This biography of Apple's co-founder tells the Good, the Bad and the Ugly sides of Jobs. The authors admire Jobs many accomplishments despite the many personal shortcomings they catalog, as examples of ''Stevian'' over-the-top idiosyncrasies. Not every Knight comes with shining armor which makes Mr. Jobs story all the more interesting.
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But there's much to admire about Jobs. An adopted child of a northern California working class couple, he parlayed rabid curiosity about electronics, preternatural entrepreneurial zeal and a fierce sense of self into a partnership with the brilliant Steve Wozniak and created the revolutionary Apple II, the first popular personal computer.
The pair became multimillionaires, though Wozniak eventually left the company to finish his college degree and to pursue other interests -- including flying small airplanes -- after nearly dying in a plane crash.
Jobs subsequently latched onto and took over a project ( he orginally didn't agee with ) at Apple to develop the next generation machine, and the resulting Macintosh became the computer of choice for artists and other creative folks. But Jobs' prickly personality and immense ambition may have helped drive his success but also fueled clashes with executives, board members and others, and led to his forced departure from the company he co-founded. He was fired buy the President he had hired.
That was Steve Jobs first wild Act I. Next came Act II - one of the greatest come backs in business history.
Authors Jeffrey Young and William Simon also chronicle what came next. After leaving Apple, Jobs' new computer company, NeXT, was a near-disaster. Though technologically advanced, the box was expensive and ill suited for its intended market, universities. Still, the operating system held great promise and the possibility for Jobs' return to the spotlight.
When divorce forced Star Wars director George Lucas to sell off his nascent computer animation company, Pixar, Jobs scooped it up at a fraction of the asking price. Soon, the production company allied with Disney and became a creative powerhouse in its own right, with smash films, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. When Pixar went public, Jobs became a billionaire. At the same time, Apple was having a rough time with its latest CEO, Gil Amelio, who slashed costs, consolidated product lines and seemed to be on the verge of turning the company around despite a lack of ''Stevian'' political prowess.His search for an appropriate operating system for a new, more powerful Macintosh attracted Jobs' attention. His NeXT software was the ticket back to Apple. After some deft machinations, Amelio was sent packing and Jobs became ''interim'' CEO.
Soon, some new, very cool computers were introduced by Apple and the company was again deemed successful and sexy, though Young and Simon suggest that Jobs was the beneficiary of the departed Amelio's cost-cutting and new product development initiatives.Regardless, Jobs struck gold and silver again with the introduction of the iPod music player, and the ''interim'' was removed from his title.
The biography includes many personal details that surely embarrass Jobs, such as his early abandonment of a daughter born to an unmarried girlfriend (both of whom he later reconciled with and supported), along with endless examples of pride, egotism, venality, ruthlessness and conceit.
It is a fascinating and engaging story. We now know it turned out to be a story book ending with Apple stock going from $8 a share in 2002 to over $185 by October, 2007. Apple’s market value was over $163 billion dollars - exceeding Intel market value. Warts and all, for better or worse, Steve Jobs is undisputedly an American business icon. And after the Failures of his first act as apple CEO his Second Act as CEO is consider the greatest come back in business history.
Steve Jobs Memorabilia Pirates of Silicon Valley
Yes, watch for free the HD full version. Who knows how long before it's pulled off YouTube. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) is an unauthorized made-for-television docudrama based upon the book Fire in the Valley. The film begins in the early 1970s and ends with a birthday party for Steve Jobs in 1985, shortly before he is to be fired by CEO John Sculley the man he hired. It covers the early years of Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. You learn how Job's and Gate's lives become intertwined and what created the friction between them. The movie is a must see for any one interested in learning more about the founders of Apple and Microsoft and how they begged and borrowed the money to start their companies. And you will learn how Hewlett-Packard, where Steve Wozniak worked, turned down a chance to have Wozniaks invention for themselves. The movie provides a flash back to the 1970's and the lives of the man who created the Apple and Microsoft Empires.