Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An unforgettable tale of a one-of-a-kind visionary.With a unique ability to meld arts and technology and an uncanny understanding of consumers' desires, Apple founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011) played a major role in transforming not just computer technology, but a variety of industries. When Jobs died earlier this month, the outpouring of emotion from the general public was surprisingly intense. His ... Read full review

Review: Steve Jobs

Editorial Review - - Harvey Freedenberg

Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. In our world of bitesized attention spans, it probably seems to some that he has already been gone for decades. Rushed into publication only three weeks after Jobs's death and several months ahead of its publication date, Walter Isaacson's book is more a work of journalism than it is the kind of biography he's written of subjects like Albert Einstein and ... Read full review

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Excellent biography. Changed my perspective as a Professional. I did not like Jobs himself for his lack of emotional capacity, but the lessons to learn from his life is worth pots of gold and buckets of diamonds. Kudos, Walter.

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I finished Steve Jobs audible, with lots of detail missed. The core different between Apple and MS or Google, is if we need to control of the whole product. Jobs is man willing to control this. Android and Windows are copycat but open. The book said an integrated control means the possibility to fully optimize the user experience. I do not think they are really competitive. Android and Windows significantly lower the price of smart phone and build the ecosystem. In the fast growth eco-system, Mac and iOS have more profit.
It is undeniable that Jobs is a great man good at controlling, which eventually affect his health. He denied surgery at his first diagnosis. In turn, his willing to control brings him his success in building a great product and a great company. As many jokes online said, if Jobs are not born in US but China, his character will not lead his success, I believe. What I also believe is even if he was not born at SV, he would not succeed. This leads to another question that if everything is coincidence or with some meaning, which is beyond this discussion.
Okey, Jobs. Though I do not like Apple product, it seems I have to use my first Apple book in near future. I would like to thank you to create such a fantastic world of gadgets.

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B+ ...
Disturbing, but a lot of good facts & stories. Gets a little long and drawn out towards the middle.

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a visionary...must read

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The book is too good. Even though Steve had done so many mistakes in his career. But there is no single person who dose not do any mistake. But he was a legendary person. His way of thinking and creativeness has bought APPLE up to this heights. He is a god father of many people.

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Management Guru Steve Jobs
Steven Paul Jobs is known to many as the pioneer of modern technology. Over his life he was involved in a number of different
businesses but is most well-known for his success as the CEO of Apple.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California. His mother was Joanne Schieble and his father’s name was John Jandali. Both of his parents had graduated from the University of WI. Soon after his birth Steve Jobs was given up for adoption. It was not until Jobs was 27 that he was able to uncover information on his biological parents.
Steve Jobs was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs. He lived in Silicon Valley CA. When Steven was young he would take apart electronics and put them back together. He and his father would spend hours on end working on electronic gadgets. Many say this is where Steven Jobs became comfortable and confident with electronics.
When Steven was little he was ornery and a prankster in elementary. Even though he was a prankster he was very smart and was the head of his class. When he was little the teachers asked his parents if they would be willing to allow him to skip middle school and go straight to high school. His parents thought this would be too much of a change.
In high school Steven met one of his future partners, Steve Wozniak. They both loved computers and electronics and were very much ahead of everyone. In a 2007 interview with ABC News, Wozniak spoke about why he and Jobs clicked so well: "We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips," Wozniak said. "Very few people, especially back then had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world. ..."
Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He was not satisfied with college and did not know which direction he wanted to take his life. He spent over 18 months going to a number of creative courses that allowed him to discover his passion. He then took a trip to India to as he said “find enlightenment”. He spent his time wondering and trying a number of psych drugs. In 1976, at age 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computers. This began in his old family garage.
Jobs and Wozniak are known as the pioneers of modern technology, but it did not take off that quickly. Their main competition was IBM. Apple released the Macintosh which was a youthful forward thinking computer, but it was still not IBM compatible. Wozniak thought Steve Jobs was hurting the company and slowly tried to push him out.
It was 1985 when Steve Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO and he then started his own company called NeXT, Inc. He began Pixar animations by purchasing a company from George Lucas. He then partnered later with Disney making him Disney’s largest shareholder. Steve Jobs
was a man of many trades. He liked to stay connected within upcoming technology and was an innovator. In 2011 he died of a pancreatic cancer.
Steve Jobs had seven rules of success that he lived his life by:
1. Do what you love.
2. Put a dent in the universe.
3. Make connections.
4. Say no to 1000 things.
5. Create insanely different experiences.
6. Master the message.
7. Sell dreams not products.
These seven rules are not only useful to Jobs, but useful to anyone who wants to live to their full potential. The first one, “do what you love” is easy. He explains that if you are not happy with what you are doing you will not try to excel.
“Put a dent in the universe”. This rule may seem like one that only a multi billionaire could use in his rules of success but in fact, it is more than that. Putting a dent in the universe does not mean that you have to be the biggest thing since the iPod, it merely is saying that you need to make an impact.
“Make connections”. This statement holds true in any career

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I couldn't believe how little I knew about Steve Jobs and the creation of Apple. My husband owns many apple products, and having grown up in the era discussed in this book I thought that I knew a lot more than I did!
It was a very interesting read, especially in the beginning, honestly discussing Job's ego, narcissism and disrespect for others. I was shocked at the way he was depicted, as I assumed he'd have been a little bit different.
Obviously being a book about someone who began a technological revolution, completely innovating the way we use technology, there should be some discussion of the product. However, at times I felt it was too technical that it became boring.
I'm glad that I read it as I learned a lot about a man who defined technology in my adult years, but it was not the best read and gravely different from what I had expected.

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It was an amazing inside view into Jobs life and Apple products invention. It really affected me in a way that I felt guilty having an android tablet although I always had iPhone. The perfection in Apple products is real and reading the book was a good way to know why and who was really behind that.
It is really a must read.

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