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September 16: Steve Jobs quits… and becomes CEO

The title of this week’s Throwback Tech Thursday may read as being somewhat misleading. However, trust me when I say it wasn’t designed to be clickbait. You see, it is true, Steve Jobs quits and becomes CEO on September 16.

September 16, 1985 – Steve Jobs quits

Confused yet? Don’t be. This is not a big conundrum. On September 16, 1985, Steve Jobs quits Apple after losing control of the company. Jobs had had enough when his boardroom control was lost to the then CEO, John Sculley.

Sculley, according to, was a genius in lifestyle advertising when he was with Pepsi-Cola. Both he and Jobs ran Apple as co-CEOs. However, the pair had differences that they couldn’t resolve. So, they brought their disagreements to the board, where they eventually sided with Sculley. Jobs reaction? Well, he quit.

So, that explains September 16, 1985, when Steve Jobs quit Apple. But what about him becoming CEO? Well, 12 years later, on September 16, 1997, Steve Jobs was named as Interim CEO of Apple.

September 16, 1997 – Steve Jobs becomes CEO

How did that happen? The story goes that Jobs set up a new company the day he left Apple – NeXT. The company was not a huge success, but it did manage to create an excellent operating system, NeXTStep. Apple bought the company from Jobs in December 1996. Steve Jobs then became an advisor to the Apple CEO Gil Amelio. Unfortunately for Gil, a few months later Apple suffered massive losses. On September 16, 1997, Apple announced Steve Jobs as the CEO of the company.

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