Steve Jobs

Born 1955 Los Altos CA; Evangelic bad boy who, with Steve Wozniak, co-founded
Apple Computer Corporation and became a multimillionaire before the age of 30.
Subsequently started the NeXT Corporation to provide an educational system at a
reasonable price, but found that software was a better seller than hardware.

Steven Paul, was an orphan adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View,
California in February 1955. Jobs was not happy at school in Mountain View so
the family moved to Los Altos, California, where Steven attended Homestead High
School. His electronics teacher at Homestead High, Hohn McCollum, recalled he
was "something of a loner" and "always had a different way of looking at
things."

Going to work for Atari after leaving Reed College, Jobs renewed his friendship
with Steve Wozniak. The two designed computer games for Atari and a telephone
"blue box", getting much of their impetus from the Homebrew Computer Club.
Beginning work in the Job\'s family garage they managed to make their first
"killing" when the Byte Shop in Mountain View bought their first fifty fully
assembled computers. On this basis the Apple Corporation was founded, the name
based on Job\'s favorite fruit and the logo.

Steve Jobs innovative idea of a personel computer led him into revolutionizing
the computer hardware and software industry. When Jobs was twenty one, he and a
friend, Wozniak, built a personel computer called the Apple. The Apple changed
people\'s idea of a computer from a gigantic and inscrutable mass of vacuum tubes
only used by big business and the government to a small box used by ordinary
people. No company has done more to democratize the computer and make it user-
friendly than Apple Computer Inc. Jobs software development for the Macintosh
re-introduced windows interface and mouse technology which set a standard for
all applications interface in software.

Two years after building the Apple I, Jobs introduced the Apple II. The Apple II
was the best buy in personal computers for home and small business throughout
the following five years. When the Macintosh was introduced in 1984, it was
marketed towards medium and large businesses. The Macintosh took the first major
step in adapting the personal computer to the needs of the corporate work force.
Steve Jobs was considered a brilliant young man in Silicon Valley, because he
saw the future demands of the computer industry. He was able to build a personal
computer and market the product. His innovative ideas of user-friendly software
for the Macintosh changed the design and functionality of software interfaces
created for computers. The Macintosh\'s interface allowed people to interact
easier with computers, because they used a mouse to click on objects displayed
on the screen to perform some function. The Macintosh got ride of the computer
command lines that intemidated people from using computers. After resigning from
Apple Inc., Jobs would continue challenging himself to develop computers and
software for education and research by starting a new company that would
eventually develop the NextStep computer.

After school, Jobs attended lectures at the Hewlett-Packard electronics firm in
Palo Alto, California. There he was hired as a summer employee. Another employee
at Hewlett-Packard was Stephen Wozniak a recent dropout from the University of
California at Berkeley. An engineering whiz with a passion for inventing
electronic gadgets, Wozniak at that time was perfecting his "blue box," an
illegal pocket-size telephone attachment that would allow the user to make free
long-distance calls. Jobs helped Wozniak sell a number of the devices to
customers.

After school, Jobs attended lectures at the Hewlett-Packard electronics firm in
Palo Alto, California. There he was hired as a summer employee. Another employee
at Hewlett-Packard was Stephen Wozniak a recent dropout from the University of
California at Berkeley. An engineering whiz with a passion for inventing
electronic gadgets.

Wozniak and Jobs designed the Apple I computer in Jobs\'s bedroom and they built
the prototype in the Jobs\' garage. Jobs showed the machine to a local
electronics equipment retailer, who ordered twenty-five. Jobs received marketing
advice from a friend, who was a retired CEO from Intel, and he helped them with
marketing strategies for selling their new product. Jobs and Wozniak had great
inspiration in starting a computer company that would produce and sell computers.
To start this company they sold their most valuable possessions. Jobs sold his
Volkswagen micro-bus and Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator,
which raised $1,300 to start their new company. With that capital base and
credit begged from local electronics suppliers, they set up their first
production line. Jobs came up with the name of their new company Apple in
memory of a happy summer he had spent as