25 May 2024
The lives of Apple's first 10 employees 1

The lives of Apple's first 10 employees 1

Chris Espinosa joined Apple when he was 14 years old and still works here. Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, and Steve Wozniak is still a familiar face in Silicon Valley.

1. Steve Wozniak – co-founder

Wozniak (right) almost didn’t join Apple when it was founded in 1976. He received an offer from HP and considered accepting it.

2. Steve Jobs – co-founder

The lives of Apple's first 10 employees

Jobs (right) was kicked out of Apple, founded a new company called NeXT, then returned and brought Apple back to its peak.

3. Mike Markkula – investor

The lives of Apple's first 10 employees

Markkula (right) is the person who poured $250,000 into Apple to get 30% of the company’s shares.

Markkula previously worked for Intel and became a millionaire at age 30 when the company IPO.

4. Bill Fernandez – the first employee after 2 Steves

The lives of Apple's first 10 employees

Bill Fernandez first met Steve Jobs at Cupertino High School.

When Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple, they hired Fernandez first.

5. Rod Holt – extremely important person with the development of Apple II

The lives of Apple's first 10 employees

Holt is a pretty good engineer and was hesitant to join Apple in the early days.

6. Randy Wigginton – rewrote the BASIC programming language

The lives of Apple's first 10 employees

Wigginton’s main job was to rewrite BASIC to be compatible with the Apple II computer.

7. Michael `Scotty` Scott – Apple’s first CEO

Scott joked that he chose the number 7 because it reminded him of Agent 007. Scotty is the person who sets the numbers for employees and manages the company’s operations.

8. Chris Espinosa – worked for Apple since he was 14 years old

Chris Espinosa joined Apple when he was 14 years old.

On his personal blog, Espinosa said he is employee number 8 of the company.

9. Sherry Livingston – right-hand woman for Apple’s first CEO

Livingston was Apple’s first secretary.

10. Gary Martin – accountant

Martin thought it was unlikely Apple would succeed, but still joined the company.

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