Apple Steve JobsLast week, Steve Jobs, 56, has officially resigned from Apple, the 35-year old company he helped found. The world was shocked by the timing, though we had all expected it to come eventually, just not at the peak of Appleā€™s success. There is something to be said for getting out while on top, though.

This is not the first time we have seen Steve leave. The first time was back in 1985. He started NeXt Computers at that time, which was a disaster as far as his main vision was concerned, namely creating a new competition to Mac – more expensive and based on Unix.

In 1997 he was brought back on board at Apple and he brought the overhauled NeXT, a software R&D firm, that would be integrated into Apple and give rise to the Mac OSX. It is quite likely that without those twelve disappointing years Jobs would not have developed into the leader he needed to be to take Apple to world dominance within 14 years.

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