In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

On October 5, 2011, the world lost the visionary creator of Apple, Steve Jobs to pancreatic cancer.

Jobs had been battling cancer for several years, and took medical leave from Apple in January just eight months before he stepped down as CEO.

Apple was founded in Cupertino, CA in Jobs’ garage. But before he ventured out on his own technological ventures, he was offered a summer job at Hewlett-Packard. It was during his time at HP that he met Steve Wozniak, and the duo began to create the first product of the company, Apple 1 in 1976.

Though their first launch was unsuccessful, the company only grew from there. The next product, Apple II, began the revolution of personal computers, and so the company really took off.

What some might not know about Jobs is that he pioneered the idea of using a mouse on personal computers instead of entering text to operate the machine. Soon after this invention and the Macintosh computer, Jobs was pushed out of Apple over a power struggle.

It was only ten years before Jobs found more success when he bought Pixar Animation Studios just before the release of Toy Story. Jobs also pitched the idea for Finding Nemo, earning the respect of many of his colleagues.

Jobs leaves behind an iLegacy of inventions that have changed the face of technology for our generation and undoubtedly many generations to come.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”



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