15 things you didn’t know about Steve Jobs.

15 things you didn’t know about Steve Jobs.


1. Prior to Apple, Steve Jobs worked at Atari, an American home computer and video game company. When he was asked his reason behind naming his company ‘Apple’  – he promptly responded with, ‘because, Apple comes before Atari in the phone-book.’ Apart from this, while naming Apple, he told his existing staff to come up with a relevant name till 5 in the evening that day. He put forth the condition that if none of the names that they came up with were convincing enough, he’d name the company after his favorite fruit – Apple.

2. He’d sometimes get into the elevator and spend the entire duration of his journey firing the employees that were in there traveling with him. He’d then leave the elevator calling it ‘a joke’.

3. The famous Mercedes SL55 AMG that he used for commuting was changed every six months, replaced by the exact same model. Why? He wanted to drive around without a license plate on his car. According to the California Vehicle Laws, you could drive a car for a maximum of  six months after it’s purchased, without a license plate. He was never given a ticket by the cops for the lack of license plate, as a result.

4. His last words were ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.’

5. Steve Jobs wasn’t too much  into charity. Although, he never made his stand clear regarding this, he stopped all the philanthropic programs at Apple 17 years ago, to ‘wait until they were profitable’. He never resumed them.

6. There is a Steve Job signature inside every Macintosh machine ever made. After the team that made the first Macintosh was done working on it, a huge party was thrown at Steve’s house, where every member of the team including Jobs, who had worked hard on Macintosh signed on a single sheet  of paper. This sheet of paper serves as a mold for the metal sheet that is used in Macintosh.

7. He spent 7 months in India in the summer of 1978. He came to the country with his room-mate to see a Hindu Guru by the name of Neem Karoli Baba, only to find that he had passed away earlier that year. He came back from India, converted to Buddhism and dressed in Indian clothes. Jeff Godell, contributing editor to Rolling stone said, “I had no idea that this guy would turn out to be one of the greatest visionaries of our time. To me, he just seemed like a lost hippie kid.”

8. He studied Calligraphy. After dropping out of college, he still continued to attend a few creative courses for the next 18 months. One of these creative courses was the delicate art of putting words on paper. In his very famous Stanford Commencement Speech he said, “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”

9. He once called Vic Gondotra, Google Engineer who handled all Mobile Applications in 2008, on a Sunday, to tell him that second O in the Google logo didn’t have the right shade of yellow.
“So Vic,” he said, “We have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I’ve already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow.”

“I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient. It’s just wrong and I’m going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?”

Remembering the incident Gondotra once said, “When I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I’ll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.”

10. He is biologically a half Syrian Muslim. His father – Abdulfattah Jandali and his mother Joanne Schieble, put him up for adoption after which he was taken in by Clara and Paul Jobs. His biological parents later married and had a daughter, Steve’s half sister – Mona Simpson, who is an American author and Professor of English at University of California.

11. As a result of his pancreatic cancer, jobs needed a liver transplant that extended his life for the next two and half years. He was given a car crash victim’s liver. What’s so special in this, you ask? He discovered a loophole in UNOS registration system to get a liver transplant before other people in the queue.

12. According to Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Issacson, he was once interviewing a candidate for a position at Apple and this is what happened:

13. He lied to Steve Wozniak, the Co-Founder at Apple, when they worked at Atari. They had decided to split the money they got by making the game ‘Breakout’. Jobs was paid $5000, but he told Wozniak that he had made $700, hence paying him only $350.

14. He is a pescetarian, which means he ate no other meat except the fish. He was otherwise a vegetarian.

15. It is very well known that he worked as the CEO of Apple at a salary of $1/ year. This had been his constant salary since 1998.

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