Co-founder Apple Computer | Inventor of the World's First PC
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Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
Computer, is undoubtedly one of the most influential pioneers of the technology
industry. A Silicon Valley icon, he helped to shape the computing industry with
his design of Apple's first line of products, the Apple I and II, and
influenced the extraordinarily popular Macintosh. His vision was to make
technology both usable and accessible to all.
On 1 April 1976, with Steve Jobs,
Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer Inc. with his Apple I personal
computer. The Apple I was priced at $666.66. They sold their first 100
computers to a local dealer. In 1980, Apple went public and made Jobs and
The next year Steve Wozniak
introduced his Apple II personal computer, which was integral in launching the
personal computer industry. It featured a central processing unit, a keyboard,
colour graphics and a floppy disk drive.
Steve Wozniak is an engaging, lively
speaker with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime success story to share with
any audience. As well as speaking engagements, he is available for corporate
meetings and events, business seminars, panel discussions and more.
More about Steve Wozniak:
In 1981, Steve went back to UC
Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. In
1985, for his achievements at Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak was awarded the
National Medal of Technology by then President of the United States Ronald
Reagan, the highest honour bestowed on America's leading innovators.
In 1982 and 1983, Steve Wozniak
sponsored two US Festivals to celebrate evolving technologies; they ended up as
a combination technology exposition/rock festival, featuring such acts as U2,
David Bowie and Van Halen, and bringing together music, computers, television
In 2000, Steve Wozniak was inducted
into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for
Technology, The Economy and Employment for "single-handedly designing the
first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for
mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for
education in grade school students and their teachers".
Since leaving Apple in 1985, Steve
Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures. A
philanthropist for more than thirty years, he has focused primarily on computer
capabilities in schools, stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity
for students. He adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and
teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology
equipment. He also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the
founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children's
Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Steve Wozniak has been Chief
Scientist for Fusion-IO since 2008. He is also a published author; his
autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, was a New York
Times best-seller. His television appearances include US reality shows Kathy
Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC's Dancing with the Stars and The
Big Bang Theory.
Steve Wozniak talks about:
Creativity and innovation - how to
foster creativity and innovation in a technical environment
Robotics and automation -
to breed an entrepreneurial mindset in a corporate culture
The Apple Computer Story –
iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon - Steve Wozniak's autobiography
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