Most of us have never met Mr. Steve Jobs, the founder and visionary behind Apple Inc. Yet, it feels like he is always with us - Whether we are typing our school assignment on our Macbooks, jamming to some music on the iPod, feverishly texting friends from our iPhones or, just putzing around with our iPads. Yesterday, this amazing man finally succumbed to the pancreatic cancer that had been plaguing him for many years, leaving the world with a void that will be hard to fill.
A college dropout, Mr. Jobs spent the first few years of his career working at gaming company Atari. On April 1st 1976, working out of a garage in Northern California, he and high school pal Steve Wozniak, built their first computer circuit board, creating what would eventually become the Apple 1 computer. Though it looked nothing like the sleek Apple products we are used to, it and future versions were quite successful and Apple Inc. was born, with Mr. Jobs at the helm.
In 1983, a year before the first Macintosh was released, Mr. Jobs relinquished the CEO position to an outsider named John Sculley. By 1985, the two had a falling out and Mr. Jobs left the company, which as it turns out, was fortuitous, for all of us.
For not only did he begin a new computer company called 'NeXT', but also, brought us the magical world of animated movies by purchasing a tiny division of Lucasfilms known as 'Pixar Animation Studios', and turning it into a revolutionary movie studio, responsible for classics like Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles and WALL-E, among others.
And then, the world got lucky again - Things were not going so well at Apple Inc. and the company lured Mr. Jobs back, by purchasing NeXT. Soon, he was CEO and the rest as they say, is history.
Under his magical touch the sleepy little Cupertino-based company turned into one of world's most valuable companies thanks to the introduction of innovative products and sleek computers.
Today, thanks to this amazing visionary, Apple Inc. is a household name, affecting all of us in some way or another which, is probably the reason why his death has left us feeling like we all lost a loved one. R.I.P Mr. Jobs - We will never forget you!
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