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Author Walter Isaacson

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“Steve Jobs” is a biography written by Walter Isaacson that tells the extraordinary life story of one of the most influential figures in technology and business. The book provides an intimate look into the personal and professional journey of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., showcasing his vision, innovation, and relentless pursuit of perfection.

This book was actually ordered for my boss when I worked at Miniclip but for some reason they sent it to my house (I think because they had ordered me something before). Anyway - I wasn’t sure why I was sent it but managed to read it before we worked out what had happened.

Key Points

  • Early Life and Education: Born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, Steve Jobs was adopted at a young age. He grew up in Silicon Valley and developed an interest in electronics from an early age. After dropping out of college, he traveled to India, seeking spiritual enlightenment.
  • Apple: The Early Days: In 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Wozniak in his parents’ garage. They launched the Apple I computer and later introduced the groundbreaking Apple II. Despite initial success, conflicts arose within the company as it grew rapidly.
  • The Rise and Fall: With the release of Macintosh in 1984, Apple experienced both triumphs and setbacks. Internal power struggles led to Jobs being ousted from his own company in 1985. He went on to found NeXT Inc., a computer platform development company.
  • Return to Apple: In 1997, after acquiring NeXT Inc., Apple invited Jobs back as its CEO. This marked a turning point for both Jobs and Apple as they embarked on a remarkable comeback journey.
  • iMac, iPod, iPhone: Revolutionizing Technology: Under Jobs’ leadership, Apple introduced several game-changing products that revolutionized various industries. The iMac brought simplicity and elegance to personal computers; the iPod transformed music consumption; and the iPhone redefined mobile communication.
  • Legacy: Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th, 2011 due to pancreatic cancer. His visionary approach to design thinking and user experience continues to influence and inspire countless individuals worldwide. His impact on technology, business, and popular culture is immeasurable.

About the author

Walter Isaacson is an American writer and journalist known for his biographies of prominent figures. He has also served as the CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization. Isaacson’s other notable works include biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Leonardo da Vinci. In “Steve Jobs,” he provides a comprehensive account of Jobs’ life based on extensive interviews with him, his family members, friends, colleagues, and competitors.

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