Steven Paul Jobs; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur.He is best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics.
"Apple's biggest challenge is to define itself in the post-Steve Jobs era," says Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, who worked at Apple in the 1980s. "Where it is struggling is when it pretends to be Steve Jobs instead of actualizing its new identity. They need to find out who they are now."
Indeed, Apple plummeted to 26th from 5th on Forbes magazine's list of the world's most innovative companies this year over concerns that Apple can maintain its edge without Jobs. Salesforce.com was No. 1.
Even last month's iPhone 5 announcement lacked the usual Apple sizzle. A consummate showman, Jobs would dazzle an adoring audience with flawless product demonstrations, a surprise guest such as Bono, and a final "one more thing," where a cool product was unveiled. Much of the news had crept out before the product was shown — a strict no-no in the Jobs era.
Jobs, who once memorably described death as "very likely the single best invention of life", departed this world with a lingering look at his family and the simple, if mysterious, observation: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
Details of his final moments came from his sister Mona Simpson, who has allowed the New York Times to publish the eulogy she delivered at his memorial service on 16 October. In it, she explains how she rushed to Jobs's bedside after he asked her to come to see him as soon as possible.
"His tone was affectionate, dear, loving, but like someone whose luggage was already strapped onto the vehicle, who was already on the beginning of his journey, even as he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us," she writes.
On October 5, 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Tim Cook, who took over as Apple's chief when the ailing Jobs stepped down from the position in August 2011, posted a letter of remembrance to the Apple website, in honor of Jobs' life:
Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place. One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the same privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future. I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for.
Six years ago on Wednesday, Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce Apple's newest product. He called it the iPhone, and said that he and Apple wanted to change the idea of a phone the way they had changed the personal computer. With a high-resolution touchscreen and apps from the likes Google and Yahoo, Jobs said Apple had set a goal of taking 1 percent of the world market for cellphones by the end of 2008. Jobs underestimated. As of December 2012, the iPhone held 17.8 percent of the cellphone market, trailing only Samsung. There are now more iPhones sold in the world per day than there are babies born, and some have estimated that the iPhone business alone is now bigger than all of Microsoft.
Steve Jobs was an American inventor and business magnate who had a net worth of $10.2 billion dollars.
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
Steve Jobs also started Pixar, which has produced multiple blockbuster films, including Toy Story (1995); A Bug’s Life (1998); Toy Story 2 (1999); Monsters, Inc. (2001); Finding Nemo (2003); and The Incredibles (2004).
Steve Jobs had a deep-seated interest in technology, so he took up a job at Atari Inc, then a leading manufacturer of video games. He struck a friendship with fellow designer Steve Wozniak and attended meetings of the “Homebrew Computer Club” with him. After saving up some money, Jobs took off for India in the search of enlightenment. Once he returned, he convinced Wozniak to quit his job at Hewlett Packard to join him in his venture that concerned personal computers. They sold items like scientific calculators to raise the seed capital. In 1976, Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple Computer in the Jobs family garage. The first personal computer was sold for $666.66. By 1980, Apple had already released three improved versions of the personal computer. It had a wildly successful IPO, which made both founders millionaires many times over.
While Jobs has always been an intelligent and innovative thinker, his youth was riddled with frustrations over formal schooling. A prankster in elementary school, Jobs's 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. Not long after Jobs did enroll at Homestead High School (1971), he was introduced to his future partner, Steve Wozniak, through a friend of Wozniak's. Wozniak was attending the University of Michigan at the time. In a 2007 interview with ABC News, Wozniak spoke about why he and Jobs clicked so well: "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. ..."
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave their unnamed son up for adoption. His father, Abdulfattah Jandali, was a Syrian political science professor and his mother, Joanne Schieble, worked as a speech therapist. Shortly after Steve was placed for adoption, his biological parents married and had another child, Mona Simpson. It was not until Jobs was 27 that he was able to uncover information on his biological parents.