Success Story of a Great American Inventor: Steve Jobs

5 min readSep 19, 2020

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1995, in San Francisco, California, and Clara and Paul Jobs adopted him. His biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali, was a Political science professor, and his mother, Joanne Schieble, worked as a speech therapist. The couple decided to give up their son for adoption and chose an adoptive parent who was well educated, wealthy, and catholic. When Joanne learned that none of them went to a college, she refused to sign the adaptive paper and take the matter to court. Paul and Clara convinced Joanne that they would pay for the child’s college education. Joanne and Jandali got married after Joanne’s father’s death and had another child, Mona Simpson, the steve jobs sister, who grew up and became a novelist.

He spent his early childhood with his adoptive parents in Mountain View, California, that slowly became a center of electronics. Paul and Clara were very open about his background. The family also adopted a girl Patricia when the steve was two, and he grew up happily with Paul and Clara. Paul Jobs’ love for mechanics and worked on electronics in the family garage. Paul passes his knowledge to his son on how to take parts and reconstruct electronics. As a boy, Jobs admired his father’s craftsmanship, and he was deeply involved in electronics and became friends of many engineers who lived in the neighborhood.

Steve was a prankster in school; he always pranks people with his friend, and teachers cannot do anything before the fourth-grade school decided to put them in different classes. Steve’s fourth-grade teacher caught his interest by bribing him with $5 and. At the end of the fourth grade, he tested so well, and to keep him stimulated, the school suggests that he should have skipped six and seven steps. His parents decided to skip one class, so they put him at Crittenden Middle school. After high school, he enrolled at Reed College in Portland, and he dropped out of college after six months. Jobs spent the next 18 months in the creative classes at school, which developed his love for typography.

When Jobs was enrolled at Homestead High School, when he met with Wozniak at the University of California, Berkeley, they both have common interests, and when they meet to talk about the pranks they have pulled and the electronics they have designed. In 1976 they both started Apple computers and funded their entrepreneurial venture by selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak sold his scientific calculator. They both credited the revolutionizing of the best computer industry with Apple by making machines smaller, cheaper, and accessible to everyone.

In 1980, Apple computer became the best public traded company with a value of $1.2 billion. The next product from apple has design flaws resulting in consumer disappointment, and IBM surpassed the apple in sales. When Apple released the Macintosh, the performance of the macintosh was superior to IBM’s Pcs, but it was not still compatible with IBM. The executives believed that Jobs was hurting Apple and put him in a more marginalized position and thus left Apple in 1985.

After resigning from Apple, Jobs founded NeXT, which is a hardware and software enterprise. The company sells its specialized operating system to mainstream America and continues to be an integral part of computers. Apple eventually bought the company in 1996. In 1997 Jobs returned to his post as Apple’s CEO and put Apple on track, effective branding campaign, and stylish design, which caught the attention of the customer. Then Apple introduced new products such as Macbook Air, iPod, and iPhone, and competitors scrambled to produce comparable technologies. In 2008, Apple became the second-biggest music retailer in America and №1 among fortune 500 companies for return to shareholders.

In 1986, he acquired a small company from George Lucas, which was later renamed Pixar. The Pixar team started experimenting with demo films, and they were ambitious to create the first entirely featured computer-animated film. The Walt Disney company dealt with Pixar and produced the movie Joy Toy which is directed by John Lasseter. Jobs knew Pixar’s potential, so he had invested $50 million in the company, which paid off when Toy Story became the highest-grossing movie. Pixar animation studio held its IPO, and Studio merged with Wallet Disney. Jobs met with Laurene Powell at Stanford Business School, where she was a Mba student. They have three children Reed, Erin, Eve, and employment also have a daughter, Lisa, with girlfriend Chrisann Brennan. When Lisa was seven years old, she came to live with her father.

Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, and the doctor asked him to treat it immediately, but he refused to undergo surgery and focused on alternative treatment methods. Nine months later, he underwent surgery and returned to work soon after his operation. In 2009, Jobs took a six-month leave of absence, and Tim Cook ran the company while Jobs was away. In April that year, jobs underwent a successful liver transplant and became a public advocate for organ donation. He continued working at Apple until he died in his Palo Alto home in California.




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