He might be Fortune’s “CEO of the Decade” but Steve Jobs’ Apple stint has already spanned for over three decades. Let us take a glance at his career highlights and the way he got into Forbes’ billionaire list.
The Top 9 Events that Shaped His Success
Apple II and Woz
It was in the summer of 1977 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started selling the Apple II, the very first ever successful mass manufactured micro computer. Wozniak did most of the circuitry and software work. All of the key marketing decisions were made by Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs developed the assembled computer board, titled it after a familiar fruit, and presented it the appearance of a kitchen gadget by encasing it inside a plastic wrapper. These had been his methods in order to attract capital financing, engage a PR firm, and to promote the item as a ‘personal computer’. Apple II shut off manufacturing in the year 1993, however by then close to 6 million units had already been sold and Apple had identified its name in the public community. And also this had made Jobs and Wozniak millionaires in their early 20s.
Mac and Big Brother
In 1984, Steve Jobs made available the Macintosh personal computer to the public community employing a Ridley Scott directed television advertisement that was broadcasted one time during prime time (Superbowl XVIII). It marked the conclusion of a tiresome and tumultuous five year creation endeavours. Steve Jobs had in the beginning incorporated concepts developed at Xerox for making PCs simpler and easier to use. Immediately after he discovered what Macintosh was working on, he grabbed control of the project immediately and fastened a flag on the top whilst uttering these words, “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” The one who outraced Thought Police in smashing Big Brother’s image by using a sledgehammer was actually, Steve Jobs.
The NeXt Life
Steve Jobs, together with six other excellent employees, left Apple in between 1985 to 1996, in order to follow their dream of developing a university work station which will work upon recombinant DNA simulations which will be very affordable for young students to use in their own dorm rooms. Using the financing from Ross Perot, his crew created a sleek magnesium cube machine which sold approximately 50,000 machines in the market. Steve Jobs got NeXT out of the hardware arena in 1993 and started to focus on producing an OS given the name NeXTSTEP. NeXTSTEP was down the road utilized as the foundation for the Mac OS X.
From Pixar to Disney
Shortly after ldeparting from Apple, Jobs made one of the most rewarding investment in his whole life. For just $10M, he took this computer graphic collection from George Lucas into his Magic Computer Division and thereafter relabeled it Pixar. Discovering this gold opportunity in 3D technology, Steve Jobs requested his staff members to give up equity for patronage. Following the Toy Story success, he sold Pixar to Walt Disney for $7.4B valuation of shares and as well ended up with a seat in the panel of directors.
The Prodigal Son
Just after Jobs departed, Apple, sadly, drifted lacking purpose, producing uninspired devices and as well losing a lot of market share along the way. Actually, Apple had been at risk of bankruptcy when it bought NeXT for its operating system. And also this got Jobs back in the bargain and got him to be the interim Chief Executive Officer for one year. Steve Jobs was determined to have the company prosperous once more. He therefore developed a series of devices with brand new appearances like the tangerine iBook, the minimalist iBook G3 and Bondi iMac.
iPod and the innovation in the Music Business
Apple introduced the very first iPod in the year 2001. It had been a time when audio piracy was really a universal epidemic disease which was lowering the earnings of the music arena. Apple’s sales and profits zoomed with the launching of the iTunes stores. At these retail outlets the consumers can buy and download the songs they enjoy via the internet. iPods nowadays can hold nearly 200,000 songs. And iTunes has seen songs download over 6 billion.
The iPhone and Telecommunications Market
In the year 2007, Jobs changed the telecommunications industry by introducing the iPhone- a cell phone, music player and internet device in a single small and portable machine. iPhone offers rich software applications which has grown together with it.
Playing with the Angel of Death
When he had been having his routine health check up in 2003, his doctors observed a malignant but curable tumor in his pancreas. He ultimately agreed upon a surgical treatment in July 2004 to remove his gallbladder, the lower half of his bile duct, a portion of his pancreas, a small part of his stomach and a small portion of his small intestine. He started slimming down quickly after four years. He was forced to take a 6 months medical leave to handle his difficult health problems. It was during this period, that he received a liver transplant.
The Amazing Return
By 2009, Jobs is unquestionably back in the game. During the absence of Jobs, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook had been running Apple. He earned good remarks from Apple fans for being a stable hand. Jobs, as ever, is continuously on the watch for reinventing the Apple products and creating them far better. Steve Jobs’ quest for perfection and desire for innovation is really what even now propels him. And that’s exactly why he keeps coming back to his office table.