Steve Jobs: An “Entrepreneurial” Snapshot
Birth and adoption:
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California. His unwed biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali (A Syrian Muslim), put him up for adoption. Steve was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a lower-middle-class couple. (Jandali only learned that Jobs was his son in 2005, one year later after Jobs was diagnosed a cancer) Neighborhood and Training:
Young Steve Jobs grew up in a neighborhood of engineers (became known as Silicon Valley in early 1950’s) working on electronics and other gizmos in their garages on weekends. This shaped his interest in the field as he grew up. Paul, Job’s father, was a machinist for a company that made lasers, and taught his son rudimentary electronics and how to work with his hands. The father showed Steve how to work on electronics in the family garage. As a result, Steve became interested in and developed and hobby of technical tinkering. Education and the dropout:
When Steve arrived in Homestead High School, he enrolled in a popular electronics class. McCollum later recalled of one time when his pupil Steve called up Bill Hewlett himself, co-founder of HP, to get spare parts for his homework, and even a summer job at HP’s factory. Steve’s entrepreneurial skills showed up early in his life indeed. At Homestead, Steve befriended Bill Fernandez, a neighbor who shared his interests in electronics. It was Bill who first introduced him to another computer whiz kid, an older guy named Stephen Wozniak, or — as everybody used to call him — Woz. Steve and Woz met in 1969, when they were respectively 14 and 19. At the time, Woz was building a little computer board with Bill Fernandez that they called“the Cream Soda Computer”. Woz showed it to Steve, who seemed quite interested.
“Typically, it was really hard for me to explain to people the kind of design stuff I worked on, but Steve got it right away. And I liked him. He was kind of skinny and wiry and full of energy. […] Steve and I got close right away, even though he was still in high school […]. We talked electronics, we talked about music we liked, and we traded stories about pranks we’d pulled” Steve Wozniak in iWoz
When Steve arrived in Homestead High School, he enrolled in a popular electronics class. McCollum, his electronics teacher, later recalled of one time when his pupil Steve called up Bill Hewlett himself, co-founder of HP, to get spare parts for his homework, and even a summer job at HP’s factory. Steve’s entrepreneurial skills showed up early in his life indeed. He decided to go to the fancy Reed College, a private liberal arts college up in Oregon. Steve only officially stayed for a couple of months at Reed. He dropped out before Christmas. However, that allowed him to “drop in” on classes he was not supposed to attend. “After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
“If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple type faces and proportionally spaced fonts” (Steve Jobs, 1998) It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it”
Steve Job’s Stanford Commencement Address, 12 Jun 2005
The First Venture:
A couple of years...
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