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Remembering Steve Jobs

Posted by Creative Realities on November 2, 2011

Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. 

- Steve Jobs on innovation

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Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011. As a tribute to his life, work, and the amazing feats he accomplished we’ve pulled together some articles and facts about Jobs.

  1. Jobs dropped out of college after one semester. Born and raised in California, Jobs attended the private Reed College, a college his parents could not afford, for one semester before dropping out. He stayed around for another year auditing classes, and has cited a calligraphy class as an inspiration for the first Macintosh.
  2. Jobs bought Pixar in 1986 for $10 million, the animation company that has brought us the fantastic movies Toy Story, Up, and Wall E, among many others. Many have said that if Jobs hadn’t seen the potential in Pixar, it would not have lived long enough to produce Toy Story, its first film.
  3. Jobs was the largest shareholder in Disney at the time of his death, having a greater share than even Walt Disney’s nephew and former senior executive Roy E. Disney had due to Disney’s acquisition of Pixar in 2006.
  4. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption by his birth parents while his mother was still in school. While he met his father once at a restaurant, his father was unaware that he was meeting his son for the first time, and Jobs made no attempts at further contact.
  5.  Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, his own company, in 1985. He was then brought back in 1996 when Apple bought his company; NeXT and turned it into the company it is today.


Here are some amazing articles about Steve Jobs:


Steve Jobs had 317 patents to his name at the time of his death. Here’s the link to an interactive New York Times article showing the patents he’s credited with, and truly displaying his creative genius.


Steve Jobs had a sister, Mona Simpson, with whom he became very close upon their connection for the first time in 1985. Attached is the link to her touching eulogy for her late brother.


Here’s the link to an article which provides Jobs’ “20 Best Quotes.” These quotes really give an insight into how Steve’s personality and how he thought.


Topics: creativity, Alignment, creative thinking, Innovation, creative problem solving skills