Steve Jobs

Creator of Apple

Early Life

Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California. Steve was put up for adoption by his biological parents, but was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. When Jobs was a kid, he showed an early interest in electronics, and loved to learn. Jobs was a very smart boy and was proactive. While in school he rebuilt and resold old cars to pay for his tuition, moved to a different/harder school due to the fact he wasn't learning anything, and once even contacted Hewlett Packard computer company for parts, where he ended up getting an internship! Jobs graduated from Santa Clara's Homestead High School, and attended Reed college for a year and a half before dropping out.

Getting Involved

After Jobs dropped out of college, he was offered a job by Atari as a video game designer. Here, he saved up enough money to take a spiritual trip to India where he philosophized about life. Jobs came back to America as a different person and met up with some old buddies including Steve Wozniak who Jobs knew from high school. Before Jobs came up with the Apple name, the group of computer geniuses called themselves the "Homebrew Computer Club." Jobs and his team worked countless hours in Jobs's parents garage (their "office" at the time). Jobs was very good with computers, but was more of a business man and led his team as the business/idea guy while Wozniak and the crew built the computer. At that time period computers were extremely complicated, so Jobs and Wozniak wanted to make a simple and user friendly machine for people to use. Enter the original Apple computer!

Choices and Results

The first Apple went on sale for $700 in 1976. In 1977, Jobs developed the Apple 2 that brought in$2.7 million the first year, and $200 million after three years. Now, Apple was a big company, and both Jobs and Wozniak were RICH. As years went on, other computer companies started to develop, and Apple's high class, expensive technology could not compete with the other cheap yet solid computers. In 1980 Apple put out the Apple 3 and in 1983 the Lisa. Both of these computers were not successful, and Apples popularity was declining. In order to get back in the game Apple developed the Macintosh in 1984 to be more user friendly. However, Jobs made the mistake of not installing a hard disk drive or offering a good printer with the computer. After this, buyers didn't buy the Macintosh, so the company's CEO John Sculley who Jobs picked for the job forced Jobs out of Apple. Jobs was no longer a big part of Apple!

In His Words

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." -Steve Jobs

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." -Steve Jobs


After leaving Apple, Jobs started a successful company named NeXT. Jobs managed it well, but it never had the potential Apple did. Jobs also bought Pixar Animation Studios off of George Lucas. Pixar made Jobs over a billion dollars, and Jobs helped to create animations such as Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, etc. However, things at Apple were not looking good without Jobs, so Apple basically begged Jobs to come back home. He accepted, and his creativeness and will to be successful helped make Apple great again with new Mac systems, IBooks, Powermacs, Ipods, Imacs, Itunes, Imac, Ipad, and Iphones! Apple was better then ever and so was Steve! Nobody could get enough of Apple products.

Words for Steve Jobs

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together... We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always retained a certain respect and communication, including even when he was sick." -Bill Gates


Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011 in Palo Alto, California. Steve Jobs and his company have affected everyone's daily lives to this day. Many people have Apple products like IPhones, Imacs, IPods, and more, which thank Steve Jobs for. Steve Jobs impacted technology forever and will always be a role model to look up to.

Annotated Bibliography

1. "Steve Jobs." Newsmakers. Detroit: Gale, 2000. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

Gave good/reliable information about Steve Jobs life. Had a lot about early life and his success.

2. "Steven Paul Jobs." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Detroit: Gale, 1999. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

Good/reliable information on Steve Jobs Legacy and other companies besides Apple.

3. "Steve Jobs at the 13th Annual Producers Guild Awards." MCT Photos. 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

Great look of Steve Jobs. Shows his facial features clearly and his style. No quality early life photos so a casual photo showed his modern look.

4. "Steve Jobs poses with iMac." Mathematics. Ed. Barry Max Brandenberger, Jr. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

iMac was a computer Steve came up with. This shows what the original iMac looked like along with Steve Jobs at that time.

5. "Steven Jobs, John Scully, Steve Wozniak with Apple IIc computer." World of Computer Science. Gale, 2007. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

Shows some Apple products and the people Jobs worked with. Wozniak and Scully are shown here, and were a big part of Apple

6. "Steve Jobs." Computer Sciences. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2014. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

Shows Jobs with the Iphone.Showed what iphones looked like back before all the new iphone upgrades and showed Jobs holding it. Many people have iphones so thats why this photo was put in the legacy section.

7."Steve Jobs Unveils the New iPhone in San Francisco." UPI Photo Collection. 2008. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

Showed Jobs speaking to a crowd about a new product. Shows his business mindset and atmosphere.


Quote by Steve Jobs that inspires me. This quote stuck out to me compared to the other quotes.


Revealed a philosophy Steve went by that made him so successful- believing in himself!


Showed Bill Gates point of view on Steve Jobs. Showed he was respected even by rivals


Further information on Steve Jobs. If people are inerested and want to learn more they can watch.

Steve Jobs Biography - Founder of Apple | Documentary 2016.