Steve Jobs

Taher Sapatwalla


Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California to speech therapist Joanne Schieble, age 23, and Syrian born science professor, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave their unnamed son up for adoption in San Francisco. He was then taken in by Clara and Paul Jobs and lived in Mountain View, California.

Childhood and Upbringing

  • Clara worked as an accountant and taught Jobs how to read before he went to school, and Paul was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. As a boy, Jobs and his father would work on electronics in the family garage, teaching him how to take apart and rebuild machines, building a passion in him.
  • Jobs had one more adopted sister Patty Jobs. "Paul and Clara are 100% my parents. And Joanna and Abdulfatah—are only a sperm and an egg bank. It's not rude, it is the truth."
  • He was a prankster in Monta Loma Elementary school, he was genius; the school officials allowed him to skip two grades, but his parents allowed only one.
  • Attended Cupertino Junior High and Homestead High school in 1971. Jobs became friends with neighbor Bill Hernandez and he introduced him to Steve Wozniak, who shared the same interest in electronics. Wozniak built the "Cream Soda Computer" which really interested Jobs.
  • After graduating High School in 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College at Portland Oregon. Reed was an expensive college which Paul and Clara could not afford, and were spending much of their life savings on it. Therefore, jobs dropped out after 6 months and spent the next 18 months in creative classes such as calligraphy, which will be the main base of apple.
  • In 1974, after Jobs visited India for several months, his character changed as well as his appearance. He started to practice Zen Buddhism as his religion, engaging in lengthy meditation treatments at the Tassajara Zen Mountain center.
  • Jobs joined Atari INC., California, where Jobs was assigned to build circuit boards along with his partner Steve Wozniak. After successfully creating it, they both worked together on making "blue boxes" and also could make money out of it.
  • Jobs began attending meetings of the Homebrew computer club with Wozniak in 1975, which grew his passion toward starting a business in electronics.
  • In 1976, Jobs and Wozniak started their business called "Apple Computer Company" which was named after the days they picked apples in the summer. They started off by selling circuit boards, and from this point on was when Jobs started his career.


  • At age 5, his dad would take him to the garage to explore electronics and teach him how to build, and disassemble. This was a great influence for young Jobs who first got experience in machines and how they work, instilling confidence, tenacity, and mechanical prowess in him to pursue this passion.
  • Another main influence was his friend Steve Wozniak and his love for electronics just like Jobs. When they first met in High School, Jobs loved how Steve shared the same interest as him and was greatly influenced by the computer built by Steve, the "cream soda computer."


Steve Jobs' main motivation which pushed him to achieve greater was knowing that his time was limited. He was aware that his life won't continue forever and that instead of following a set of instructions and being someone else, he decided to follow his heart and in his limited time, make a change in this world. Because of this,he had a great sense of curiosity about his passion-machines. He was curious about how it worked, how it can be improved, etc. With that mindset, he was able to invent great products which are famous around the world. He had that desire to direct and his own life be that figure in the world which made him successful.
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Famous Quotes

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life."

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me."

Compare/contrast figure's acceptance/choices/impact on a different time period

Steve Jobs' belief in spreading technology and improving the way people live would've made him widely accepted in the 20-21st century, but because of his lack of philanthropic causes would make him less significant in the late 18th-19th century.

  • Jobs wasn't widely known for his philanthropic causes, instead he had the mindset of assimilating his invention to the common people. For the time of the Gilded age, he wouldn't have been perceived as a robber baron, but not a captain of industry either. With his multi-billion dollar business, he would've obviously been looked down upon by commoners because of his lack of charity, but wouldn't corrupt them. Jobs, though, would improve industry and technology of that time and help make america become far more advanced.
  • Jobs would have been perceived as a hero in the 21st century due to his impact in technology. However, he had alternating views on religion in which some people would protest about. He was a 50-50 believer of god saying," Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don't." Other times he would act completely atheist saying that when "You're born alone, you're gonna die alone. Nothing else mattered." Jobs would also politically criticize Obama about immigration issues saying, "You're headed for a one term presidency." Although Jobs view on religion and politics would not have been accepted by some, overall, he still would've been widely accepted for the contributions he did.

If I had the same skills as Steve Jobs, which is mechanical prowess, determination, and curiosity in this time period, I would dedicate my focus to improving people's lives, even if it means not paying attention to mine. I would instead continue my college, showing my talents that I possessed in college so I could get recognized more easily, which would make it more easier to grow in my business. Since I would be a billionaire, I would be a major philanthropist, donating to all kinds of charity organizations and funds for health, etc. In terms of inventing, I would invent similar products that Jobs did and make it widely accessible. I would not change my views of religion and I would try to stay out of politics to avoid unnecessary problems. I would use my ability of electronics and make as many patents which can be not as expensive, but not necessarily technology related- it would be any invention that would improve peoples' lives.


The surrounding time period ,which was the 1950s, greatly impacted his actions and passion significantly. He grew up in a time when industrialization was growing and technology was at its start- such as the television. Jobs saw it as a opportune time to make an invention in technology. He is the man what he is today mainly because of the household he grew up in. His dad, a machinist, introduced Jobs in the life of machines and electronics. Due to his childhood experience in electronics, he later grew up as an apple CEO and created one of the most popular technology in the world. If he had lived with a different family, which didn't assimilate with machines, he might not have been able to find his talent the same way.

Steve Jobs' Legacy

  • 1976. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak form Apple Computers and build their first personal computer in Jobs’ parents’ garage.
  • 1977. Apple releases the Apple Two, which becomes the first widely-used personal computer in the world.
  • 1984. Apple launches the Macintosh, a desktop computer with the screen built in.
  • 1986. Jobs buys Pixar Animation Studios for $10 million dollars. In 1995 they release Toy Story, the first movie made entirely with computer animation. When Pixar goes public, Jobs becomes a billionaire.
  • 1998. Apple releases the iMac, which becomes the fastest-selling personal computer ever.
  • 2001. Apple introduces their first retail store and releases the iPod.
  • 2003. Apple launches the iTunes music store.
  • 2007. Apple introduces the iPhone, the first phone with a touchscreen and no keyboard. It revolutionized the cell phone industry.
  • 2010. Apple introduces the iPad
  • 2011. Apple . . . the company Jobs started in his parents’ garage . . . is briefly the world’s most valuable company. On August 9th, for a few hours, Apple’s market cap hit $342 billion.


Secondary source:

Summation: Steve Jobs was an impactful person in today's society. Author Michael Cusumano begins with his life stating that he was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California to two unmarried Wisconsin Graduates and then adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs and lived in Mountain View, California. Jobs showed his genius, but troublesome personality throughout his school years, and in 1972, Jobs graduated from high school in Cupertino and attended Reed college of liberal arts. He dropped out a semester later and then worked for the video game company Atari and went to India and practiced Zen Buddhism. In 1976, he and Steve Wozniak, his computer engineer friend, found Apple computers and started their first business. In 1977, Jobs and Wozniak created the Apple 2, the first computer personnel, and in 1980, Apple went public, and Jobs ,in his 20s, became a millionaire. Cusumano then creates a shift in Jobs' life by describing the effects of his later patents. He states that In 1984, Jobs invented Macintosh, one of the first devices with mouse control instead of command. In 1985, due to power struggles in the Apple board directors, Jobs left apple and formed NeXT, high performance computers.(Participial phrase) After buying Pixar animation studios in 1986, Jobs released his first film Toy story, followed by Finding Nemo, and Incredibles.(Periodic sentence) In 1991, Jobs married Laurene Powell and fathered four children. Cusumano than creates a mood shift to a more worried tone to get people concerned about Jobs' future by stating that In 1996, Apple almost went bankrupt without Jobs, but now with his Charismatic, perfectionist character, Jobs revived Apple and became one of the most valuable corporations. Jobs went on the creating the iPod portable music player in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad tablet computer in 2010, which became part of everyday modern life. Cusumano then makes a final shift by concluding his legacy as well as the essay by stating that his health started to degrade in the later years, including removing a pancreatic tumor and a liver transplant. In 2011, Jobs stepped down as CEO of apple and his net worth estimated to be over 7 billion. On October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs died in his home in Palo Alto, California, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Most important contribution

Steve Jobs not only created many Apple products such as IPods, IPads, IPhones, etc., but most importantly, he created job opportunities for people in America. Jobs created numerous patents which opened opportunities for many people to handle them. Jobs left the Apple company a while back with only 7000 employees, but when he returned, he had over 46000 employees and that's what started the domino effect of business. Just imagine all the occupations formed by just one company! For example, phone cases and screen protectors have been created from the Apple Company resulting in a lot more people occupied due to the new inventions. Apple stores also continue to spread around the world, creating occupations for people.

Another contribution that benefited America was that Jobs invented machines which could be available to the common household around the world rather than a toy for the rich. In one of his interviews, Jobs states “…My best contribution is not settling for anything but really good stuff, in all the details. That's my job — to make sure everything is great.” Jobs had one goal and that was to invent some object that will have a positive impact on people and something that will touch people, either in a direct form or an indirect one. Steve Jobs has succeeded in doing this by creating a product that is used all around the world by many people.

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Moral Decisions

Jobs faced many moral decisions while creating jobs. For him to create jobs he would have to have authority to do so, but many of the board directors disagreed with many of his decisions, so Jobs was fired. Jobs pronounces “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.” Jobs obviously took this as a reason to explore new inventions which could be created. The two main ones he focused on was ‘next’ and ‘Pixar.’ After a while, he returned to Apple as the CEO and created tons of jobs. Obstacles were faced such as being fired and not having as much authority to make change, but Jobs did a great job in conquering them. Becoming one of the world’s greatest inventors and the most important and respected CEOs was not something that Steve Jobs earned over night, hard work and effort was his key to success.
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