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September 16th 2008, Steve Jobs Is Still Apple’s CEO (PHEW)

On September 16, 1985 Steve Jobs was ousted from the company that he founded, Apple Inc. On September 16, 1997 he returned to resurrect Apple from near extinction. Today is September 16, 2008 and Steve Jobs is currently Apple’s CEO… Let’s just take a moment to say… “Phew !”

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In 1985 Jobs lost a boardroom battle for control of the company with then-CEO John Sculley. Jobs brought in Sculley from Pepsi-Cola, where Sculley was apparently well suited to sell soda. Technology however, not so much. Jobs and Sculley ran Apple as co-CEO’s for a while, but then the board decided jobs was to evangelical (visionary) and was too volatile (raging asshole) to lead the company, so he resigned.

Immediately after resigning Jobs launched a company called NeXT.

“NeXT was Jobs’ revenge. Jobs founded NeXT with the express purpose of running Apple into the ground. NeXT would develop computers that were far better than anything Apple could offer, and Apple would soon be out of business. NeXT never did put Apple out of business, and for the next 10 years just barely survived itself. It did, however, produce a fantastic operating system, NeXTStep, which many praised as ahead of its time. In December 1996, Apple bought NeXT for $400 million. It wanted NeXTStep to form the basis of a new, modern operating system, one that didn’t crash every time Netscape Navigator was launched,” Leander Khaney writes for Wired.com.

Apple bought NeXT for $400 million in December of 1996. “It wanted NeXTStep to form the basis of a new, modern operating system, one that didn’t crash every time Netscape Navigator was launched,” Khaney explains (Haha, Touché). What Jobs was working on at NeXT can now be attributed to Mac OS X. Aside from retaking on the role as Apple CEO, Jobs had another little company looming in the background. Pixar, had just released Toy Story, and has gone on to release smash success after smash success.

Today, is September 16, 2008, and we can safely say. Thank you Steve. We’re as happy as ever that you’re still Apple’s CEO! Here’s to another ten years!


[via TUAW via Wired]

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