Steve Jobs dropped out of collage. He left Reed College after a single semester, but continued to take classes.I think its cool how he still took classes and did not give up. He also took this class for calligraphy. It was later the style of the writing for his first computer.
He worked as a technician for video game shop and joined a club of computer geeks with Steve Wozniak, a northern California college dropout.
Wozniak’s homemade computer drew attention from other people. The pair started Apple Computer Inc in Steve parents’ garage in 1976.
Before the Apple II, one of the first successful mass-produced home computers, machines were typically clunky wooden boxes encased in metal.
With its sleek design the Apple II – encased in plastic – went on sale in April 1977, and earned the company $600 million in 1981, a $598 million increase on the previous year’s sales
By the end of 1983 Apple had earned a spot in the Fortune 500 list.
In 1985 Jobs was fired as the head of Apple’s Macintosh division following internal power struggles and a hostile working relationship with Apple’s then CEO John Sculley.
Jobs later claimed that getting fired freed him “to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
During his time away Jobs bought the graphics division for Pixar.Toy Story was produced under his supervision and earned the company more than US$362 million worldwide.
Ten years later Jobs was invited to rejoin the company which bought the next computer he had been working on during his time away. It would come to be the framework for all Apple Mac computers.
In 2001 Jobs made first Apple iPod portable music player and the first iTunes store.
More than 20 updated models followed.
In 2007 Apple launched the iPhone with the goal of selling 10 million handsets in 2008 – or 1 per cent of the global mobile phone market. The company sold 11.6 million.
So much of what we know about computers is due to Jobs’ vision.
Even the common computer mouse and the idea that users should be able to “click” on a computer icon to access the software came from him.
The now commonplace structure of a laptop was Jobs’ vision – with a scrolling pad located below the keyboard with space either side to rest your wrists. Before Jobs got his hands on laptop technology, computers looked completely different. The keyboard was lower down, with little or no space to rest your wrists.