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Happy 68th Birthday to Late Apple Co-Founder & CEO Steve Jobs

Happy 68th Birthday to Late Apple Co-Founder & CEO Steve Jobs

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was born 68 years ago today, February 24, 1955. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, following a long and tough battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs co-founded Apple, along with Steve Wozniak, offering the Apple-I in kit form. The Apple II followed, as did the Lisa, the Macintosh, and other machines that defined Apple at the time. Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985 and founded NeXT, but Apple struggled without its co-founder.

Jobs also saved the company from the brink of extinction, making a triumphant return to the company in 1997 after being ousted 12 years before.

Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, offering the Apple I home computer in kit form for $666.66. The firm went on to introduce the Apple II home computer to a receptive home and educational marketplace.

The company introduced the Macintosh computer in 1984 before Jobs was pushed out in a power struggle in 1985. He went on to found NeXT computer that same year, which was acquired by Apple in 1997. That move led to Jobs’ return to the company he loved.

If Steve Jobs hadn’t come along, where would we all be now? I certainly wouldn’t be writing daily articles about Apple if Jobs hadn’t been born. An entire industry has built up around Apple, all because of Jobs and his co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Happy Birthday, Steve, thanks for following your heart.

“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”