Millions of people around the world today are proud owners of Apple products, from smartphones to watches and laptops. The passion and creativity of one person has reached people in the corners of the globe, making Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, one of the most influential people in the tech industry. Some say the founder of Apple lost his footing on his way to success. But, few will disagree that Apple lost its sense of direction and pioneering spirit without Jobs on the front line. Engineering one of the most amazing turnarounds of the 20th century, Steve Jobs cemented his name in history as an icon of American business.
Every Apple fan knows the story of how the son of a machinist with an interest in electronics set out to build a computer for every household sparking the personal computer revolution. However, there are still a few facts that are not common knowledge!
Here are a few lesser known facts about the one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs.
Jobs decided to name his company Apple on his visit to an organic farm to collect fruits. He was a fruitarian and his diet consisted of only fruits and fish.
2. Apple’s typography and font
After dropping out of college, Jobs continued his education by informally auditing classes. One of those courses was a calligraphy course, which was instrumental in the future Apple products’ attention to typography and font.
3. Annual Salary
Jobs’ annual salary at Apple was only $ 1 annually. However, he was a majority shareholder of Disney stock after selling Pixar and held close to 5.5 million shares of Apple stock.
An entire team at Apple was dedicated to study the experience of opening a box. Jobs insisted on achieving the excitement and emotional response level that is now common with all the Apple products.
Close to 346 United States patents have been listed with Steve Jobs named as either the inventor or co inventor. Apple’s famous glass staircase is one such patented attraction that pulls passersby into the store.
Steve Jobs acted as a mentor to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of the search engine giant Google. He even shared some of his advisers with the duo but was furious when Google went on to launch the Android operating system.
7. Pancreatic Cancer
When Jobs was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, he waited for nine months before undergoing surgery. He instead opted for an alternative medicine regimen, including a vegan diet, acupuncture and herbal remedies, even consulting a psychic.
8. Bill Gates
Although they were rivals for a majority of the time, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs hit it off while doing an event together for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates even wrote a letter to Jobs about how Jobs should feel great about what he had done and the company he had built. Jobs appreciated the letter and kept it by his bedside.
9. Last words
Till date, no one has been able to decipher Steve Jobs last words which were “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.” Jobs spoke these last words on his deathbed while gazing over his family’s shoulders before passing away on Oct 5 at the age of 56.
10. Steve Jobs: The Man With A Mission
One of Steve Jobs’ most famous quotes is “I want to put a ding in the universe.” I think it is safe to say Steve Jobs managed to put more than just a ding in the universe!
Watch Steve Jobs inspire graduates and entrepreneurs to dream big and achieve their dreams in this motivational video!
Wharton Graduate Eric Tse Becomes Billionaire At 24
Eric Tse, a Wharton graduate, was gifted $ 3.8 billion by his parents in the form of 2.7 billion shares of his parents’ company, Sino Biopharmaceutical Limited.
It was also reported along with the gift, Eric Tse was also promoted to the position of executive director at Sino Biopharmaceutical, after working at the Company for 1 year. As the executive director, Eric Tse will have a salary of $ 498,000 annually plus bonuses.
Now, Forbes lists Eric Tse as the 546th richest person in the world. Moreover, Bloomberg also reported the shares transferred to Eric Tse are equivalent to 21.45 % of the Company’s share capital.
Tse Ping, Eric’s father, founded the billion dollar company Sino Biopharmaceutical in 2000 and serves as the CEO of the Company. Cheung Ling Cheng, Eric Tse’s mother, also serves as the Vice Chairperson of Sino Biopharmaceutical. Theresa, Eric’s older sister, who is currently the Company’s Chairperson, owns 11 % of the Company.
According to a statement released by Sino Biopharmaceutical, the shares were transferred to Eric Tse in an effort to refine the management of the Company and the inheritance of the family wealth. The statement also added the board of directors believe the transfer of shares will not have any material impact on the business operations of the Company.
Eric Tse, who majored in Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was also the co founder of the Penn Wharton China Summit. The non profit organisation grew to become America’s largest student organized summit in China.
Despite the sudden increase in wealth, Tse expressed his wish of not wanting to participate in wealth ranking.
Huawei Unknown Facts
Huawei is the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunication equipment. The Company was founded in 1987 by the 42 year old Ren Zhengfei. Considered one of the world’s largest technology brands, Huawei was valued at $ 105.1 billion in 2018. Here are a few unknown facts about this tech company.
Unknown facts about Huawei
1) Founder Ren Zhengfei came up with the name Huawei after coming across the phrase ‘Zhonghua youwei,’ which meant ‘China has promise.’
2) The name Huawei can be quite difficult for non Chinese people to pronounce. Huawei is pronounced as ‘Waa wai,’ but Huawei’s pronunciation varies by countries. This led the Company to launch a name recognition campaign, where they used “Wow way” to encourage a pronunciation closer to the actual one.
3) Huawei puts more focus on Research and Development (R and D,) with more than 40 % of the Company’s employees working in the R and D department.
4) Huawei’s Ox Horn Campus is famous for its European style architecture. Based in Guangdong, the R and D campus consists of 12 small ‘towns,’ modeled after famous European cities like Paris, Granada and Bruges. The research buildings of every ‘town’ are a replica of popular castles, palaces and many more.
5) Huawei’s 5G tech played a big part in the world’s first remote brain surgery. Dr. Ling Zhipei performed the brain surgery on a patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The surgeon operated on the patient, who was 3,000 km away from him, by manipulating surgical instruments with the help of a computer and 5G network. After the success, Dr. Zhipei credited Huawei’s 5G technology for ensuring a nearly real time operation.
6) In the tech industry, Apple is considered a direct rival of Huawei. However, this rivalry did not stop Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei from using Apple products. Zhengfei considers Apple’s iPhone the best phone in the world and revealed his family prefers Apple’s products over Huawei’s.
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Peter Thiel Unknown Facts
Peter Thiel is the co founder of PayPal and a well known venture capitalist. Thiel is considered an independent thinker and one of the smartest entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley by many. From investing in Facebook during its early days, to co founding a CIA backed project named Palantir Technologies, Thiel has done a lot of work which may surprise the world. Here are some unknown facts about Peter Thiel.
Unknown facts about Peter Thiel
1) Despite having a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a law degree from Stanford University, Peter Thiel doesn’t believe in a university education and often encourages youngsters to drop out of college. His foundation often gives funds of $ 100,000 to young entrepreneurs who are willing to drop out of school and work on their business ideas.
2) As an investor, Thiel likes to invest in eccentric projects and once invested a considerable amount in a project which worked on 3D printed meat.
3) Peter Thiel is the only entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
4) Peter Thiel was also an avid chess player and was given the designation of a master chess player by the United States Chess Federation.
5) Apart from various eccentric projects, Thiel also supports and invested in anti aging research. Thiel is funding various research projects which work toward increasing human healthspan, reversing age related decline and tackling neurodegenerative diseases through his non profit, Breakout Labs.
6) Peter Thiel, along with Elon Musk and Max Levchin, was the executive producer of a satirical black comedy film, Thank You For Smoking (2005.)
7) Peter Thiel believes human activities do not affect the climate. Thiel calls himself a climate skeptic and considers the idea of human activity altering climate to be pseudoscience than actual science.
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