Before I start expressing my thoughts about all these happenings with Apple’s CEO (or ex CEO) Steve Jobs, let me present you a piece of his biography, so we better know who we are talking about.
So read carefully:
Steven Paul Jobs, was an orphan adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California in February 1955. Jobs was not happy at school in Mountain View so the family moved to Los Altos, California, where Steven attended Homestead High School. His electronics teacher at Homestead High, Hohn McCollum, recalled he was “something of a loner” and “always had a different way of looking at things.”
After school, Jobs attended lectures at the Hewlett-Packard electronics firm in Palo Alto, California. There he was hired as a summer employee. Another employee at Hewlett-Packard was Stephen Wozniak a recent dropout from the University of California at Berkeley. An engineering whiz with a passion for inventing electronic gadgets, Wozniak at that time was perfecting his “blue box,” an illegal pocket-size telephone attachment that would allow the user to make free long-distance calls. Jobs helped Wozniak sell a number of the devices to customers.
In 1972 Jobs graduated from high school and register at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After dropping out of Reed after one semester, he hung around campus for a year, taking classes in philosophy and immersing himself in the counterculture.
Early in 1974 Jobs took a job as a video game designer at Atari, Inc., a pioneer in electronic arcade recreation. After several months working, he saved enough money to adventure on a trip to India where he traveled in search of spiritual enlightenment in the company of Dan Kottke, a friend from Reed College. In autumn of 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of Wozniak’s “Homebrew Computer Club.” Wozniak, like most of the club’s members, was content with the joy of electronics creation. Jobs was not interested in creating electronics and was nowhere near as good an engineer as Woz. He had his eye on marketability of electronic products and persuaded Wozniak to work with him toward building a personal computer.
Wozniak and Jobs designed the Apple I computer in Jobs’s bedroom and they built the prototype in the Jobs’ garage. Jobs showed the machine to a local electronics equipment retailer, who ordered twenty-five. Jobs received marketing advice from a friend, who was a retired CEO from Intel, and he helped them with marketing strategies for selling their new product. Jobs and Wozniak had great inspiration in starting a computer company that would produce and sell computers. To start this company they sold their most valuable possessions. Jobs sold his Volkswagen micro-bus and Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator, which raised $1,300 to start their new company. With that capital base and credit begged from local electronics suppliers, they set up their first production line. Jobs encouraged Wozniak quit his job at Hewlett-Packard to become the vice president in charge of research and development of the new enterprise. And he did quit his job to become vice president. Jobs came up with the name of their new company Apple in memory of a happy summer he had spent as an orchard worker in Oregon.
Now, after reading the biography of Steve Jobs, I think you have managed to create some picture and imagine what kind of person he is. He is passionate about things he does, he tried many things in his life, like going to India and searching for spiritual enlightenment and so on… All those experiences made his view of the world sharper and clearer. He is able to think creatively and out of the box, which is the main reason he managed to rise Apple to this scale of popularity and greatness. We all know that Steve is the main reason that Apple came so far and he made it what it is today. I personally think that Steve Jobs is a legend and will always be remembered as one of the most innovative people in IT.
But we see that Apple’s stock market price is rapidly falling these days. And as you probably heard that’s because of Steve Jobs’ health issues.
It is very sad that people look at Apple and the company’s value through happenings that are currently related to Steve Jobs.
I really can not understand all these hungry journalists who try to feed themselves like beasts from this Steve’s health problem. He is a human being just like all of us for god sake! And it is perfectly normal for one human being to have problems with health. We’ve all had them, one time or another. And I really can’t understand these people who are watching Steve’s health problems just as their new hot story for the media, or just a piece of news for public.
Check out this video to see what I mean:
I really think that Apple’s stocks shouldn’t be tied so hard with Steve’s health. But the main problem here are all these websites and media that are exagarating and trying to make this Steve Jobs’ problem so serious that everyone who reads their stories would be worried about it. And just because Steve wrote in his public letter that he will not be working as Apple CEO for 5 months because of his health issues, there was so big buzz about it and every hungry journalist (or beast if you ask me) started writing that Steve Jobs is dying or that he will not be coming back to work at Apple anymore and other crazy stuff.
Why people can’t just let the man face with his health or whatever other personal problems he got. Why does everybody have to make a big thing out of it? Even if he isn’t able to get back to work as a CEO of Apple – That would be his personal choice After all these years of hard work at Apple and after all this great success, I think he has full right to fall back and solve his personal problems with the support of his family. And we should all support him in these hard times for him, and we should not be making things even harder by making all this buzz about it.
Let the man live his life! That’s my message to all of you who keep writing all these predictions about Steve Jobs’ health.
We all hope Jobs is back at his desk and crankier than ever as soon as possible. In the meantime, we should give the man the privacy any human being is entitled to.
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