Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder, chairman and CEO. Cover photo source: Flickr

Steven Paul Jobs: Birth and Adoption

1955-02-24
CA
United States
San Francisco

Paul and Clara Jobs adopted Steve despite the objection of his biological mother who preferred a placement with more educated parents. However, the couple eventually and received her consent after promising that Steve would attend college.

Jobs hired at Atari

1974
CA
United States
Los Gatos

Steve Wozniak makes his own version of a Pong game and gives the board to Jobs who leverages the board for a technician job at Atari.

Seeking Enlightenment

1974
1975
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India

Jobs used money saved from his job at Atari to travel to Indian ashram of Hindu guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He arrived to learn of the guru's death months earlier.


He returned to the U.S. after seven months with a shaved head, wearing traditional Indian clothing. He began practicing Zen Buddhism and experimented with psychedelics, including LSD.

LSD shows the way?

1975
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In Jobs' search for enlightenment, he occasionally used LSD. He later hailed this practice to New York Times reporter John Markoff as "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life."

Co-Founds Apple Computer

1976-04-01
CA
United States
Cupertino

Debuting the Apple I personal computer kit, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne co-founded Apple Computer.


Wozniak designed and hand-built the Apple I motherboard; a screen and keyboard were not included in the sale price of $666.66.


Launching on April Fools' Day and pricing their product using the "number of the Beast," the team seemingly had a sense of humor.

Apple II mass produced

1978
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Also invented by Wozniak, the Apple II was chosen as the first desktop platform of spreadsheet program VisiCalc, giving Apple an edge in the business market.

Birth of Lisa and LISA

1978
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Oregon

Jobs' ex-girlfriend gave birth to his daughter Lisa - who he refused to acknowledge as his daughter for years. Strangely, that same year he launched an Apple product also named Lisa. He (much) later acknowledged it was named for her, but, at the time, he said it was an acronym for Local Integrated System Architecture. Some joked it stood for Let's Invent Some Acronym [that works with LISA].

Macintosh brings new UI and Mouse

1984-01-10
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Macintosh launch was heavily marketed during a one minute Superbowl commercial. It brought a graphical user interface and mouse to the mass market.


After being forced out of the LISA project, jobs brought many features to the cheaper Macintosh.


Apple IPO makes Jobs uber wealthy

1980-12-12
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IPO earns Jobs $217 million.

Time's "Machine of the Year"

1982
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Jobs leaves Apple and launches NeXT

1985-09-17
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CEO John Sculley ousts Jobs from Apple. Jobs and several other Apple employees take their talent to launch NeXT. NeXT focused on computer workstations designed for education and business consumers.

Buys Pixar

1986
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Hailed as one of Jobs' biggest successes, Pixar goes on to create numerous blockbuster animated movies including Toy Story, Cars, Up, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Frozen.

Product launch becomes media spectacle

1988
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Jobs creates "mulitmedia extravaganza" with the invitation only launch of the NeXT computer at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The venue was chosen for its acoustics in order to showcase the computer's stereo sound. Multimedia artist Goerge Coates was hired to stage the unveiling and attendees received a launch poster.


The NeXT launch also re-introduced Steve Jobs, who had been out of the media limelight since his departure from Apple. He told attendees, "It's good to be back." Subsequent Steve Jobs' product launches became highly anticipated events.



Marries Laurene Powell

1991-03-19
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The couple were married twenty years until Jobs' death. They had three children: Reed, Erin & Eve.

Apple buys NeXT, Jobs soon returns to Apple helm

1996-12
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Disney acquires Pixar; Jobs now largest individual stakeholder

2006
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Disney acquires long-time partner Pixar for $7.4 billion in stock. This made Steve Jobs - who held the majority interest in Pixar - Disney's largest individual shareholder and gave him a place on their Board of Directors.

Jobs named interim CEO

1997-01
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After three years of falling stock prices and record loss, Jobs takes the helm and begins re-tooling the product line.

"Think Different" campaign propels Apple forward

1997-02
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Jobs drops the "i" in CEO

1997-03
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No longer "interim," Jobs drops the "i" from his CEO title. Meanwhile Apple is cementing the "i" in iMac, iPod, iPhone, iBook, iMovie, etc.

iTunes Music Store opens

2003-04-28
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With $.99 downloads, iTunes quickly dominates the market. Apple stock rises tenfold.

iPod & Apple Retail Stores

2001
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The beginning of a revolution in handheld devices.

Intel Macs & more iPods

2005
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Pictured onstage with Intel CEO Paul Otellini wearing a lab suit and holding a silicon wafer filled with microprocessors. Apple transitioned to the Intel chips faster than predicted.


The iPod Mini, Nano, & Shuffle roll out. Stock prices continue their steep clime.

Plans for Cupertino campus unveiled

2011-06-07
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"Mac vs. PC" campaign

2006
2009
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Justin Long as Mac and John Hodgman as PC make 66 TV ads over three years, highlighting Apple's rivalry with Microsoft and making a pop culture splash.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, tries alternative diet

2003
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Jobs has a neuroendocrine tumor of the islet cells of the pancreas. This is a more rare form of cancer but also carries a better prognosis that the more common form of pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma).


In August 2004, Jobs (finally) has his cancer surgically removed.

MacBook Air: "The World's Thinnest Notebook"

2008-01-15
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"There's an app for that"

2008-06-09
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In 2008, Apple opened it's iPhone platform to outside developers - a move that proved wise and helped launch another successful ad campaign: "There's an app for that!"


Meanwhile, speculation over Jobs' health mounts while his weight drops.

Medical Leave and Liver Transplant

2009
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Jobs unveils iPad

2010-01-27
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"The biggest thing Apple has ever done." - Jobs



Medical Leave & Final Bows

2011-06-17
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Jobs announces his open-ended medical leave, but returns to public view to unveil IPad2 and iCloud.



"That day has come" - resigns as CEO

2011-08-24
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From Apple's Library:


August 24, 2011 

Letter from Steve Jobs

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:


I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.


I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.


As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.


I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. 


I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Steve 

Succumbs to cancer at age 56

2011-10-05
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Palo Alto