Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were perhaps two of the biggest innovative thinkers the world has ever seen. Their vision was so futuristic, one could only stand in awe and watch them create history. Jobs and Wozniak were first introduced to each other all the way back in the year 1971, by Bill Fernandez, who went on to become the first Apple employee. They became really close because of their shared love of technology and of course, pranks.
In fact, the two did not join forces for technology but for their shared love of out of the box pranks. They would create extraordinarily provocative art which ended up being displayed at a graduation ceremony. They went so far as to almost be able to call the Pope in Vatican.
Eventually, like everyone else, the two pranksters grew tired of their ways and decided to focus their love on technology like they had planned. Their first ground breaking entry into the world of innovation was by creating “blue boxes,” a system which enabled people to make long distance calls for free.
In 1975, the two Steves attended the Homebrew Computer Club together; a computer hobbyist group that gathered in California’s Menlo Park. It was here, Woz first saw the MITS Altair, which today looks like little more than a box of lights and circuit boards. The two were inspired by MITS’ build it yourself approach (the Altair came as a kit) to make something simpler for the rest of the world. This philosophy continues to shine through in Apple’s products even today.
The first Apple computer, Apple 1, was created by Woz as a means of competition to show off what he could do with such limited resources. However, little did Woz know that Jobs would like the archetype so much, he would use it for all future Apple products. Woz built everything at Apple with his own hands and he wanted to actually sell the devices for a little more than the products used to build the devices.
However, Jobs had a bigger (and better) plan for Apple altogether. Jobs cracked a deal with the Byte Shop in Mountain View to supply it with 50 computers priced at $ 500 each. This meant that once the store had taken its cut, the Apple 1 sold for $ 666.66. The legend is that Wozniak liked repeating numbers and was unaware of the ‘number of the beast’ connection.
The Byte Shop was going on a limb for Jobs and Wozniak. The fact was, Apple Computers Inc., did not have the resources to fulfill the order neither did they have enough Apple I computers. A bank turned down their request for a loan and even the $ 5,000 they received from a friend’s father was not enough to fund the project. In the end, it was Byte’s purchase order that sealed the deal for the Apple founders. Jobs was banking on this order to see them through the end of the project. While the project went through, this risk taking factor became the main reason for the first employee of Apple to quit.
Despite the fact that only 200 Apple 1 computers were produced, the success in itself was so high, the team was able to bank role the Apple 2 project. Once developed, this piece of technology, worth a little over $ 100, was selling a piece of hardware worth ten times that much. This in itself was uncharted territory for Apple as a company. Unfortunately, even with the right software, the Apple 2 could not have been a huge success as it did not adher to the company’s already established high standards.
More importantly, Apple 2 was the first computer to use colour graphics in the right way. Apple had designed a computer that embodied what we came to expect of desktop machines through the 1980’s, 1990’s and the first few years of this century. This was the beginning of everything, before Apple turned things on its head again and moved increasingly towards sealed boxes without the option for internal expansion.
The Apple 1,2 and 3 were text based machines. The stupendous success of these two brilliant geniuses had left everyone wondering about the future of the company. They did not have to wait long. Jobs desperately wanted to do something innovative and he got his break when working with the Lisa. From there on, he went on to create the Macintosh and that in itself was a massive revolution.
However, the original Macintosh required a lot of renovations needed to make it a success. For instance, it did not have an internal hard drive and this was cited as a massive problem. After several tweaks and modifications, the Macintosh 2 came into being. This was a massive success instantly because at the time of its launch, beating Microsoft which was at that time the best selling software.
Apple has progressed through the years in leaps and bounds. Despite having lost one of the original founders, Woz took forward the Apple tradition by creating something truly brilliant. From just being a contraption of sorts, Apple products progressed to something far more sophisticated and sleek. Each design was worth taking note of and keeping a watch on the market and the market trends. From the Apple 1 versions, to the iPods and the iMacs of the current world, Apple has come a long way.
Take a moment to ponder about this fact. If Woz and Jobs had not joined the computer club back in the day, then we would not have the empowering technology we have today.
Facebook Facts That’ll Flip You Out!
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook as a means of connecting people to one another via the Internet. While Facebook is perhaps one of the most pioneering sites of social media, there are a lot of hidden facts about one of the largest online platforms. Today, we bring you ten things you probably did not know about this platform!
1. No blocking.
You can block literally anyone except for the Mark Zuckerberg. Why would you want to, anyway?
2. Talk like a pirate
Have you ever wanted to talk like a Pirate but did not know how? Then worry not because Facebook gives you the option of changing your language to Pirate! A win here for sure!
3. No privacy!
Facebook has access to all your online browsing. Yes. Even after you sign out! Next time you check in somewhere, think twice. Because, Big Brother is watching!
4. The first face
Zuckerberg has a quirky side to him. How do we know? The first face of Facebook was Al Pacino! It was placed on the top left side of the screen!
5. Like the Awesome
The word “like” was thought to be subtle for Facebook and the team wanted to initially call the like button the “awesome” button. What do you prefer? To be awesome or to be liked?
6. Not just a random colour
Did you know Facebook is blue in colour because Mark Zuckerberg is primarily colour blind? He can’t see the colours red and green. The next best option? Red + Green = Blue!
7. Oh China!
China doesn’t believe in International social media. The country has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for almost a decade now. In fact, since the year 2009.
8. The mother of all divorces
According to reports, a third of all divorce filings in the year 2011 in the United States listed Facebook as a cause.
9. A slap for the internet
A blogger was so sick of Facebook, he hired a woman to slap him every time he got on Facebook. Now that is perseverance in its true form!
10. Death. Oh death.
To make things morbid, Facebook has around 30,000 million profiles of people who have passed away. Talk about morbid.
Facebook is clearly more than just being your average social media platform, with its fair share of the dark side and the good side. Let us know if you think there are other strange facts we missed here!
Life Lessons To Be Learnt From Indra Nooyi
Apart from being a wife and a mother, Indra Nooyi is first and foremost known as the CEO of one of the largest companies, PepsiCo. Here are a few great life lessons to learn from the woman who dared to dream.
1. Everyone needs a vision
When Nooyi became the CEO of Pepsi, she didn’t start off with the idea of changing the face of the company. She started off with a bigger vision for the company and then built towards achieving the goal. This is why it is important to have a vision first and then plan the process out.
2. Listen carefully
According to Indra Nooyi, listening is perhaps the most important thing. There are always people with ideas for how we can do things differently – ideas we may not want to hear. This is where listening plays a huge role in your life. The next big idea could just be the result of listening, who knows!
3. Ensure that culture isn’t affected
Where you come from is your defining factor. Even if you move from place to place, ensure your culture remains the same wherever you are.
4. Be a student for life
Keep learning all your life. The world is always evolving and there is no limit to the information you learn. Let the student in your life always be alive and your life will have new meaning.
5. People are everything
Growing up, Indra would always see people come to her mother and appreciate her for the good job she had done in raising Indra. These things always had a huge impact on her and she realised the relationships you build growing up have a strong impact in your life.
While not everything comes with just dreaming, these life lessons from Indra Nooyi really help getting things into perspective, making life a memorable experience.
The Flipkart Success Story
Flipkart is perhaps India’s largest home grown e commerce platform today and it has quite a success story to its name. Founded in the year 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, this platform was founded with a meagre Rs. 6,500 as a startup fund.
Both were Amazon techies working at creating the next big thing. Little did they know that the idea was just around the corner. Bored with their mundane jobs, Sachin and Binny wanted to create a search engine dedicated to e commerce websites. However, they soon realised that there were very few websites of this kind and this when they came up with something like Flipkart.
They left their jobs in the hopes of shaping the future of e commerce in India at a time when this field was steadily growing. Both of them loved books and founded Flipkart as a platform that catered to book lovers. Want anything, Flipkart made it available. In fact, that is what Flipkart means: Flipping things into the cart. A couple of months into the business, they realised they had a larger target audience to tap.
In the first few years of its existence, Flipkart raised funds through venture capital funding. As the company grew in stature, more funding arrived. Flipkart repaid the investors’ faith with terrific performances year after year. In the financial year 2008-09, Flipkart had made sales to the tune of Rs. 40 million. This soon increased to Rs. 200 million in the following year.
When Flipkart launched, e commerce websites faced one major problem, that of online payment gateways. Back then, not many people trusted paying on the internet. Flipkart tackled this problem by introducing cash on delivery and payment by card on delivery in addition to others. Flipkart was the first to implement the ‘Cash On Delivery’ facility, which every online shopping website in India offers as an option today.
Over the years, as faith was established in Flipkart’s business and easy delivery processes, the acquisitions became higher and the rewards became larger. With Sachin Singh as the Chairman of the company and Binny Singh as the CEO, Flipkart stands as the largest online e commerce platform in the country. Walmart is in talks to invest in this online platform and once the investment goes through, Flipkart and Amazon will stand neck to neck. What started off as only a platform for books has now become a platform for pretty much anything from technology to stationary!
Flipkart managed to open the doors to an e commerce friendly India and this was only possible because of the founders who created and not just thought. A true success story like this doesn’t come too often and when it does, it makes sense to stand up and notice.
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