According to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Steve Jobs' genius is comparable to the likes of Albert Einstein. In fact the late Apple founder found inspiration in Einstein, along with Isaac Newton, and legendary inventor Thomas Edison.
Appropriately, just as Edison had, Jobs changed the world with his inventions. In fact, with some 313 Apple patents to his name, including those we know best: the Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad, Steve Jobs has most assuredly earned his place among the world's most influential innovators—ever.
Jobs felt his computers’ designs were as important as the technology inside them. That, along with his unique vision for how people should compute in the future, is what resonated so well in the sensibilities of other creative people like himself. Steve Jobs and his childhood friend Steve Wozniak started Apple in 1976. By age 25 Jobs was a multimillionaire. But Jobs, ever demanding, ever the perfectionist, was fired by Apple in 1984.
Steve Jobs and his childhood friend Steve Wozniak started Apple in 1976. By age 25 Jobs was a multimillionaire. But Jobs, ever demanding, ever the perfectionist, was fired by Apple in 1984.
Apple struggled like a ship without a rudder in his absence. Letting no grass grow, Jobs went on to found NeXT computers and then bought the animation arm of Lucasfilm, Ltd. which became Pixar. Obviously lacking the leadership that had made Apple great originally, the company lost stock value and began to flounder. In order to woo him back, Apple purchased NeXT lured Jobs back in 1996 putting the company on the amazing success trajectory that has lasted to this day.
Apple has dominated the creative world during its rebirth, and its products are used by artists, animators, motion picture and television producers and directors and other creatives. Diehard Apple users have not only become fans over the years but indeed gleaned their careers from the creativity, style and usefulness of these devices.
Apple’s computers are renowned for not being quick to pick up computer viruses. Apple's utilization of RISC, or reduced instruction set computing, employed in iPod, iPad and iPhone creates a speedier, more insulated computing environment. Apple was also the first computer to use the "Windows" graphic user interface which all platforms employ to this day.
From a prodigy who dropped out of college, to a young visionary with a shop in his parents’ garage where the first Apple was born — to a company with 80 billion dollars in the bank, Steve Jobs is the personification of what American technology is, was and will be in the future.
Jobs married Laurene Powell, on March 18, 1991. Presiding over the wedding was a Buddhist monk. Jobs left four children, a son and two daughters and a daughter from another relationship.
Of course the question is asked: where does Apple go from here? But with current CEO Tim Cook, who worked alongside with, and shared Steve Jobs' vision, the path for the company seems well defined.