Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Steve Jobs was Not a Nice Guy!


5 Darkest Apple Secrets
Steve Jobs: An Extraordinary Career
We look back at how Apple founder built a business that revolutionized the tech industry.  
Jason Fell
Steve Jobs: An Extraordinary CareerSteve Jobs
Co-founder of Apple Computer Inc.Founded: 1976
"We started out to get a computer in the hands of everyday people, and we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."-Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs' vision of a "computer for the rest of us" sparked the PC revolution and made Apple an icon of American business. But somewhere along the way, Jobs' vision got clouded -- some say by his ego -- and he was ousted from the company he helped found. Few will disagree that Jobs did indeed impede Apple's growth, yet without him, the company lost its sense of direction and pioneering spirit. After nearly 10 years of plummeting sales, Apple turned to its visionary founder for help, and a little older and wiser Jobs engineered one of the most amazing turnarounds of the 20th century.
The adopted son of a Mountain View, Calif., machinist, Steve Jobs showed an early interest in electronics and gadgetry. While in high school, he boldly called Hewlett-Packard co-founder and president William Hewlett to ask for parts for a school project. Impressed by Jobs, Hewlett not only gave him the parts, but also offered him a summer internship at Hewlett-Packard. It was there that Jobs met and befriended Steve Wozniak, a young engineer five years his senior with a penchant for tinkering.
After graduating from high school, Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Ore. but dropped out after one semester. He had become fascinated by Eastern spiritualism and took a part-time job designing video games for Atari in order to finance a trip to India to study Eastern culture and religion.
When Jobs returned to the U.S., he renewed his friendship with Wozniak, who had been trying to build a small computer. To Wozniak, it was just a hobby, but the visionary Jobs grasped the marketing potential of such a device and convinced Wozniak to go into business with him. In 1975, the 20-year-old Jobs and Wozniak set up shop in Jobs' parents' garage, dubbed the venture Apple, and began working on the prototype of the Apple I. To generate the $1,350 in capital they used to start Apple, Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen microbus, and Steve Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard calculator.
Although the Apple I sold mainly to hobbyists, it generated enough cash to enable Jobs and Wozniak to improve and refine their design. In 1977, they introduced the Apple II -- the first personal computer with color graphics and a keyboard. Designed for beginners the user-friendly Apple II was a tremendous success, ushering in the era of the personal computer. First-year sales topped $3 million. Two years later, sales ballooned to $200 million.
But by 1980, Apple's shine was starting to wear off. Increased competition combined with less than stellar sales of the Apple III and its follow-up, the LISA, caused the company to lose nearly half its market to IBM. Faced with declining sales, Jobs introduced the Apple Macintosh in 1984. The first personal computer to feature a graphical-user interface controlled by a mouse, the Macintosh was a true breakthrough in terms of ease-of-use. But the marketing behind it was flawed. Jobs had envisioned the Mac as a home computer, but at $2,495, it was too expensive for the consumer market. When consumer sales failed to reach projections, Jobs tried pitching the Mac as a business computer. But with little memory, no hard drive and no networking capabilities, the Mac had almost none of the features corporate America wanted.
For Jobs, this turn of events spelled serious trouble. He clashed with Apple's board of directors and, in 1983, was ousted from the board by CEO John Sculley, whom Jobs had handpicked to help him run Apple. Stripped of all power and control, Jobs eventually sold his shares of Apple stock and resigned in 1985.
Later that year, using a portion of the money from the stock sale, Jobs launched NeXT Computer Co., with the goal of building a breakthrough computer that would revolutionize research and higher education. Introduced in 1988, the NeXT computer boasted a host of innovations, including notably fast processing speeds, exceptional graphics and an optical disk drive. But priced at $9,950, the NeXT was too expensive to attract enough sales to keep the company afloat. Undeterred, Jobs switched the company's focus from hardware to software. He also began paying more attention to his other business, Pixar Animation Studios, which he had purchased from George Lucas in 1986.
After cutting a three-picture deal with Disney, Jobs set out to create the first ever computer-animated feature film. Four years in the making, "Toy Story" was a certified smash hit when it was released in November 1995. Fueled by this success, Jobs took Pixar public in 1996, and by the end of the first day of trading, his 80 percent share of the company was worth $1 billion. After nearly 10 years of struggling, Jobs had finally hit it big. But the best was yet to come.
Within days of Pixar's arrival on the stock market, Apple bought NeXT for $400 million and re-appointed Jobs to Apple's board of directors as an advisor to Apple chairman and CEO Gilbert F. Amelio. It was an act of desperation on Apple's part. Because they had failed to develop a next-generation Macintosh operating system, the firm's share of the PC market had dropped to just 5.3 percent, and they hoped that Jobs could help turn the company around.
At the end of March 1997, Apple announced a quarterly loss of $708 million. Three months later, Amelio resigned and Jobs took over as interim CEO. Once again in charge of Apple, Jobs struck a deal with Microsoft to help ensure Apple's survival. Under the arrangement, Microsoft invested $150 million for a nonvoting minority stake in Apple, and the companies agreed to "cooperate on several sales and technology fronts." Next, Jobs installed the G3 PowerPC microprocessor in all Apple computers, making them faster than competing Pentium PCs. He also spearheaded the development of the iMac, a new line of affordable home desktops, which debuted in August 1998 to rave reviews. Under Jobs' guidance, Apple quickly returned to profitability, and by the end of 1998, boasted sales of $5.9 billion.
Against all odds, Steve Jobs pulled the company he founded and loved back from the brink. Apple once again was healthy and churning out the kind of breakthrough products that made the Apple name synonymous with innovation.
But Apple's innovations were just getting started. Over the next decade, the company rolled out a series of revolutionary products, including the iPod portable digital audio player in 2001, an online marketplace called the Apple iTunes Store in 2003, the iPhone handset in 2007 and the iPad tablet computer in 2010. The design and functionality of these devices resonated with users worldwide.
Despite his professional successes, Jobs struggled with health issues. In mid-2004, he announced in an email to Apple employees that he had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. In January 2011, following a liver transplant, Jobs said he was taking a medical leave of absence from Apple but said he'd continue as CEO and "be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."
Eight months later, on August 24, Apple’s board of directors announced that Jobs had resigned as CEO and that he would be replaced by COO Tim Cook. Jobs said he would remain with the company as chairman.
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs said in a letter announcing his resignation. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
In October 2011, Jobs passed away at the age of 56 due to complications related to pancreatic cancer. Jobs once described himself as a "hopeless romantic" who just wanted to make a difference. Quite appropriately like the archetypal romantic hero who reaches for greatness but fails, only to find wisdom and maturity in exile, an older, wiser Steve Jobs returned triumphant to save his kingdom.
Technology editor Jason Fell and research editor Carolyn Sun contributed to this report.

50 Facts You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs
He Always Parked in Handicap Zone, Worked Night Shift Because He Was Smelly
31 December 2013
1. When asked why he had named his company Apple, he said: "Because it came before Atari in the phone book." Jobs worked for Atari before starting Apple and he also said that he likes apples and that they had to come up with a name by 5 o'clock that day.
2. Why was he fired from his own company? Everyone knows that in 1985 Steve Jobs was fired from Apple. Some might even know that it had to do with a fallout between Steve and John Sculley, Apple's CEO at the time, but few know exactly in what consisted the disagreement. Well, Steve Jobs wanted to drop the price of the then underperforming Macintosh and shift large portion of the advertising budget away from Apple 2 over to the Mac. Sculley disagreed. He argued that price had no bearing into Macintosh's poor sales, but rather the unimpressive software it ran. Sculley took the matter to the Apple's Board of Directors which sided with the former Pepsi CEO, thus firing Jobs.
3. "I'd rather sell dog shit than PCs." In the mid 90s, with NEXT sinking after failing at coming up with a successful computer, Steve Jobs faced the discouraging prospect of having to sell the software they had developed. "But Steve," a friend told him, "why don't you just sell PCs?" Steve replied: "I'd rather sell dogs' shit than PCs."
4. Before starting Apple, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built and sold digital blue boxes, a $100 equipment that could hack telephone systems and allowed them make calls to any number in the world. One of their first calls they made using the blue box was to the Vatican with Wozniak pretending to be Henry Kissinger, they asked to talk to the pope. Without success.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Credic: Reuters)
5. Steve Jobs calls one of the mysteries of life how his friend and Apple's Co-founder Steve Wozniak never built a floating point BASIC for the Apple II, despite Jobs having begged him for several weeks to do it. As a result of Wozniak's refusal, Job reached out to Microsoft to license Bill Gates' BASIC.
6. In the early 80s, Steve Jobs visited Adobe Systems. Impressed with their technology, Jobs made an offer to Adobe Co-founder Charles Geschke to buy the company and integrate it into Apple. Geschke refused it. Apple and Adobe had a very good professional relationaship until Apple of Steve, by the end of the first decade of 21st century, decide to rid their very commercially successful mobile devices of Adobe's Flash.

7. The movie "Anywhere But Here" starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon was dedicated to him and was based on a book written by his sister Mona Simpson. The story is about a mother and daughter who are searching for success in Beverly Hills. Anywhere But Here is dedicated to "my brother Steve."
8. He took LSD in his younger days and had no regrets. In a book interview, Jobs called his experience with the drug "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." As Jobs himself has suggested, LSD may have contributed to the "think different" approach that still puts Apple's designs a head above the competition.
9. Steve Jobs kept his salary at $1 since 1997, the year he became Apple's lead executive. Of his salary, Jobs joked in 2007: "I get 50 cents a year for showing up, and the other 50 cents is based on my performance."
10. Jobs dropped out of college. After graduating from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California he went on to study at Reed College. He only took one semester of classes before dropping out. For the next 18 months, however, he continued to audit classes that interested him.
11. Steve Jobs was biologically half Syrian Muslim. He was adopted and his biological father's name is Abdulfattah Jandali. His biological mother was Joanne Carole Schieble, an American. Her father, however, objected to the marriage so Steve was put up for adoption.

12. His parents were two graduate students who were perhaps not ready for a child and put him up for adoption. The one requirement his biological parents had was that he be adopted by two college educated people. His adoptive parents were Clara and Paul Jobs.13. His biological parents went on to have another child, Mona Simpson, whom he later met and connected with.
14. Jobs was a pescetarian which meant he ate fish but no other meat.
15. Jobs lied to Steve Wozniak. When they made Breakout for Atari, Wozniak and Jobs were going to split the pay 50-50. Atari gave Jobs $5000 to do the job. He told Wozniak he got $700 so Wozniak took home $350.

Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Credit: Reuters)
16. At the tender age of 12, Jobs asked William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard for some parts to complete a school project. Hewlett offered Jobs an internship at his company.
17. Jobs met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in high school when Jobs was 13 and Wozniak was 18.
18. Steve had a brief fling with Joan Boaz, the folk singer back in his hippie days. Unfortunately though, she left him for his favorite musician – Bob Dylan.
19. His Full Name is Steven Paul Jobs. 
20. "We'll lose our money, but at least we'll have had a company." It's quite easy to fall into the mistake of thinking that the at the creation of Apple, now one of the top two largest companies in the world, the founders were these amazing visionaries filled with conviction of success and their ability to change the world with the product they had created. Well, it certainly wasn't the case with Apple. In fact, both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were pretty certain of how improbable were their chances of success. "We won't see the money we've invested in back," said Wozniak. Jobs replied: "Yeah, we'll lose our money, but at least we will be able to say we had a company."
21."Let's hide our porsches." When an investor was coming to visit NEXT one day in the early 90s, Steve Job ran off to the parking lot to take his Porsche out of sight and had his employee Randy Adams do the same with his porsche. "He's gonna think we've got money if he sees the Porsche's," Jobs said.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept
22. When he returned to Apple in the mid 90s, Steve Jobs donated Apple's first computers, machines, blueprints to Stanford University. Clearing up the old to make space for the new. That was his way of letting go of the past and embracing the future of then seriously troubled company.
23. Following the success of Apple II and subsequent IPO, one of Apple's engineers went to Steve Jobs and told him he would give stock to another employee if Jobs matched it. Jobs replied: "Yeah, I'll match it. I'll give zero and you give zero."
24. His Religion is Zen Buddhism. He went to India to meditate and learn about a simpler way of life. 
25. He was very private about his marriage. His wife was Laurene Powell Jobs and they got married in Yosemite national park on March 18, 1991.
26. His wife is an MBA graduate of Stanford and was appointed by President Obama to be a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions due to her active involvement in the non-profit community.
Laurene Powell Jobs (Source: Reuters)
27. Despite his wife's work in the non-profit sector, Jobs was not known for his charitable works. In the early days of Apple, Jobs cut back on all of their philanthropic programs saying they would “wait until [they] are profitable.” Although they never restarted their programs, they may have donated anonymously.
28. He denied paternity on his first child,
claiming he was sterile. The mother had to initially raise the kid using welfare checks. The child did turn out to be his daughter who was named Lisa.
29. As an ode to his daughter, he named the "Apple III" computer Lisa after his first born. The mother is Chris-Ann Brennan.
30. The excitement you feel when opening up a new Apple product is not by accident. Jobs was passionate about packaging and a group in the company obsessively open boxes in an attempt to get the right emotional response.
31. Apple had three founders, not two. The company was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

32. The first Apple logo was drawn by Ronald Wayne who also wrote the original partnership agreement and the Apple I computer manual. Unfortunately, he sold his 10% stake two weeks into the partnership for just $800.
33. Jobs did not want to offer products in white. However, after designer Jonathan Ive showed him the shade “moon grey”, he was convinced.
34. Steve Wozniak ended his full-time employment in 1987. However, he is still an official Apple employee and receives a stipend estimated to be worth $120,000 a year.
35. Jobs purchased Pixar Animation Studios from George Lucas in 1986.
36. Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1972.
37. While working at Atari, Jobs was actually put on the night shift because of his hygiene or lack thereof. It is said that he never bathed, and would walk around the office in his bare feet.
38. Jobs never used license plates on the silver Mercedes SL55 AMG he always drove.
39. He would always park in the handicap parking zone.
40. Steve Jobs GPA was 2.65 / 4 which is considered pretty mediocre. Jobs never thought of himself a good student and instead preferred to learn in different ways and didn't enjoy much for the structure of schools.
41. Steve Jobs' signature was inside every original Macintosh. Jobs would get the team to sign a piece of paper which would become the model for a metal plate that would go inside every Macintosh computer.
42. His attention to detail was unlike anyone had ever seen. He frantically called a Google Engineer on a Sunday with an emergency: the gradient on their O was slightly off.

43. Jobs acted as a mentor to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page after seeing the potential in the company.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google handout)
44. Jobs took on Eric Schmidt, the company’s eventual CEO choice, as one of his board members at Apple.
45. Jobs felt betrayed by his former apprentices from Google after the company entered the phone market with its Android devices.He said “Apple didn’t enter the search business, so why did Google get into the phone business?”
46. Jobs believed Google had stolen some of the features of the iPhone and decided to keep the development of the iPad a secret from Schmidt.
47. Older Apple laptops used to have the logo upside down. It wasn't a mistake, but a user-friendliness decision.
48. Apple I was the company's first computer and was priced at $666.66. Steve Wozniak priced it without realising the devilish connotations, instead pricing the machine one-third over the wholesale price of $500 and preferring one repeating digit as it was easier to type.

49. The Apple Macintosh computer was named after an actual apple, the McIntosh, because this was Jef Raskin's (an Apple employee working on the Macintosh project) favourite variety.
50. After ending a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Jobs' last words were "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow" while looking over the shoulders of his family. Mona Simpson, revealed this in her eulogy which was published in the New York Times.

12 Nasty Facts You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs
Alessia Etkin
December 08, 2014
Apple is Steve Jobs. But do you know him as a person? Let me tell you nasty stuffs that he did.
1. The Definition of Motivation for Steve Jobs
Workers should work 80 hours a week or they'll be fired.
2. Steve Jobs Does Not Want a 5-Star Hotel
For Steve Jobs, a 5-star hotel in London is a piece of "shit."
3. How Rude Was He to His Friend
Was Job a real friend to Daniel Kottke?
4. Jobs Opted for Alternative Medicine
Even though Steve Jobs has all the money in the world, curing his pancreatic cancer was put all to the hands of alternative medicine.
5. Philanthropic activities Were Never an option for Apple
For the revenue of $38 billion, Jobs halted philanthropic activities.
6. Jobs Loves to Park in Handicap Parking Spots
I though Handicap parking slots are just for handicaps? Why is that?
7. The Fired Joke
Check out as how Jobs deliver jokes to his employees.
8. Steve Jobs and the Severance Pay
Jobs would always have a way out to everything.
9. Steve Jobs and His Daughter
Jobs never admitted that he and his early girlfriend Chrisann had a daughter and even kept denying until going to court.
10. Jobs Uses a LoopHole for Liver Transplant
Because of technology, Jobs used a loophole to get the first in line.
11. How Jobs Conducts Interview
You can never imagine how Jobs do things to have interviewees go away.
12. Was it supposed to be 50-50?
The numbers tell a story on Jobs' life.