Steve Jobs has influenced 3 major industries: computers, music and telephones. He's helped to add things like, "iPod, iPad, and apps" to our everyday speech.
Steve Jobs has been in the news lately because of his medical leave. People are wondering about how Apple can survive without him, but many people don't know that he was actually fired from Apple.
Fired from His Own Company
Here is the story of love and loss that Steve Jobs recounted at the Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005:
Steve Jobs found what he loved to do early in life. He and Steve Wozniak started Apple in his parents' garage when he was twenty. They worked hard and in ten years, Apple had grown into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees.
They released Macintosh computer and he just turned thirty. Then the board of directors fired him publicly from his own company.
Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Steve Jobs started a company called NeXT, then another company named Pixar. Pixar went on to create the world's first computer-animated feature film, "Toy Story," and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.
In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT and then Steve returned to Apple. The technology he developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance.
Getting Fired Was One of the Best Things that Ever Happened to Him