Steve Jobs and the struggles he faced in life

Supriya Rai
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BANGALORE, INDIA: It has been a year since Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple, passed away due to a pancreas neuroendocrine tumor. It is also Apple's first year without Steve Jobs.


Although the year has been successful for Apple in terms of iPhone 5 launch and the patent victory over Samsung, Steve Jobs was definitely missed during all these developments.

Let us take a look at some of his professional and personal struggles, despite which he became a successful man.

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Professional Struggles

Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne together founded the Apple Computers in the 1970s.

Steve Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa. On January 24, 1984 he introduced the Macintosh to an enthusiastic audience.

However, due to his ''erratic and temperamental'' behavior as described by employees at the time, he often faced problems at Apple Computers. He also apparently kept meetings running past midnight and then called new meetings at 7:00 am. On May 24, 1985, Apple's board removed Jobs from his managerial duties as head of the Macintosh division.


Jobs founded NeXT Computer in 1985, with $7 million. In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division for the price of $10 million. The first film produced by the partnership, Toy Story, with Jobs credited as executive producer.

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In 1996, Apple announced that it would buy NeXT for $427 million, thus welcoming Steve Jobs back to the company. In 2005 Jobs admitted that being fired from Apple was the best thing that happened to him.


Personal Struggles

Steve Jobs was born to an unmarried couple who gave him up for adoption. He was then adopted by Paul Reinhold Jobs and Clara Jobs. Jobs' biological parents married and had another baby girl, Mona Simpson. Steve Jobs found out about his blood sister from his biological mother and met Mona Simpson in 1985. They apparently became close friends later on.

Steve Jobs is also known to have visited India after he dropped out from Reed College. He visited the Neem Karoli Baba in search of spiritual enlightenment. He also apparently spent and lot of time in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.