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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur, inventor, marketer and one of the group that founded
Apple Computer Inc , among Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Jobs was the
chairman of Apple Inc and chief executive of Pixar Animation until his death in 2011. 1
Steve Jobs biological parents put him up for adoption at birth and was adopted by Paul
Jobs and Clara Jobs. Steves parents moved to California when he was 5, where he
befriended a computer wiz named Steve Wozniak. After graduating high school in 1972
Steve attended Reed college in Portland, Oregon. After six months he dropped out of
college and began taking other classes for the next 18 months. In that time Jobs took a
course in calligraphy which lead to the Macintosh having appropriately spaced fonts and
multiple typefaces. All those features were what made the macintosh very unique and it
was revolutionary for that time. Jobs took a job as a technician for atari in 1973. In 1974
Jobs went to India in search of spiritual enlightenment at Neem Karoli Baba. He
adopted Indian beliefs by shaving his head and wearing the traditional Indian clothing.
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Steve then began practicing Zen Buddhism and maintained that practice until his death.
Steve later tried the drug LSD and described it as "one of the two or three most
important things [he had] done in [his] life". Steve Ronald Wayne and Wozniak founded
a business named Apple Computer Company because of a happy summer where Steve
jobs picked apples.2 They began selling circuit boards. Ronald Wayne left shortly after
the conception of the company. Steve was later fired from Apple and said the
heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again,
less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my
life.3 In 1985 he founded NeXT with 7 million dollars but began failing and seeked help
from billionaire Ross Perot who invested in the company. NeXT was later purchased by
Apple and its technology was used to run the app store and iTunes. Steven later bought
Pixar studios in 1986 which at that time was called the graphics group, for 10 million.
Jobs resigned from being Apples CEO but remained as a chairman and received a $1
dollar salary. 50 cents for attending one meeting and another 50 cents for his
performance. Forbes calculated his wealth to 8.3 billion in 2010 making him Jobs the
42nd most wealthy American. 4 Steve always attended reveal events with a black
turtleneck and levi jeans, he owned more than 100 pairs of Levi jeans. Steve maintained
his same appearance when revealing new products such as the iMac, iPod and iPhone.
Apple revolutionized modern technology, the iPhone is one of the best selling phones of
all time and continues its growth every single year with its successor iPhones. Although

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Steve is not widely known for his philanthropy Apple later began selling red colored
products as charity for Product Red.
Steve jobs was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and had to leave Apple on medical
leave. He had a rare form of Pancreatic cancer, the only kind that was treatable and
curable. Jobs never wanted to take any medicine and instead put all of his faith in his
diet and food he consumed.5 Jobs rejected surgery and instead used herbal medicines,
acupuncture and even tried to receive help from a psychic. After all his attempts at
improvising for modern medicine he underwent surgery in 2004. In 2006 Steve gave the
keynote for the WorldWide Developers Conference and appeared very slim and
unhealthy. Steves condition began to appear worse and he revealed in an apple memo
that his condition was more complex than he originally thought. Jobs continued to work
for Apple even six weeks prior to his death. 6 Steve died at his home on October 5th
2011 in Palo Alto, CA due to hardships with his relapse from his treatment for pancreatic
cancer and died from respiratory arrest. After his death headquarters from companies
like microsoft and Apple lowered their flags half staff to commemorate the death of
Steve Jobs and on the Apple web page there was a grayscale portrait with his lifespan
next to it. If the portrait was clicked on it lead to an obituary, that read Apple has lost a
visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those
of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear
friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have
built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. 7 There was a book written as
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a biography for him and there was even a movie released depicting his work in Apple
and his life where he was portrayed by Ashton Kutcher entitled Jobs.