April 1, 2015

On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne established the Apple computer company and soon introduced the Apple-1 computer. (The company was incorporated in January 1977.)

“His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way he helped to transform seven industries: personal computing, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, retail stores, and digital publishing….”

— “The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs
By Walter Isaacson, Harvard Business Review, April 2012

In this Bloomberg Businessweek video, Steve Wozniak remembers building the Apple-1 computer:

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(This screenshot of an Apple-1 computer comes from the video, “The Original Apple Computer ‘Apple 1’ in 1976”)

“Wunderkind. Jerk. Innovator. Tyrant. (All of the above.) Even now, almost four years after his death, it’s hard to read a story about Steve Jobs that doesn’t rely on these kinds of generic labels to explain his character, that doesn’t paint him as an obstreperous ingrate who never changed, who cowed coworkers and competitors with an almost magical ‘reality distortion field.’

It’s a strange phenomenon, given the extraordinary story of his life: A callow businessman, a young college dropout whose behavior was so divisive and undisciplined that he was exiled in 1985 from the company he founded, turns around and becomes the radically effective visionary leader of a company that became the most valuable enterprise on earth.”

— “The Evolution of Steve Jobs
By Rick Tetzeli, Fast Company, March 2015

The film takes some creative license, but this scene from the 1999 TNT movie, “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” remembers Steve Jobs’s garage and the beginning of Apple:

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