Profile of Steve Jobs
Jobs helped changed the course of history with the reinvention of several industries including:
Hello I'm Jamal Andress for About.com and today we are profiling one of the greatest minds of the modern era, Steve Jobs. Jobs helped changed the course of history with the reinvention of several industries including: mobile phones, personal computing, and music.Jobs was born February 24, 1955 to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave their unnamed son up for adoption. Jobs was raised by Clara and Paul Jobs. Jobs began his relationship with technology and electronics at an early age with Paul Jobs. Jobs and his father would take apart electronics in the family garage and then put them back together. Jobs met his future business partner, Steve Wozniak, while in high school. Jobs enrolled with Reed College in Portland Oregon but dropped out soon after. Jobs would later accept a job with Atari as a video game designer before quitting that job and starting Apple Computers with Wozniak in 1976. Jobs was only 21.Jobs' other big business venture included the animation company Pixar Studios, creators of Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Jobs bought the company from George Lucas and invested nearly $50 million of his own money. Pixar movies to date have earned nearly $4 billion.Jobs' business venture with NeXT did not turn out nearly as successful as his time with Apple but he did manage to sell the company to Apple for $400 million. Shortly after being bought out by the company he started, Jobs was made interim CEO of Apple. Jobs has said that his first few months as interim CEO were some of the hardest working months he'd experienced during his professional career.After a decade-long slump without Jobs, Apple would soon return to prosperity of epic proportions. First the company released the iMac, a computer that would put Apple back on the map. Jobs would follow the iMac with the device that changed the way the world listens to music. In October of 2001, Jobs released the iPod to the world, the only way to get "1,000 songs in your pocket." The iPod was extremely successful and brought people to Apple stores across the country. In 2007, Apple released the most revolutionary smartphone of its time, the iPhone. He also created digital download stores unlike any other -- with the iTunes Music and App Stores. He continued to raise the bar with his next remarkable product - the iPad.Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. A year after Jobs' death, Apple was the most valuable company on the planet.Thanks for watching our profile of the Steve Jobs for more, check out About.com.