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Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California. His unwed biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, put him up for adoption. Steve was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a lower-middle-class couple, who moved to the suburban city of Mountain View a couple of years later. The Santa Clara county, south of the Bay Area, became known as Silicon Valley in the early 1950s after the sprouting of a myriad of semi-conductor companies. As a result, young Steve Jobs grew up in a neighborhood of engineers working on electronics and other gizmos in their garages on weekends. This shaped his interest in the field as he grew up. At age 13, he met one the most important persons in his life: 18-year-old Stephen Wozniak, an electronics wiz kid, and, like Steve, an incorrigible prankster. Five years later, when Steve Jobs reached college age, he told his parents he wanted to enroll in Reed College — an expensive liberal arts college up in Oregon. Even though the tuition fees were astronomical for the poor couple, they had promised their son's biological parents he would get a college education, so they relented. Steve spent only one semester at Reed, then dropped out, as he was more interested in eastern philosophy, fruitarian diets, and LSD than in the classes he took. He moved to a hippie commune in Oregon where his main activity was cultivating apples. A few months later, Steve returned to California to look for a job. He was hired at the young video game maker Atari, and used his wages to make a trip to India with one of his college friends, in order to 'seek enlightenment'. He came back a little disillusioned and started to take interest in his friend Woz's new activities.

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  • Steve Jobs 1955-2011
  • Chapter 1Steve Jobs- 1955-2011
  • An era ends: Steve Jobs, rebelicon and merchant of cool, is deadSteve Jobs, innovator extraordinaire, who started up Apple Inc in a Silicon Valley garage and builtit up into the worlds most innovative company, died on Wednesday. He was 56.Apple said in a brief statement: We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed awaytoday. (Read Apples statement here.)Steves brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich andimprove all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.Steves brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich andimprove all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.Jobs had stepped down from the chief executive role in late August, saying he could no longerfulfill his duties, and became chairman. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, andreceived a liver transplant in 2009.Jobs family issued a brief statement:Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. Weare thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year ofSteves illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We knowmany of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
  • Reuters adds: The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod, iPhone and iPad was deemedthe heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.Apple paid homage to their visionary leader by changing their website to a big black-and-whitephotograph of him with the caption Steve Jobs: 1955-2011. The flags outside the companysheadquarters at 1 Infinite Loop flew at half mast.Jobs health had been a controversial topic for years and his battle with a rare form of pancreaticcancer a deep concern to Apple fans and investors.In past years, even board members have confided to friends their concern that Jobs, in his questfor privacy, was not being forthcoming enough with directors about the true condition of hishealth.Intimations of mortalitySix years ago, Jobs had talked about how a sense of his mortality was a major driver behind thatvision.Remembering that Ill be dead soon is the most important tool Ive ever encountered to help memake the big choices in life, Jobs said during a Stanford commencement ceremony in 2005.Because almost everything all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or fail-ure these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking youhave something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.Watch this inspirational commencement address by Steve Jobs at Stanford University in 2005:
  • Will Apple stay creative?Now, despite much investor confidence in his successor Tim Cook, who has stood in for his bossduring three leaves of absence, there remain concerns about whether Apple would stay a crea-tive force to be reckoned with in the longer term without its visionary. Jobs died one day after theconsumer electronics powerhouse unveiled its latest iPhone, the gadget that transformed mobilecommunications and catapulted Apple to the highest echelons of the tech world.His death triggered an immediate outpouring of sympathy.Outside an Apple store in New York, mourners laid candles, bouquets of flowers, an apple and aniPod Touch in a makeshift memorial.I think half the world found out about his death on an Apple device, said Robbie Sokolowsky, 32,an employee for an online marketing company, who lit a candle outside the store.Cook said in a statement that Apple planned to hold a celebration of Jobs life for employeessoon.How it all beganA college dropout, Buddhist and son of adoptive parents, Jobs started Apple Computer with friendSteve Wozniak in 1976. The company soon introduced the Apple 1 computer.But it was the Apple II that became a huge success and gave Apple its position as a critical player inthe then-nascent PC industry, culminating in a 1980 initial public offering that made Jobs a multi-millionaire.Despite the subsequent success of the Macintosh computer, Jobs relationship with top manage-ment and the board soured. The company removed most of his powers and then in 1985 he wasfired.Apples fortunes waned after that. However, its purchase of NeXT the computer company Jobsfounded after leaving Apple in 1997 brought him back into the fold. Later that year, he becameinterim CEO and in 2000, the company dropped interim from his title.Along the way Jobs also had managed to revolutionise computer animation with his other compa-ny, Pixar, but it was the iPhone in 2007 that secured his legacy in the annals of modern technologyhistory.Forbes estimates Jobs net worth at $6.1 billion in 2010, placing him in 42nd place on the list ofAmericas richest. It was not immediately known how his estate would be handled.Tributes to Steve Jobs:Microsoft founder Bill Gates: Im truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs death. Melinda andI extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touchedthrough his work.Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends overthe course of more than half our lives.The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of
  • which will be felt for many generations to come.For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, its been an insanely great honor. I will missSteve immensely.Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg: Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks forshowing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.Google co-founder Larry Page: I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was agreat man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able tosay in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focuson the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind toreach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge eventhough he was not at all well. My thoughts and Googles are with his family and the whole Applefamily.Googles Sergey Brin: Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touchedan Apple product. On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will bemissed very much.President Barack Obama: Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs.Steve was among the greatest of American innovators brave enough to think differently, boldenough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.By building one of the planets most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified thespirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pock-ets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turninghis talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve wasfond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives,redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed theway each of us sees the world.The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steves success than the factthat much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send ourthoughts and prayers to Steves wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.If youd like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences, Apple encourages you to write inat rememberingsteve@apple.com- FP Staff
  • Why Steve Jobs love affair withIndia ended very, very earlyIf first impressions are very difficult to dislodge, Steve Jobs studied avoidance of India for most ofhis working life can probably be traced to his first tryst with the country in late 1973.That was before he had even thought of launching Apple, creator of the iconic MacIntosh comput-ers. Jobs, then 18-and-odd years old, came to India with a hippie mindset along with a friend, DanKottke, after dropping out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.What brought him to India? Was it a karmic connection? We know very little about that, exceptthat after he dropped out of college he earned his keep by returning Coke bottles and sought aweekly free meal at a local Hare Krishna Temple.Said Jobs: I didnt have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends rooms, I returned Cokebottles for the 5-cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across townevery Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it.One cant say for sure, but those free meals were probably what got him and friend Kottke, whowas later to become Apples first employee, to backpack in India in search of enlightenment.But whether he found what he wanted or not is not clear. He did find something in Buddhism, forhe shaved his head and wore loose-fitting Indian clothing often and experimented with psychedelicsubstances.But the one guru he came to meet Neem Karori Baba, a Hanuman devotee who had some Ameri