The Excellence of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs displays arête in many ways, for one, being the most prolific icon in the tech industry, and two, for becoming so while fighting a terminal cancer.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955, in San Francisco, and was put into adoption. He went to high school in Cupertino, California, which is not the headquarters of Job’s billion-dollar corporation, Apple. While Jobs was in Cupertino, he attended after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto. He soon earned a summer job there and worked with future Apple co. founder Steve Wozniak, who was at the time a computer hacker. Jobs dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon after just one semester. However, he still continued to sit in classes such as calligraphy, while sleeping on the floor in friends’ rooms and eating weekly free meals at the local Hindu Temple.
In late 1974, Jobs got a job at the popular game manufacturer Atari, working as a technician to save money for a spiritual retreat to India. Jobs then had enough money to make his pilgrimage, and went with college friend and the to- be- first Apple employee. He came back a Buddhist, with his head shaved and his mind cleared. He then began his experimentation with LSD, calling them one or two of the most important things he had done in his life.
In 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Computers Inc. In that year, they released their first computer, the Apple I, which didn’t doo so well because if did not have a monitor or a keyboard. However, the next year, they released the Apple II, with monitor, keyboard and all, and there were in business. Five years later, Jobs asked Pepsi executive John Scully to serve as Apple’s CEO. Jobs asked him “Do you want to keep selling sugar for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world.”
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