The co-founder of Apple and the force behind the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Steve Jobs attended Reed College, an academically-rigorous liberal arts college with a heavy emphasis on social sciences and literature. Shortly after enrolling in 1972, however, he dropped out and took a job as a technician at Atari.
In 1974, he decided to travel through India, seeking enlightenment and studying Zen Buddhism. He later returned to Atari, where he designed circuit boards, before ultimately co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976.
Together, he and Wozniak found success with the Apple I and II, and later with the Apple Macintosh. His unusual background, however, was apparently not an obstacle to be overcome, but rather, an advantage for him. Silicon Valley observers said the company’s success was directly attributable to its philosophical underpinnings.
“In a dry field filled with dry personalities limited by the rational and binary worlds they inhabit, Apple’s engineering team had passion,” noted Scott MacNealy of Sun Microsystems. “They always believed that what they were doing was important and, most of all, fun. Working at Apple was never just a job; it was also a crusade, a mission, to bring better computer power to people. At its roots, that attitude came from Steve Jobs.”
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