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Steve Jobs: His Life, His Legacy

Whether you are a fan of Apple products or not, know that the world owes a lot to Steve Jobs (1955-2011). The inventor of the touch screen smartphone left behind many innovations. A visionary entrepreneur who mastered the cool attitude to perfection, he left an immeasurable legacy to humanity.

Steves Jobs, father of modern computing

Having been the subject of a feature film and numerous books, the life of Steve Jobs continues to inspire the world. Born one fine day in February 1955 in San Francisco, Steven Paul Jobs is an emblematic figure of electronics. When he was very young, he tinkered with calculators. His passion for computing was confirmed at the age of 19 at a time when he met Steve Wozniak in the Homebrew Computer club. The two worked for a while at the video game publisher Atari.

In 1976, Steve Jobs created Apple, one of the world’s first compact personal computers. The vegetarian, he named his brand after a fruit. Later, the name Macintosh was taken from a variety of apple that he used to harvest during his summer jobs. As with Google in 1998 and Amazon in 1994, the company created in the family garage quickly grew. Transportable, his computer was a small revolution alongside IBM machines which were made up of several boxes.

The inventor of the microcomputer, the mouse and the Smartphone

The world owes the microcomputer in its current configuration to Steve Jobs. The latter reduced the machine to a single motherboard built around a processor. Accompanied by a mouse and equipped with a graphical interface, the Apple 2 personal computer was intended for the general public. It includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a drawing tool and various games. Democratizing computing, the Macintosh was sold for the modest sum of $666 in its time.

In 1985, Steve Jobs was ousted by a CEO he himself recruited under pressure from investors. It was not until 1996 that he found his seat as CEO within the Apple company, already on the verge of bankruptcy. When he returned, his head was full of ideas. The inventor notably created the iPod, an MP3/MP4 player intended for the secret pocket of denim pants. He also reinvented the mobile phone by replacing the keyboard with a multi-touch screen. Its iPhone completely put an end to years of reign of BlackBerry, Nokia and other Motorolas.

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Various inventions useful in everyday life

In addition to the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, Steve Jobs also launched one of the leading online music sales platforms. iTunes is a pioneer in the dematerialization of cultural products. He contributed to the reform of the music industry by relegating the compact disc to a secondary role. Promoting a closed ecosystem, Apple Store currently offers applications, some of which are essential for daily life. The platform suggests free educational programs, collaborative tools and games. Then there’s Apple TV, the pinnacle of video on demand.

Following his ouster from Apple in 1985, Steve Jobs had the opportunity to focus on other activities. He notably created the Pixar studio. It is thanks to this company that Disney animated films such as “Toy Story” exist. Although his works remain more discreet than those of Bill Gates, the former boss of Microsoft, Jobs has helped his neighbors a lot. He finances hospitals. The philanthropic entrepreneur has also contributed tens of millions of dollars to the fight against AIDS. He was committed to ecology. According to his wish, Apple will be carbon neutral by 2030.

A strong inspiring personality

Converted to Buddhism during his initiatory trip to India in 1974, Steve Jobs is a great observer who wants to provide concrete solutions to everyday problems. His life has inspired many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, including Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. The Apple CEO is described by his colleagues as an uncompromising binary person. For him, something is “great” or “bad”, but never in between.

The general public remembers Jobs’s casual dress code. His wardrobe consists of a black turtleneck sweater, a white shirt and Levi’s jeans. He also has the knack of lightening the mood during meetings with the press. His pragmatism still serves as an example for visionary entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk. The boss of Tesla and incidentally the richest man in the world said he appreciates his desire to change the world. Many entrepreneurs/freelancers have his quote in mind: “If you don’t work for your dreams, someone will hire you to work for theirs.”