The loss of Steve Jobs back in October, 2011 was a shock wave that resonated through the industry. The co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. developed much of the technology that brought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1990’s. The company’s iPhone, iTouch and iPad designs were the result of his genius. Perhaps slightly lesser-known is his involvement with the development of Pixar and the creation of some of the movies that have built a foundation from which Disney hopes to rebuild its brand popularity.
Jobs began life as the son of an unmarried couple in 1955. He was subsequently adopted by his parents, Paul and Clara Jobs. With their dedicated devotion, Jobs learned to read before entering kindergarten. Paul Jobs had his son handling basic electronics and working with his hands as soon as he was old enough to hold a wire. Innovation and entrepreneurship were in the family’s lineage.
Steve began his career in high school, taking a summer job with Hewlett-Packard. When he graduated, he headed to Oregon, to enter Reed College. He attended for only one semester before dropping out, but continued auditing (sitting in on) classes at Reed. A calligraphy class influenced his later choice to create multiple typefaces and proportionally spaced fonts for the Mac System.
Eventually, he took a job with Atari, Inc, and later joined Apple. After some turbulent interpersonal relationships within the company, Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985. Moving on, he started a small company, NeXT Computer, and created the first computer capable of sharing voice, images, graphics and video in e-mails. In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm, and created Pixar. The company eventually merged with Disney, giving Jobs a position as the largest single shareholder in Disney, owning 7% of the company’s stock.
Steve Jobs, without a doubt, changed the face of technology as we know it. His relationships were often strained and some of his choices were questionable, but when it came to design and invention, his genius is, as yet, unparalleled. He was the consummate salesman, possessed of the ability to convince others of his products’ potential, even when they seemed outrageous and overreaching for the market.
Jobs was known as a team player, but an aggressive perfectionist who wasn’t afraid to step on toes in the pursuit of his dreams. He was loved and hated, but through it all was undeniably brilliant, contributing to the industry in ways that will be felt long beyond his lifetime. His ability to persuade was referred to as his “Reality Distortion Field” by some who knew and worked with him. Now that Jobs has passed, the distortion is lifted, and reality is changed forever.
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