Steve Jobs - Apple's Innovator and Inspiration

Steve Jobs holding his iPhone 4.
Steve Jobs holding his iPhone 4. | Source
Steve Jobs speaking at one of his conferences with his famous look - black turtleneck  shirt and jeans.
Steve Jobs speaking at one of his conferences with his famous look - black turtleneck shirt and jeans. | Source

Steve Jobs - A Genius

I remember years, and years ago when I graduated from college, there was a nerdy, computer guy out in California, with two or three of his friends, working in his parent's garage making and designing computers. And, he had not even completed a college degree. Wow! I thought, how cool to be so smart and intelligent to be able to design computers and not even have a college degree. It was the first time I had heard the name of Steve Jobs.

It was a name I would remember and follow all my life. I would use his products at work and buy his products for my own personal use. As he invented more and more computers and cell phones I began to realize this nerdy, computer guy out in California was not just smart and intelligent --- he was a genius. His vision exceeded the 20th century. He had an inane abillity to understand what computer products we wanted and needed. He ushered in the 21st century with his iPhones, iPods and iPads. He completely transformed the technology industry, the music industry and the entertainment industry with his Apple products. It is with great sadness that I heard from the media on October 5, 2011, that Steve Jobs had died, after a valient fight with pancreatic cancer and following a 2009 liver transplant


His early years

Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California and adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs in Mountain View. CA. His biological father was Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian Muslim immigrant to the U.S. and a University of Nevada professor . His biological mother was Joanne Schieble an American graduate student and speech language pathologist. Jandali has always said Jobs was put up for adoption because Joanne's parents didn't approve of their daughter marrying a Syrian.

He attended Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. He frequently attended after school lectures on computers at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, CA. Later he was hired there, along with Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Inc. with him, as a summer employee. He graduated from high school in 1972 and enrolled at Reed College in Portland, OR. He dropped out of the college after one semester, but continued to audit some computer classes.

In 1974, Jobs returned to California and attended meetings of the Homebrew Computer Co. with Wozniak. He also took a job as a technician at ATARI, a manufacturer of popular video games, with the idea of saving money for a trip to India.

Jobs did eventually visit India and Neem Karoli Baba at the Kainchi Ashram searching for spiritual enlightenment. He returned to California after this experience as a Buddist with a shaved head and wearing traditional Indian clothing. During this 70's time, he experimented with psychedelic drugs (LSD) and considered this experimentation "one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life." He later said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not relate to his thinking.





Steve Jobs at the 2008 Mac World Conference and Expo.
Steve Jobs at the 2008 Mac World Conference and Expo. | Source

Jobs' Apple Career

Steve Jobs ultimately became co-founder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Apple Inc. In 1976, he founded the Apple company with Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, and A.C."Mike" Markkula, Jr. They started with the Apple II series of personal computers and then, Apple's MacIntosh personal computer became the first commercially successful small computer with graphical user interface. The original designer of this computer was Jeff Raskin, but Jobs took over the design, development and marketing of this computer. I remember when the MacIntosh computer hit the market. We were all so excited by this computer as it could do more than any previous computer and we could use the computer to design our own computer generated designs.

In l985, Jobs lost Apple Inc. in a power struggle with Apple's board of directors and he resigned from Apple. At this time Jobs has been described as a persuasive and charismatic director of Apple Inc., but employees saw him as an erratic and tempramental manager, and as an aggressive demanding boss with a perfectionist personality. When forced out, Jobs was humiliated by what had happened; however, when he left Apple at this time, he said it "freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

He moved on and founded NeXT. a computer platform development company specializing in higher education and business markets. Ross Perot invested heavily in the NeXT company, and helped to save it from financial disaster. Jobs also moved on and worked with Pixar Animation Studios eventually becoming its chief executive. In 1995 he was executive producer of the film,Toy Story. In 2006, he became a member of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

Finally, in l996, Apple Inc. bought out NeXT and brought Jobs back to Apple Inc. that he had co-founded, and became CEO from 1997-August 2011. On August 24, 2011 he announced his resignation from his role as Apple Inc.'s CEO. When he passed away on October 5, 2011, he was chairman of the board of Apple Inc.

He was married to Laurene Powell, and had one son and two daughters. He also had one more daughter in a relationship with Chrisann Brennan.

I, for one, mourn the death of a genius, Steve Jobs. Not only was he a computer genius, but he was also a design and marketing genius at the same time. He seemed to know what we needed before we had the sense to want it. And he was so intuitive in how he marketed his products. I love to go to one of his Apple Stores, with no less than a Genius Bar in the back, where his young, hip, and computer knowledged staff explain to me how to use my iPhone without making me feel like an idiot. They are so kind, humorous and patient with someone like me from Steve Jobs' generation who doesn't understand all the apps and contortions the iPhone can do.

Steve Jobs impact and influence on the 21st century will go down in history and he certainly deserves his place in this country's inventor history. Who will take his place? Someone influenced by Steve Jobs and his genius. Someone like Jobs who can "think outside the box."

Steve Jobs has always said, "Follow your intuition. . . don't let anyone talk you out of it."

Bravo, Steve Jobs, on a life well lived!


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Geoff Morova 5 years ago from South Dakota

Great tribute to an unbelievable talent.


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

I know, what a great talent he was. I can't believe he is dead. I can't even imagine Apple without him. So much genius and so little time to live. It is truly so sad. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Suzettenaples,

This is wonderful hub honoring Steve Jobs.

Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Wozniak at a community computer club event.

Woz shared great stories of those magnificant early days.

He spoke very highly and with great admiration for his friend and co-founder.

He told of how they dreamed of building a great company that would positively impact the world with the new technology they were discovering.

Well its safe to say that's exactly what happened!

Your hub is a great reflection of the many milestones along that journey.

Thanks for sharing :-)

Voted Up and Beautiful !

Cheers


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Suzettenaples,

This was a wonderful hub!

Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Wosniak at small group community computer club.

He shared with us about the exciting early days of how he and Steve Jobs founded Apple.

He spoke of how they dreamed of positively impacting the world with the technology they were discovering.

Although in the sad context of his passing thanks for sharing how his life impacted you and how their dream became a reality.

Voted Up and Beautiful!


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

StaPos: Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Steve Jobs and I were the same age, so his death is hard for me even though we all knew it was coming with his fight with pancreatic cancer. I always looked up at him with amazement and thought he was such a great example of our generation -- a contemporary genius that did so much to add to and make our lives better and was such a positive infuence on our culture. It is hard for me to realize he and his genius are gone, but certainly not forgotten because of the important legacy he left us.

What a wonderful, enlightening experience to meet Steve Wozniak -- I'm glad they were always friends. They seem just like such "regular guys."


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is a wonderful bio of this extraordinary man. I never knew much about him and am glad to realize just how amazing he was. The world shall miss his many inventions and creative genius.


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Yes, I always admired him and his work and just had to write this when I heard he passed away. So sad. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

It is amazing to me that one man could have been such a technological revolutionary. The world has grown so much because of his insight.


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

This is why I call him a genius. His products are just amazing and to have the knowledge to create them is just awesome. This is an area I just have no real knowledge in and an area I could not be creative or innovative in.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I enjoy hearing from you!


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bluebird 5 years ago

Thank you for a good hub and subject. Jobs was a perfectionist, that was his strength. He changed the world. Amazing!

I enjoyed reading another very interesting post about him which I share here for anyone interested -

LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST CEO EVER:

http://www.thetrumpet.com/?q=8852.7633.140.0


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Gosh, thanks for reading this, bluebird. I really admired Steve Jobs and sort of followed his career. I was so saddened when he got pancreatic cancer and then died so young. At least, I consider it young. It is the passing of a great genius in my opinion. Thanks for the link - I'm going to read it now!


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

bluebird: I just read The Trumpet article. Very enlightening. Well, I now have a criticism of Jobs - I can't believe he fathered a daughter, then rejected her, and also humiliated the mother. That is awful and there is no excuse on this earth for that type of behavior. I didn't know that much about the situation.

I come from a family of perfectionists - on both sides of the family - and I do understand his personality a bit. Great perfectionists and geniuses always question the existance of God - their intelligence tells them God cannot truly exist, but their emotional and spiritual side conflicts with this assessment of God, and sometimes they can believe. So, this part of Steve Jobs I can understand - I've seen it in my own family.

As a teacher, I was always told I had "too high standards in the classroom." Of course, I didn't think they were high enough, sometimes. The article is correct in that society rejects anything or anyone who strives for high standards or perfection. We say we strive for "excellence" in schools and teaching, and at the same time we water down coursework and requirements for degrees, for proficiency tests, etc. What a conundrum! But, despite what I was told by some administrators, I always kept my classroom standards high and when it came down to the nitty-gritty, my students always appreciated the standards I kept in my classroom and to me that was all that counted!

It is not easy in the world to follow what God wants of us - perfection for our own good. I have read "The Way of Perfection" by St. Teresa of Avila. It is an interesting book and says much of what was in this article.


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bluebird 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your comment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me and for pointing my attention to the book by St. Teresa. I do believe I would get a lot out of it and appreciate it. Glad you checked out the Trumpet article, I enjoyed it as well. We all need enlightening once in a while, really, more often than not!

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