Today marks the 44th anniversary of when Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne signed a contract, founding Apple Computer Company.
On April 1st, 1976, Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne founded Apple in Los Altos, California. The trio set out to sell the Apple I, which Wozniak built. Little did they know the impact the company would have on the tech industry in the decades to follow.
Ronald Wayne eventually backed out twelve days later and was given $800 for his shares. Jobs and Wozniak went on to first show the Apple I at the Public Homebrew Computer Club. In July of 1976, the Apple I went on sale for a price of $666.66. In 1977, Apple became a fully incorporated business. This was also the year Wozniak built the Apple II.
Wozniak eventually left the company in 1985. Jobs, who lead the company moving forward went on to launch many iconic products that have evolved over the years. Jobs introduced the iMac G3, the MacBook, iPod, and revolutionized what tablets could be with the iPad.
In 2011, Jobs passed away. Tim Cook ultimately took over the role of CEO and hoped to continue to uphold Jobs’ legacy over the following decade. Since Cook’s time in leadership, the company has developed and launched the Apple Watch, HomeKit, and AirPods.
Its likely Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne knew they were onto something special back in the days of tinkering in the garage of Job’s parent’s house. However, the trio could not have known the impact Apple Computer Company would have as they signed the founding contract.