About Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Computers, and he was a pretty famous guy. But the things he helped to design and sell are even more famous. You’ve probably heard of, seen, or even own some of those things, or maybe your parents do.
Steve Jobs was a classic American entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is a person who organizes a business and takes some big risks with his or her money, hoping for a great reward. Jobs loved to take risks, and more than once he helped change the technology and electronics industries, becoming very rich in the process.
When Steve was young he didn’t really like school, but he was very intelligent and curious. He got into all sorts of trouble playing pranks on other students, but he also skipped a grade. In high school, Jobs got interested in electronics and met some friends who were into the same things. One was a guy named Steve Wozniak, who everyone called “Woz.” Woz and Jobs would one day begin Apple together.
Like many famous entrepreneurs, Jobs did not take the easy road to success. He dropped out of college only six months after starting. He took some classes in things like calligraphy (fancy handwriting) and slept on friends’ floors. He even traveled to India for seven months and that had a pretty big influence on him.
Back in California, Jobs started hanging out with Woz again. Together they began building circuit boards in Jobs’s parents’ garage. Soon Woz was building whole computers, and Jobs said they should try to sell them. That's how Apple Computers was born. They named it Apple after Jobs’s fond memory of a summer job picking apples.
Jobs was ready to change the world, but maybe even he didn’t know just how much. The company’s first big breakthrough was the Macintosh (named after a kind of apple). They even ran an ad during the Super Bowl in 1984. Everyone wanted a Macintosh.
After several successful years, Jobs left Apple for other ventures. One of his most famous is founding Pixar, the computer graphics studio. The studio has made some really popular movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and WALL-E. But while Jobs was gone, Apple wasn’t doing so well.
He came back to the company and changed its image. Jobs wanted to emphasize his products’ beauty. They still had the same quality of software and hardware, but they were packaged to be visually appealing.
Consumers loved this, and with Jobs back in the driver’s seat, Apple began to do well again. Now it’s one of the biggest companies in the world. Products like the iPad, iPod, and MacBook are instantly recognizable. Everyone seems to want one these days. Steve Jobs helped change consumer technology and the computing industry so many times it’s hard to keep count.
Steve Jobs Facts
- After Steve came back from India, he began practicing Zen Buddhism.
- As Apple CEO, Jobs earned only $1 per year.
- Jobs was adopted soon after he was born, and years later he learned he had a sister, Mona, who he became very good friends with.
- He and Woz were two of the first people to be awarded the National Medal of Technology, in 1985, by then-President Ronald Reagan.
- He was friends with President Bill Clinton and even got to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom when he visited the White House.