Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955)[1] is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.[2] He started the company with Steve Wozniak in 1976.

Sourced quotes

I make 50 cents for showing up ... and the other 50 cents is based on my performance.
What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.
  • "It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy."[3]
Simple: Being a pirate is better than joining the Navy.
  • "It'll make your jaw drop."[4]
Simple: It'll surprise you.
  • "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." [At the Apple Music Event 9th September 2008]
    • Originally from Mark Twain: The report of my death was an exaggeration.
Simple: People exaggerate about my death.
  • "I make 50 cents for showing up ... and the other 50 cents is based on my performance."[5]
Simple: I am paid 50 cents a year for coming to work, and another 50 cents for doing a good job.
  • "I wish him [Bill Gates] the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger."[6]
Simple: I wish Bill Gates good luck. I just think he needs to open up. He would be a more accepting person if he had used drugs when he was younger.
  • "What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."[7]
Simple: I think the computer is the most important thing that people have ever created. It is like a bicycle for our brains.
  • "I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If that was the case, Microsoft would have great products."[8]
Simple: I wish creating great things was easy like writing a check. If that was the case, then Microsoft would have great products.
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."[9]
Simple: Life is short, so do not waste your time living the life of another person.
  • "I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No', for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."[9]
Simple: Every morning, I ask myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer is "No", then I know I need to change something.
  • "We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It's pretty great."[10]
Simple: We used to dream about making this stuff. Now we get to build it. It's pretty great.
  • "What customers told us was, they started to see it as a game machine."[11]
Simple: Our customers told us that they saw the iPod touch as a game machine.

References

  1. "Smithsonian Oral and Video Histories: Steve Jobs". Smithsonian Institution (April 20, 1995). Retrieved on September 5, 2009
  2. "Apple — Press Info — Bios — Steve Jobs". Apple Inc. (May 2006). Retrieved on September 5, 2009
  3. As quoted in Odyssey : Pepsi to Apple : A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne
  4. When talking about the first NeXT Computer, as quoted in The New York Times
  5. "I make fifty cents just for showing up". AppleInsider (May 10, 2007). Retrieved on August 22, 2009
  6. "Creating Jobs". The New York Times (January 12, 1997). Retrieved on August 22, 2009
  7. "Memory and Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress". YouTube. Retrieved on August 22, 2009
  8. "Apple's Jobs brushes aside backdating concerns". CNet News (May 10, 2007). Retrieved on August 22, 2009
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Stanford University commencement address". Apple Matters (June 12, 2005). Retrieved on August 22, 2009
  10. "Keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2004". Apple (June 2004). Retrieved on August 22, 2009
  11. "Steve Jobs talks iPod nano with camera, iPod touch without". AppleInsider (September 10, 2009). Retrieved on September 11, 2009

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