Steve Jobs
Steven Paul Jobs (ˈ; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs was co-founder and previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, pronounced , is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California. The studio has earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and three Grammy Awards, among many other awards and acknowledgments. Its films have made over $6.3 billion worldwide...

; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company is the largest media conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. Founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into...

 in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

In the late 1970s, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak
Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak is an American computer engineer and programmer who founded Apple Computer, Co. with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne...

 engineered one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series
Apple II series
The Apple II series is a set of 8-bit home computers, one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products, designed primarily by Steve Wozniak, manufactured by Apple Computer and introduced in 1977 with the original Apple II...


It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.

At age 29, as quoted in Playboy (February 1985)

The Japanese have hit the shores like dead fish. They're just like dead fish washing up on the shores.

As quoted in Playboy (February 1985)

It is hard to think that a $2 billion company with 4,300-plus people couldn't compete with six people in blue jeans.

On Apple's lawsuit against him, following his resignation to form NeXT|NeXT, as quoted in Newsweek (1985-09-30)

They're babes in the woods. I think I can help turn Alvy and Ed into businessmen.

On Pixar|Pixar co-founders Alvy Ray Smith|Alvy Ray Smith and Edwin Catmull|Edwin Catmull, as quoted in TIME magazine (1986-09-01)

If, for some reason, we make some big mistake and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter a computer Dark Ages for about twenty years.

On the early rivalry between Macintosh and "IBM-compatible" computers based on Microsoft's DOS|DOS, as quoted in Steve Jobs : The Journey is the Reward (1987) by Jeffrey S. Young, p. 235

I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I'm only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I've got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.

On his expulsion from any position of authority at Apple, after having invited John Sculley|John Sculley to become CEO, as quoted in Playboy (September 1987)

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?

A comment he made in persuading John Sculley|John Sculley to become Apple's CEO, as quoted in Odyssey : Pepsi to Apple : A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne

It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

As quoted in Odyssey : Pepsi to Apple : A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne