Steve Jobs

American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple

Brief Biography

Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. As the son of two unmarried college students who didn't want to raise a kid, he was put up for adoption. Paul Jobs and Clara Jobs adopted him and raised him in Mountain View, California. His parents were both smart and provided him with good opportunities growing up. Young Steve Jobs grew up in a neighborhood of engineers working on electronics and other gizmos in their garages on weekends. This shaped his interest in the field as he grew up. At age 13, he met one the most important persons in his life: 18-year-old Stephen Wozniak, an electronics wiz kid with whom he would later found Apple. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in 1976. Apple's revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.

Contributions:

The iMac

Under Jobs' leadership, Apple introduced the all-in-one iMac computer in 1998. The iMac looked steadfastly toward the future, becoming the first machine to eschew a floppy-disk drive (it offered only a CD-ROM slot). It was also marketed as being Internet-ready out of the box. The iMac also drew notice for its stylishness, a recurring theme during Jobs' tenure at Apple. The iMac was sleek with rounded contours, and it came in an assortment of bright colors — quite a departure from Apple's previous desktops, which were drab, beige and boxy. When first developed, the iMac helped usher in the age of the internet. Today, the iMac continues the set the standard in all-in-one computing.

The iPhone

The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 had a seismic effect on the smartphone industry that reverberates to this day. Before the iPhone, smartphones were used primarily for chatting and emailing; now they are web-surfing, do-everything machines packed full of useful (and, often, time-wasting) apps. Every year, tech geeks around the world salivate and speculate about the introduction of a new iPhone version, like this year's iPhone 5. Steve Jobs's innovations fundamentally changed the smartphone market and inspired countless imitations.

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Applying the principles of HUNT

Harness your vision: Jobs was inspired to create simple, easy to use electronics for consumers.


Underestimate the roadblocks: Jobs knew it would be hard to usher in change with the the 1998 iMac, so he worked hard to push the Internet and CD-ROMs over floppy drives.


Network: Jobs partnered with Steve Wozniak and collaborated with many Silicon Valley tech geniuses to make his ideas become reality.


Take the first step: Jobs invested huge amounts of time and money to start Apple with Wozniak, taking a bold step into the future of technology.

By Zeb White

Virtual Econ 6th period