Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple

Steve Jobs has been most of the most remarkable Leaders in the Digital Age, however news today confirmed that Steve Jobs is stepping down from his role as CEO of Apple. As a Leader, a Businessman, a Visionary and Inventor, Steve Jobs is clearly an individual who tried his all to Maximise his Potential, and hopefully the brief article below will help to paint a picture about who he is and what he has contributed to society:

It is well known that Steve Jobs has been battling ill health in recent years, having undergone a liver transplant following pancreatic cancer, said he could no longer meet his chief executive’s duties and expectations.

In his brief resignation letter to the Board of Apple, he recommended that Tim Cook takes over as CEO, while he moves into a Chairman role.

Here are some of the highlights of Steve Jobs career (most of which is taken from his Wikipedia page):

  • Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs (born February 24, 1955)
  • In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and others
  • Resigned from Apple in the 80’s after a series of disputes with the Board
  • Went on to become the Founder of NeXT – which Apple bought in 1996, returning Jobs to the role of CEO.
  • In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios, where he was CEO
  • He became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.
  • He was credited in the 1995 movie Toy Story as an executive producer.
  • Jobs is listed as either primary inventor or co-inventor in over 230 awarded patents or patent applications

Jobs has always aspired to position Apple and its products at the forefront of the information technology industry by foreseeing and setting trends, at least in innovation and style. He summed up that self-concept at the end of his keynote speech at the Macworld Conference and Expo in January 2007 by quoting ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky:

There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.

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There is an excellent video on You Tube of Steve Jobs, giving his Stanford commencement speech. If you have not seen it, please take a few moments to watch it:

Jobs is also a Beatles fan. He has referenced them on more than one occasion at Keynotes and also was interviewed on a showing of a Paul McCartney concert. When asked about his business model on 60 Minutes, he replied

My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.

I think that quote was the perfect end. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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