Steve Jobs, born on February 24, 1955, was an American businessman and an innovator. He was adopted at birth by an Armenian couple. As a kid, he was noted for his razor-sharp observations. Following high school graduation in 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College. But he dropped out of college without completing his graduation. Steve Jobs took off for India in the search of enlightenment with his friend Dan Kottke at the age of 19. Their primary purpose was to meet the spirirtual guru Neem Karoli Baba. However, when they got to the Neem Karoli ashram, it was basically deserted after Neem Karoli had died earlier in the year. On returning to the United States, he co-founded the Apple computer along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in the garage of his house.
After a successful stint at Apple, he was fired from the company for his erratic and temperamental behaviour. Soon after leaving Apple, Jobs founded NeXT Computer in 1985. He also started Pixar Inc., which went on to produce animated movies such as Toy Story (1995); A Bug's Life (1998); Toy Story 2 (1999); Monsters, Inc. (2001); Finding Nemo (2003); and The Incredibles (2004). This venture made him one of the most sought after men in Hollywood. In the year 1996, Apple bought NeXT, thus bringing Jobs back to the company he co-founded. It was a period marked by a lot of creativity as he launched the Mac OS X.
At the turn of the millennium, Jobs entered the market with his product, iPod, which was an instant hit among music lovers. Over the course of the first decade of the 21st century, he went on to launch many hi-tech products like the iMac, iTunes, iPad and iPhone which were very advanced products of their time. He was able to extract the best out of the workers at Apple, which is the reason why the company as a whole could reach staggering heights.
Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The death of Steve Jobs came as a huge shock to the tech-world. His out-of-the-box thinking and a desire to excel made him one of the most iconic innovators of all times. Products created by him and his company Apple such as the iPod, iPad and iPhone have revolutionized the way people use technology in their lives. After being fired from the company he co-founded, he had the courage to come back to Apple and steer it towards being the most valued company in the world. He went one step ahead of his competitors by creating products that people didn't believe could be created. The one thing that set him apart from everybody else was that he could sense what lay ahead. His often eccentric behaviour contrasted with his love for zen philosophy.
Just like the wordings of Apple's 'Think Different'. ad campaign, he was crazy enough to think that he could the change the world and he did. More than anyone else of his time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the power of poetry and processors. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, magical and at times, unexpected. He was a visionary, pioneer and genius in the field of business, innovation and product design and a man who profoundly changed the face of the modern world. He revolutionized at least six different industries. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Disney, Edison and Ford. He has left behind a world that has been touched by the genius of his DNA.