Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming

Create your own awesome maps

Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming

Even on the go

with our free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

Get Started

Already have an account? Log In

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011 by Mind Map: Steve Jobs
1955 - 2011
4.2 stars - 7 reviews range from 0 to 5

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

Thank you Mr. Jobs for an amazing and outstanding career. Not only did you make better products for us, but you made us better in the process.


Born February 24, San Francisco, CA

to Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali

Given up for adoption and raised by

Paul and Clara Jobs


Attends Hewlett Packard sponsored after school talks

Hired as an HP summer employee

Meets Steve Wozniak


Enrolls at Reed College

Drops out after one semester

Continues to audit courses

including caligraphy, Jobs would later go on to comment, "If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts."


Jobs begins attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club together with Wozniak

Takes job at Atari as a technician

saving money with the ultimate goal of travelling to India for a spiritual retreat

Travels to India with former Reed College friend Daniel Kottke

Kottke will go on to become Apple's first employee

Jobs returns to Atari

Founder Nolan Bushnell challenges employees to create a circuit board for the game Breakout, $100/chip that could be removed from the circuit board, Jobs cuts a deal with Wozniak to split the profits evenly, Wozniak creates a circuit board so refined that it can not be duplicated on a production line


Apple Computer Company is founded

Steve Jobs

Steve Wozniak

Ronald Wayne, sells his stake 2 weeks later for $2300

Mike Markkula


Apple is incorporated to Apple Computer Inc.

New company buys out original partnership

Apple II is launched

becomes the world's first widely used computer


Apple recruits Mike Scott from National Semiconductor to serve as CEO


Apple III launched

Apple Computer Inc. goes public

Stock prices rise from $22/share to $29/share on the first day of trading


Jobs rolls up his sleeves and becomes personally involved with the Macintosh product line development

originally started by Jef Raskin


Jobs recruits John Scully from Pepsi to serve as CEO and President of Apple Computer Inc.

His pitch?

"Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?"

First mouse controlled computer, Lisa is launched



Apple launches Macintosh

Now iconic 1984 superbowl ad showcases, "Why 1984, won't be like 1984"


An industry wide sales slump causes Jobs and Scully to bang heads


after a significant power struggle between Jobs and Scully, along with an announcement of significant layoffs, Jobs is removed from his position as Head of Macintosh Development, He takes 5 Apple Computer Inc. employees with him

Founds NeXT Inc., later renamed to NeXT Computer Inc.

Strong focus on high end technology and design, Mach Kernel, Digital Signal Process chip, Built in Ethernet port


Purchase The Graphics Group from George Lucas for less than $10M

Later named Pixar Animation Studios


NeXT launches "The Cube"


Monochrome monitor

Fails in the marketplace, save for a few high end buyers

NeXTSTEP technology serves as the foundation for what will become OS X


Toy Story is released

A joint venture between Disney and Pixar

A resounding commercial and technical success


Apple Computer Inc. announces their acquisition of NeXT Computer Inc.


Jobs becomes "advisor" to then Chairman Gil Amelio



Gil Amelio is ousted as Chairman


Jobs becomes "Interim" CEO of Apple Computer Inc., Receives an annual salary of $1


Jobs focuses on returning Apple to profitability, kills further development of:




Apple launches the "all in one" iMac

sells over 1M units

revives Apple's financial status, Stock price jumps 400%, Returns to profibability, records 4 consecutive quarters of profitability

Wins Gold Award from British Design and Art Direction

Vogue:, "one of Spring's hottest fashion statements"

Business Week:, "one of the century's lasting images."


"Interim" dropped from Jobs' official title

Jokes that his official title should be iCEO


Apple Computer Inc. enters the consumer electronics market with the launch of the now iconic iPod


Jobs announces the creation of the iTunes Music Store

which will sell encoded music

Changes the music industry forever


Jobs is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

He receives treatment and returns to work by September

More than 4.4 million iPods are sold during the 2004 fiscal year


iPhone is announced

One of the very first smartphones without a keyboard



Jobs announces that he will not be delivering the keynote, or attending the upcoming MacWorld Expo

Rumors circulate about his health



Jobs' dramatic weight loss is described as a Hormonal Imbalance, Says that his medical condition will not affect his performance as CEO

Approximately one week later, Jobs announces a Leave of Absence from Apple until June, as his medical situation had changed

COO Tim Cook is appointed to handle the day-today operations of Apple Computer Inc.

Apple confirms that Jobs will still be involved in strategic decisions


The Wall Street Journal reports that Jobs has undergone a liver transplant

A Tennessee hospital later issues a statement confirming the operation

Apple confirms that Jobs will return to work by the end of the month



Apple launches the iPad, Changes the game again, and makes tablet based computing a viable market alternative to notebooks


Jobs announces the second generation of Apple TV, Streaming video from the internet or mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad directly to TV sets



Apple announces that Jobs is taking a Medical Leave of Absence, Raises another round of questions regarding Jobs' health, Also sparks questions about Apple's, Stock, Product Development, Business Operations


Suspends his Leave of Absence to present the iPad 2


Still technically on leave, Jobs appears at the Worldwide Developers conference, Announces, iOS5, iCloud

Appears before Cupertino City Council and proposes to build a spaceship like campus for Apple


Jobs officially steps down as Apple Computer Inc. CEO, He can, "no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO.", COO Tim Cook assumes the CEO role

Remains Chairman of the Board at Apple Computer Inc.

October 5

"Live every day of your life as if it were the last one."

Thank you Steve. For everything.