which Disney distributed, and Monsters, Cars, among other hits. In December of 1996 Apple purchased NeXT Software for over $400 million. Jobs returned to Apple as a part-time...