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Fresh back from India, Steve Jobs was full of optimism and the desire to do something great with his life.
He never found the spiritual enlightenment he went searching for, yet he did become aware of Buddhism and experimented with psychedelic drugs on his travels.
“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.” — Steve Jobs.
Soon after returning his friend Steve Wozniak had designed and built a computer that became known as the Apple I. Wozniak showed Jobs and he recommended that they sell it.
In an interview Steve Jobs says that they originally invented the Apple 1 as a way of building computers for their friends, yet seeing sales pick up decided to form a company. They named it Apple in loving memory of Steve Jobs’ spent time at an apple farm and commune in Oregon.
The Apple I was never a big success but when they launched the Apple II it really took off and grew the company to a quarter billion valuation.
Jobs then set about building what he envisioned to be the next level of personal computing.
Having “borrowed” some ideas from Xerox he used the idea of introducing a computer mouse. Effectively ushering in the new wave of computers.