Steve Jobs – The father of personal computing
The slim, sleek and snazzy cell phone in your pocket has indeed covered a long journey from a dumb and boring device to what you call it today; Smartphone.
Just a decade ago people had no idea of what a smartphone was and today there is hardly anyone who doesn’t own one. Tracking down the history of mobile phones, the first smartphone was created by IBM and Bellsouth in 1993. Ericsson coined the phrase ‘smartphone’ for the first time and released its R380 in the year 2000. Several other leading brands like the Blackberry, Nokia, Motorola ushered into the world of smartphones but none of them could create the magic like the iPhones did. This article is not about the history and evolution of smartphones rather it is a tribute to the great man who marked the advent of a new era with his revolutionary ideas and extraordinary visions. This man was Steve Jobs.
Born in San Francisco, California on 24 February,1955, Steve Paul Jobs was the adopted child of his parents Clara and Paul Jobs. At a very young age he developed a passion for gadgets and would spent hours with his father working on electronics in their family garage. After graduating from Homestead high school he enrolled in Reed college only to drop out after 6 months. This was the turning point in his life.
He started taking creative classes like learning calligraphy. He worked briefly at Atari as a video game designer. For months he had no idea where to head for and whether he had taken the right decision. But destiny already had a much bigger plan for him. During this time he went for a spiritual tour to India. After returning back, he along with his friend Steve Wozniak started the Apple computers in his family garage during mid 70s. After Wozniak’s Apple I, the duo made the Apple II. It was the first ever personal computers that sold like hotcakes and in no time Jobs and his company rose to immense popularity and he became a millionaire by the time he reached 23! In the following years he created the Macintosh computers which again was a breakthrough.
In the next 10 years from a 2-person company started in a garage, Apple became a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. He once beautifully described that how the things he had learnt in his calligraphy classes long back that seemed to have no practical use at that time, gave him the idea of developing different typography in the Mac. Jobs strongly believed that everything that happens in life is intricately intertwined and all happens for a reason. May be you cannot connect the dots looking forward but after few years when you look back, you will be able to connect them. All you need is to have trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever!
But if you are thinking that after stepping out of the garage life was a cakewalk for Steve, get a room for yourself. Soon after the release of Macintosh, its sales dropped drastically and he was fired from his own company at 30. He described this phase of his life as too scary and devastating. All his dreams and hopes shattered. But there was still something that kept him going; he loved what he did. After being thrown out of Apple he started everything from the beginning again. He started a company called NeXT and bought the Pixar Animation Studios which was at the brink of collapsing.
Meanwhile Apple without Jobs failed to rule the market and soon started staggering from its position. In 1995 Apple bought NeXT for its excellent software developing systems and Jobs was back to the company he created and Pixar made its first highly successful animated feature film- Toy Story.
Hadn’t he been thrown out of Apple there wouldn’t have been any NeXT or Pixar. He once said “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”
From hereon there was no looking back and Apple was all set to return with a bang. It released a series of fascinating products like the iPod, MacBook and launched the iTunes. In 2007 the most revolutionary product, the iPhone was released. It changed the entire face of cellular industry. Now the phones had a wide variety of applications other than just making phone calls and all other brands started copying the Apple. It appeared as if Jobs had catapulted the Apple computers in the iPhones! It was aesthetically beautiful and technologically magnificent.
In few years Apple became the world’s largest company and Jobs became one of the richest man on the planet. But Jobs never cared about that. All he cared about was to do something great, something different. Steve Jobs was a man who wasn’t born great but achieved greatness through his hard work and brilliant ideas.
On 5 October, 2011, at the age of 56, Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, bidding the whole world a tearful goodbye. He opened a new door in the realm of innovation and entrepreneurship and inspired millions. Apple still continues to maintain it top position in the world of technology and never fails to astonish the public with its new innovations and products.
In 2005, in his Commencement speech at Stanford University, he quoted “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”