Enterprise Mobility: Apple CEO Steve Jobs: From Garage Developer to Tech Titan

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-08-25 Print this article Print
Jobs and Woz

Jobs and Woz

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple, they started off assembling computers in Jobs' parents' garage.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Aug. 24 that he is resigning his position, ending a significant chapter in what's proven one of the tech world's more remarkable careers. Jobs co-founded Apple (then known as Apple Computer) in 1977, spearheading the development of PCs (such as the Apple II) that helped popularize the machines as tools for everyday life. For that contribution alone, Jobs would have earned his place in tech history. But it was the years after his mid-1980s ouster from Apple that cemented him as a legend in the business community. During his time in the wilderness, Jobs founded NeXT, his second attempt at a major hardware and software company. While NeXT didn't succeed on the scale of his first effort, its products proved enticing enough for Apple to acquire it in 1996. By mid-1997, Jobs regained control of Apple and took radical steps to revive the company's flagging fortunes. From that point forward, he oversaw years' worth of blockbuster products: From the first iMac to the iPod, from the iPhone to the iPad, Apple gained a reputation as an innovation and design pioneer. While the Mac's market share never proved an existential threat to the legions of Windows PCs on the market, Apple has seized commanding shares of the smartphone and tablet market, positioning it as a major player in the fast-growing mobility realm. Even as Jobs' health forced him to step back from day-to-day operations at his company, Apple continued its heady expansion from boutique concern to one of the world's largest enterprises.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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