The passing of Steve Jobs was met with a huge amount of Tweets and messages on every social media platform. The man was a business icon with an exceptional brain, having created some of the most popular products and industry trends in the world today. Most commonly known for his role as Apple CEO, Jobs also had his hand in other big business ventures too.
NeXT was the company that Steve founded after being fired from Apple in 1985. The company produced personal computers and software that was tailored for higher education and business market purposes. The company stopped manufacturing hardware in 1993 and concentrated on creating software instead. The name changed from NeXT to NeXT Software Inc and the software they created was later used as the base for Mac OS X and iOS – the operating system of all the i products. The operating system was also used on Intel systems and was called NeXTSTEP. NeXT created WebObjects, which was a platform used to build web applications on. It is still used on the Apple iTunes Store and also on Apple’s official website. Jobs got Apple to buy NeXT for $429 million and with the buy he returned to Apple on a limited advisory role. Jobs got 1.5 million shares in Apple as well.
Pixar is a common name in the movie industry and has created some of the best animation movies of our time. The company, however, started as a computer hardware company that designed computers for government and medical sectors only. It was first known as The Graphics Group until Steve Jobs bought the company in 1986 and renamed it Pixar. The company brought us movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc and Cars. They hold the title for the highest grossing animated film of all time with Toy Story 3 racking up $1 billion globally. They make an average gross of $602 million which is far more than any other film studio at the moment. Steve Jobs became a billionaire after Pixar went public in 1995. In 2006 Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion and Jobs got 7% of Disney stock.
Steve founded Apple in 1976 with his two partners, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne. The company started out making computers but the first one ever created came with no casing, keyboard, power supply or display. In 1977 Apple released the Apple II which was extremely successful and was actually the start of computers in general. After convincing John Sculley to join Apple, Sculley and the board of directors at Apple fired Jobs from his role in the Mac Division. He resigned from the company in 1985 but joined them again in 1996 after having major success with Pixar and NeXT. His role at that time was iCEO and even though he returned to the company he still held his position as CEO of Pixar. Jobs launched the iMac and brought Apple back on the technological map. Apple opened their first retail stores in California and Virginia in 2001. That same year they also launched the iPod, which would go on to sell more than 100 million units in the next six years. They then created the iTunes Store which was another great success. Apple then put their stamp on the computer industry by using Intel processors in their Mac Books. In 2007 Apple released the iPhone which was and still is an extremely popular phone worldwide. In 2010 Apple introduce the iPad to the world and it became the fastest selling electronic product of all time. The last introduction Jobs made was the iPad 2 in 2011. He stepped down as CEO of Apple and left Tim Cook with one of the best jobs in the world – to continue the Apple legacy.
Steve Jobs was more than influential to many people, he was a technological legend and his legacy will live on forever through his many magnificent creations.