Steve Jobs Essay example

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Steve Jobs was born on February 25, 1955. He was soon adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, CA. Steve wasn’t happy at school in Mountain View so the family moved to Palo Alto, CA. Steve attended Homestead High School. His electronics teacher recalled that he was "something of a loner" and "always had a different way of looking at things". [www.apple-history.com]

After school, Steve attended lectures at Hewlett Packard Electronics firm in Palo Alto, CA. There he was hired as a summer employee. Another employee at Hewlett-Packard was Steven Wozniak, a recent drop-out from the University of California, Berkeley. "Woz" was an engineering whiz with a passion for inventing
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Woz like most of the clubs members, was happy with the creation of electronics. Steve wasn’t nearly the engineer as Woz and persuaded him to start work on a home computer.

Woz and Jobs designed the Apple I in Steve’s bedroom and built the first prototype in Steve’s parents garage. Apple I was a hit. Steve sold his Volkswagen microbus and Woz sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator to make enough money to build more machines. Jobs named the company Apple because of a happy summer working in an orchard in Oregon.

Jobs and Woz built the first real machine called the Apple I. They marketed it at a price of $666.00 in 1976. The Apple I was the first computer with one board. It had a built in video interface, on board ROM-which told the machine hold to load programs from an external source. Jobs and Wozniak managed $774,000.00 in sales from the Apple I. Soon after they started working on the Apple II. The Apple II supported built in circuitry allowing it to connect to a color video monitor. Jobs encouraged programmers to write code and the result was some 16,000 programs for the Apple II.

In 1977, Apple hired the most successful PR men in Silicon Valley, Regis McKenna and Nolan Bushnell. They were both very good marketers and public relation men on Apple’s board of directors.

In the first seven years of Apple’s existence, Steve Jobs had created a strong productive company with

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