Founders Friday: This Tech Giant Launched On April Fools’ Day & That’s No Joke
This Founders Friday takes us to Silicon Valley on April 1, 1976. That’s right, April Fools’ Day. The startup founded on that day would be no laughing matter, however. It would become one of the most dominant and most profitable companies the world has ever known.
So what company’s birthday is today? It’s none other than Apple.
We’re not going to rehash the story of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne launching a company who’s present value is closing in on $3T. You’ve most likely heard it before. But, as Apple celebrates its 46th birthday, we did think it would be fun to share these links…
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Summary, Analysis and Criticism: Never read the book Steve Jobs? Well, if you’ve got 18 minutes to spare you can read this StoryShorts summary.
- Apple computer contract and dissolution of contract signed by Jobs, Wozniak and Wayne (3 documents): In 2011, Apple’s founding contract was auctioned off by Sotheby’s and sold for $1.5945M. Sotheby’s catalogue note has some great info related to the agreement and Apple’s founding.
- One Of World’s Wealthiest Families Buys Founding Apple Contract For $1.6 Million: But who was the buyer of that contract? Eduardo Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros Corporation. Here’s a quick link to a post from Forbes.
- Apple was founded 44 years ago on April Fools’ Day: Fascinating facts you didn’t know: Two years ago International Business Times wrote this fun article with some lesser-known facts about Apple.