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Steve Jobs Matt Wilkinson Speech Period 7 11/22/09 Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs is the founder and CEO of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios. He always strives towards excellence and doesn’t like doing what other people tell him to do. Have you ever known that you had an idea so great that you knew you would make millions once it is produced? Well, that’s what Steve Jobs did. He applied this principal to his early life, achievements and family life. The start of Steve Jobs’ life wasn’t one for the faint of heart. He was born to an unmarried mother and father in 1955. This birth was followed by adoption one week later. Steve was going from foster home to foster home. From his early ages Steve has always showed an interest in computers. In high school he attended lectures at Hewlett-Packard, a small company in Silicon Valley. At the lectures he met his longtime partner, Steve Wazniac. Steve Jobs convinced Steve Wazniac to make computers with him and sell them. They had been previously designing video games for Atari. This operation started out in the garage of Steve Jobs and once they accumulated enough money by selling them to a local computer store, they moved into a permanent building. Now this upbringing led to his overall legacy, Apple computers. When Apple Computers was created in 1976 the bar of innovation was raised. Apple computers started off with a company run from a garage and turned into the vast company we see today with ratings such as the most reliable computer and no viruses. Apple has sold millions of Apple products, all of which are simple and user friendly, but Steve Jobs didn’t stop there. He bought out Lucas Films in 1986 and renamed it Pixar Animation Studios. This is where we got the award winning animated films of today such as Finding Nemo and Wall- E. With all of this innovation he must be under a lot of pressure, and he is, but he let that all out during a keynote address this summer. When people were cheering for someone to come on to the stage, they were surprised to see Steve Jobs there. He was very sick with pancreatic cancer and had had a lot of medical care recently. He had just recovered from a lung transplant. When he got to the microphone, there was a standing ovation for over a minute. He then proceeded to tell everyone that an organ donor saved his life and the life of Apple. Steve encouraged everyone to be an organ donor. After this touching speech he went back to the normal innovative Steve Jobs and introduced more new products. The products that Steve Jobs comes up with and produces are mind blowing and are the source of envy. Just think—i-pod, i-pad, i-phone—all cutting edge pieces of technology. He created the product, and then created the need for it. Another thing that Apple is most famous for is its software. A very popular recent piece of software they developed at Apple is their most popular, iTunes. The list goes on. With all of this innovative technology coming from his company, you might think that Steve Jobs has little time for anything other than business. Contrary to what most people might expect, he is more of a family man than a business man. Steve Jobs’ family life is a reflection of him working. Steve’s family consists of three children, two from his current marriage, one from a previous marriage and his wife Laurene. He is a vegetarian and an organic farmer. There is a striking similarity between work and family, both are innovative and cutting-edge. People don’t pay as much attention to Steve’s personal life as they do to his products. When Steve Jobs looks at Apple computers, all of that innovation wasn’t for money or popularity, it was all about reaching his personal and family goal to own a successful business that is always ahead of everyone else in the industry. This is reflected in his company policies. One aspect of modern business attire, the casual workplace, was created by Steve Jobs and his family. As CEO of Apple Steve only makes a dollar a year and that’s ok with him. Steve is always trend-setting in all that he does personally and in business. Steve Jobs has given everyone in the computer world a high standard of simplicity years ahead of its time. He had a hard childhood but he never gave up on his dream to start his own business. In the end he doesn’t make more than a dollar a year, but that doesn’t matter to him. Steve is striving toward a personal and family goal and won’t stop striving towards it. His determination has helped influence many children to realize that they can achieve their goals if they put forth enough effort and keep trying.