Steve Jobs

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From the Macintosh to the iPod, Steve Jobs has always been on the cutting edge of technology. At just twenty-one years old, Jobs and a friend founded the Apple Computer Company in his parents' garage. Since that time, Apple has grown into a world leader in consumer electronics, and Jobs has become a legend of Silicon Valley. He has also achieved success in other arenas. With Jobs at the helm, Pixar Animation Studios has created some of the most popular animated films in ...
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Overview

From the Macintosh to the iPod, Steve Jobs has always been on the cutting edge of technology. At just twenty-one years old, Jobs and a friend founded the Apple Computer Company in his parents' garage. Since that time, Apple has grown into a world leader in consumer electronics, and Jobs has become a legend of Silicon Valley. He has also achieved success in other arenas. With Jobs at the helm, Pixar Animation Studios has created some of the most popular animated films in Hollywood history.

The story of Steve Jobs's life is not one of continual triumph. He has experienced many shocking setbacks and deep disappointments. In the mid-1980s, Jobs's controversial management style led to a twelve-year exile from the company he co-founded. His other business ventures, including Pixar, very nearly slipped into bankruptcy before Jobs finally discovered a winning formula. With characteristic boldness and tenacity, Jobs returned to Apple in the late 1990s and orchestrated its stunning comeback. His remarkable accomplishments have earned Steve Jobs a place among America's premier business leaders.

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With covers that feature photos of their subjects set against a background of dollar bills, these books are strong resources for reports and may catch the eye of entrepreneurial-minded students. Baughan describes Simmons's childhood in Queens, NY, his college days as a rap promoter, his teen years when he was involved with drugs, his early efforts as a music producer, business collaborations, and media empire (Def Jam Records, film production, Phat Farm clothing, etc.). Related events and personalities (e.g., the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur) round out the depiction of the "Mogul of Rap's" influence and the general cultural climate. The narrative ends with his creation of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and 2006 appointment as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. The second title takes a similar approach, addressing Jobs's California childhood, early collaborations with Steve Wozniak (especially their 1976 founding of Apple Computer), 1985 resignation from Apple and return a decade later, and 1986 purchase of Pixar. Personal details include his tyrannical management style, his search for his biological parents, and his remarkable recovery from pancreatic cancer. The text concludes with the successful debut of the iPhone in 2007. Both volumes contain full-color photos that add visual appeal, sidebars about related topics, and helpful time lines. These are not tabloid-style pop biographies, but serious and balanced overviews of the sometimes-troubled lives of empire builders.-Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599350769
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Business Leaders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,488,974
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Growing Up in Silicon Valley     9
The Seeds of Apple     24
Growing Pains     38
The NeXT Mistakes     53
Pixar Shows Promise     67
Return to Glory     80
iPod and Beyond     94
Lessons Learned     107
Timeline     117
Sources     120
Bibliography     124
Web sites     126
Index     127
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