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Steve Jobs Stole Ideas

Ideas Apple Bought, Borrowed and Stole [INFOGRAPHIC]

No doubt, Apple is one of the most successful tech company ever but how did it invent such beautiful and amazing products. Did it beg, buy, borrow and steal them?
The answer is, of course, all of the above. BestMastersPrograms.org, shared this amazing Infographic about how Apple evolved its amazing line of products over the years.
Steve Jobs always believed in the philosophy “Good Artists copy. Great Artists Steal”. He always bragged about how “Apple shamelessly stealing great ideas”. Whether it’s the mouse or touch screen ideas, Apple did not invent anything itself. But as they say, all ideas and inventions are worthless if you can’t implement and convert them into extraordinary products and Apple is really good at doing the latter.

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7 Entrepreneurial Lessons You Can Learn By Doing Sales Job

I always wanted to work in Sales. Sales is the foundation of any business. There’s a saying that,” If you are good in sales, you can be successful in anything in life”. Though it’s not true all the time but Sales Job is something which teaches you a lot about yourself and the customers and everyone should do sales job once in their life. It’s all about selling yourself – if you can present yourself well in front of the customers and build good relations, you can easily sell the product.
Though the most important part of Sales is to create value for the prospects in able to turn them into customers.
An entrepreneur who lacks basic selling skills will find hard to be successful.

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1) You need to Sell Yourself to Sell the Product: Selling yourself here means building good relations and trust with the customers with your attributes of honesty and professionalism and listening to their wants and needs and then providing the best solution for their specific problem.

The first time when you enter a prospects’ office, they do not know which product you’re selling. The first thing they will notice is you and how you’re introducing yourself and the company.
Businesses are also made successful by people. Take an example of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. It is mainly because of them Apple and Microsoft became so successful.

2) Not Everyone is Potential Customer: Before going on a cold call, salespeople always map the area to find out the best potential customers with the enough buying resources. In the business too, find out your best target market and potential customers. This will help to save your time, resources and you can focus on few very important potential customers. Always Remember, ten loyal customers are better than 30 customers who will not repeat purchase with your company.

3) Being Manipulative Works But Not in the longer run: There are two types of salespeople -Manipulative and Genuine. If the product is new in the market, then being manipulative might work for you. You might do good number of initial sales. But to be successful and drive regular sales in the longer run and in such a cut-throat competition these days, you need to be pretty honest with your customers and should try to solve their problems. Now honest here doesn’t mean that you should tell all the weak points of your product. Being Honest means to promise only those things which you can deliver.

4) Handling Pressure: The best part of Sales Job is that it teaches you how to handle pressure. Every day you have to report to your immediate manager. Every week you have to send Weekly reports to your senior manager. Every month you have review meets. And Every second you are afraid of losing your job if you’re not completing your targets. But if you’re able to handle this pressure, you can always handle different uncertainties that you will face in your business.

5) Service is Everything: It doesn’t matter for the customer how great your product is if you’re not providing good service. The customer in no time will shift to an average product with better services over your product.

6) If nine prospects say No,Don’t loose hope.. 10th one Still Could Say yes: This is the best thing I’ve learned in my Sales Job. Just never lose hope. In the business too, you only need to make one thing right to make it successful as long as you don’t do many things wrong.

7) Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone: In Sales job, your income is directly associated with your effort and skills. You need to come out of your comfort zone, overcome any shyness and hesitation and have to bring results.
Similarly, these traits will help you to get success in the business too.

 

 

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Lessons To Be Learned From The Life of Steve Jobs [ Infographic ]

Steve Jobs has been compared to Thomas Edison & Henry Ford, a true visionary who encouraged the world to “think different”.
He really changed the world with his life.
Let’s take a look at the latest Infographic from InfographicLabsLessons to be learned from the life of Steve Jobs.

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Steve Jobs Rare & Awesome Footage Conducting A Presentation In 1980 [ Video ]

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While stumbling around the web today, I found this rare footage about Steve Jobs.
It’s a rare 22 minute presentation given by Steve Jobs on Apple in 1980.
This video was gifted by Regis McKennato Computer History Museum and can be found on their online exhibit about Steve Jobs here: http://www.computerhistory.org/highlights/stevejobs/.

The video is just awesome and I must say it’s always great to watch & listen to Steve Jobs.
Always an inspiration to me.

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Steve Jobs’ FBI File: 2.65 GPA, Bomb Threats, Drugs and much more

On Thursday the FBI released a 191-page file of Steve Jobs that the agency assembled in 1991.
The file, released under the Freedom of Information Act, was compiled because Jobs was being considered for a presidential appointment under George Bush Sr. in 1991.
The FBI agents were asked to make sure that Jobs did not display any racial, religious prejudices or gender, that he didn’t abuse alcohol & drugs, & that he lived within his financial means.
For this purpose, lot of interviews were conducted with Jobs’ friends, ex-friends, employees, colleagues, and neighbors. The names of the agents and interviewees in the file have been redacted.

Some of the facts about Steve Jobs that came out from the document are as follows:

- Steve Jobs was being considered for a presidential appointment to the President’s Export Council of George H.W. Bush in 1991.

- When a FBI agent tried to meet with Mr. Jobs, his secretary said he would have to wait 3 weeks to see Jobs & might not get even a full hour of his time.

- Jobs got a GPA(Grade Point Average) of 2.65 on a 4.0 scale in high school.

- A bomb threat was made against Jobs & other Apple executives in 1985. The caller said that bombs had been placed in the homes of Jobs & others & demanded $1 million.

- One person who was interviewed by FBI described Jobs as “Strongwilled, stubborn, hardworking, & driven, which they believe is why he is so successful. And that Mr. Jobs possesses integrity as long as he gets his way; however they did not elaborate on this.”

- Several individuals commented concerning Steve Jobs’ using marijuana & LSD while in college but appeared to have stopped using drugs at least 5 years before the report.

- One person told FBI that, back in 1991, Steve Jobs already had “more money than he could spend in a lifetime”. Jobs’ main concern was how that wealth would be used after he was gone.

- Several individuals also questioned Mr. Steve Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth & distort reality in order to achieve his goals.
They also commented that, in the past, Mr. Jobs was not supportive of [redacted] (the mother of his child born out of wedlock) & their daughter; however, recently has become supportive.

- Steve Jobs’ neighbors just loved him. Describing him as “quiet and unassuming” , “never caused any problems”, “seemed to be a nice enough person,”, etc.

- One of the neighbor said that they’d had Jobs over to dinner and that he was a vegetarian who neither smoked nor drank “and did a great deal of jogging.”

- Jobs also told agents that he could think of nothing that could be used to blackmail him, was not a member of the Communist Party & did not belong to any organization that “espoused the overthrow of the government.”

- One individual believed that Steve Jobs has what it takes to assume a high level political position within the government, which in his opinion, honesty & integrity are not prerequisites to assume such a position.

- As of March 1991, Jobs owned three properties:an apartment in New York City; a house in Palo, Alto, Calif; & a house in Woodside, Calif.

Read the full report here.

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If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

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Steve Jobs in this Video:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

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News RoundUp: Cricinfo & Idea into Advertising Alliance, Yahoo grandprix, Stev Jobs’ Movie & Others

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ESPNcricinfo and Idea Cellular enter into advertising alliance. Read more at afaqs

Yahoo India launched site for Grand Prix enthusiasts. Visit the website

Movie on Steve Jobs? Author Sells Rights for $1 Million Or More. Read more at Mashable

Book of Jobs: Top of Best Seller List. Read more at The Times of India

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Samsung & Google cancel their product launch following Steve Jobs’ death

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Google Inc & Samsung Electronics Co cancelled their new product which was scheduled by Oct 11 following the death of Apple Co-founder & former CEO, Steve jobs.

“We decided it’s not the right time to announce a new product while the world is expressing tribute to Steve Jobs passing,” said Kim Titus, spokesman, Samsung Electronics.
“The industry has never lost such an iconic figure. Obviously we are well down the path but decided this is the right thing to do.” he said.

Samsung did not disclose the name of the new product also.

Google’s Android is one of the most popular smartphones software in the world and used by device makers like HTC Corp, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc & Samsung.

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What world has to say about Steve Jobs death

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Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died at 56

Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook profile:

“Steve, thank you for being a mentor & a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
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Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft said in a statement:

“I am truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda & I extend our sincere condolences to his family & friends, & to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve & I first met nearly 30 years ago, & have been colleagues, friends and competitors over the course of more than half of our lives.

The world rarely sees someone today who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve Jobs, it is been an insanely great honor.
I will miss Steve immensely.”

Barack Obama, President of USA said in a statement:

“Michelle & I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators who was brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, & talented enough to do it.

The world has lost a visionary & there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.
Michelle & I send our thoughts & prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, & all those who loved him.”


Steve Jobs family Statement:

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary but in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to all the people who have shared their wishes & prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes & memories.

We are grateful for the support & kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, & we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grief.”

Twitter Updates Over Steve Jobs’ death:

- RIP #Steve Jobs. You were a genius & your impact will never be forgotten.

- RIP #Steve Jobs. Just too big a loss for 140 characters.

- RIP #Steve Jobs. You were the modern day Thomas Edison.

- RIP #Steve Jobs. You are a brilliant star who gave the world imagination,technological joy and fun. You are already missed.

- “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” #Steve Jobs

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Google Homepage Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs ( 1955-2011)

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also pays tribute to Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs today. Under the Google search box, you can find a message: “Steve Jobs, 1955-2011,” which links to Apple’s homepage.

The Apple.com homepage featured a black & white picture of Steve with the words “Steve Jobs.1955-2011″.
If you would like to share your thoughts, condolences & memories, please email to rememberingsteve@apple.com .

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Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died at 56

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Apple Inc co-founder & former CEO Steve Jobs, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer & other health issues.

Apple Inc , released this statement:

We are deeply saddened to announce that visionary and creative genius Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion & energy were the source of countless innovations in the company that enrich & improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better to live because of Steve.

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Steve’s greatest love was for his wife, Laurene,& his family. Our hearts go out to them & to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

The Apple.com homepage also featured a black & white picture of Steve with the words “Steve Jobs, 1955-2011.”

“Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most imp tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, – Steve Jobs in 2005

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Steve Jobs – An artist who changed the world

 

“We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We’re creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or a poet. That’s how you have to think of this. We’re rewriting the history of human thought with what we’re doing.” – Noah Wyle who portrayed the role of Steve Jobs in “Pirates of Silicon Valley” said in the movie. The film is based on the book Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine.

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And actually Steve Jobs was not just the CEO of Apple, he was an artist or a legend who invented the most lovable and revolutionary products of the world that changed everything.

Early Life
Steve Jobs was born to unmarried couple Joanne Carole Schieble and Syrian Muslim Abdulfattah Jandali on Feb.24, 1955 in California. But later on, he was adopted by a Middle Class American Couple Clara & Paul Jobs.

College Dropout

After doing graduation from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California- Steve Jobs took admission in Reed College in Oregon but dropped out after 1st semester only. He then joined Atari in 1974 to gain some work experience.

Beginning of Apple
Steve Jobs along with fellow college dropout and friend Steve Wozniak started Apple in his family garage in California in April 1976. Jobs was the ‘sales’ guy in the company who was working behind how to push sales and Steve Wozniak worked as the Engineer. Prior to Apple, Wozniak was a genius electronics hacker.
Later on, Apple got the funding from Semi- retired Intel Marketing Manager & Engineer A.C. Mike Markkula Jr.
The first computer built was Apple II which introduced the concept of personal computers. Apple sales rose from $7.8 million in 1978 to $117 million in 1980.

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In 1978, Apple recruited Mike Scott from National Semiconductor to serve as CEO for what turned out to be several turbulent years. In 1983, Steve Jobs lured John Sculley away from Pepsi-Cola to serve as Apple’s CEO, asking, “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?
In 1984, Apple aired a Super Bowl television commercial titled “1984.”
And launched Macintosh which was the first commercially successful small computer with a graphical user interface.

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But in 1985 because of Steve Jobs’ aggressive approach of managing, he was ousted from Apple by John Sculley after a disagreement on how to run the company.

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After Apple, Steve Jobs founded another company “NeXT Computer”.

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The company was more technologically advanced than Apple & brought first ‘Interpersonal’ Computer- next level to personal computers. Graphical E-Mails were also introduced by this company. But because of high cost of products, company could not sold many products and was not commercially successful.

Relationship with Pixar & Disney

In 1986, Steve Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) and after years of unprofitability finally contracted with Disney to produce animated feature films.

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The first film produced by the partnership, Toy Story, brought fame and critical acclaim to the studio when it was released in 1995. Over the next 15 years, the company had produce the box-office hits A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
In 2006, Disney purchased the Pixar for $ 7.4 billion but Steve Jobs became the highest single stakeholder with 7% of total stock.

Return to Apple
In 1996, Apple bought NeXT for $429 million which also brought back Steve Jobs to the company. Jobs made some drastic changes in the company like terminated number of unprofitable projects and changed the licensing program for Macintosh clones, making it too costly for the manufacturers to continue making machines.
With the purchase of NeXT, much of the company’s technology found its way into Apple products, most notably NeXTSTEP, which evolved into Mac OS X.

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And then with introduction of iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and iPad, the company has became the most valuable brand of the world.

Retirement

In August 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, but remained at the company as chairman of the company’s board.

Philanthropy

Arik Hesseldahl of BusinessWeek magazine noted that “Jobs isn’t widely known for his association with philanthropic causes”, compared to Bill Gates’ efforts. In 1997, after returning back to Apple as CEO, Jobs eliminated all corporate philanthropy programs.

Favorite Quotations:

1) “Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. … One is very fortunate if you get to work on just one of these in your career. Apple’s been very fortunate it’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world.

2) “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

3) “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it

4) “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”
“I am saddened, not by Microsoft’s success — I have no problem with their success. They’ve earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.”

5) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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What other people think about Steve Jobs

1) “You know, Steve was never like you or me, he always saw things differently. Even when I was in Berkeley, I would see something and just see kilobytes or circuit boards while he’d see karma or the meaning of the universe.” – Steve Wozniak

2) “In terms of an inspirational leader, Steve Jobs is really the best I have ever met,”
“He’s got a belief in excellence of products. He’s able to communicate that,”- Bill Gates.

Wealth
Steve Jobs only earned $1 a year as CEO of Apple but he holds 5.426 million Apple shares, as well as 138 million shares in Disney.
Forbes has estimated his net wealth at $5.1 billion in 2009, making him the 43rd wealthiest American.

Some other facts

1) Jobs always wanted to study and experience spiritualism and existentialism. In India, he wanted to visit the Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram. However, when he arrived in 1970s he learn’t that Baba has died.

2) Steve Jobs is a Buddhist and a vegetarian.

3) Steve Jobs named the company as “Apple” because Apple is his favorite food.

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