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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Success Story-Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our generation. His success story is legendary.
Put up for adoption at an early age, dropped out of college after 6 months, slept on friends’ floors, returned coke bottles for 5 cent deposits to buy food, then went on to start Apple Computers and Pixar Animation Studios. With Steve Wozniak, They designed computer games for Atari and a telephone "blue box", getting much of their impetus from the Homebrew Computer Club. On this basis the Apple Corporation was founded, the name based on Job's favorite fruit and the logo chosen to play on both the company name and the word byte. Through the early 1980's Jobs controlled the business side of the corporation, successively hiring presidents who would take the organization to a higher level. With the layoffs of 1985 Jobs lost a power struggle with John Sculley, and after a short hiatus reappeared with new funding to create the NeXT corporation. Pixar has created half of the top six domestic grossing animated films of all time: Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998) and Toy Story 2 (1999). Each film was released under Pixar's partnership with Walt Disney Pictures, and became the highest grossing animated film for the year it was released. Another new relaease of The Apple is a new gadgets is called the iPod. The iPod is a combination digital audio player and portable hard drive from Apple Computers which analysts say has literally become a cultural icon that’s already shaping the future of the digital industry. Its features include a music and/or video player, calendar, address book, to-do list, alarm clock with sleep timer, games, text reader and many more. Created in October 2001 by a 35-member team of designers led by Tony Fadell, who is now the senior Vice President of the iPod division of Apple and Steve Jobs who co-founded the company with Steve Wozniak and is now its CEO, the iPod was born into a market niche that already had major players, albeit not as successful as they could be. So, what to do? Apple decided to develop its own digital player. The result? “The iPod”, a cool device that puts over “1,000 songs in your pocket.” The iPod has ever since its release locked up the top distinction of being Apple’s best-selling segment by far, and seems set to remain that way for a long time to come.

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