September 2, 1985: According to reports, Steve Jobs is trying to establish itself to compete with Apple. There are rumors after Jobs sold shares held by Apple for $ 21.43 million.
Today's "Apple History of the Day" reminds us that the 1985 high-tech rumor factory was alive, to those who think speculation about Apple's future is an invention of a blog era.
Leave Steve Jobs
The speculation that Mr. Jobs will leave Apple was after deprivation of his duties as a general manager of the Macintosh division.
This move took place as part of CEO John Sculley's company-wide organizational restructuring in the summer. The first Mac was released just after a year and a half, but in general it was a good evaluation, but sales were disappointing.
Everyone, even in 1985, was expecting that Jobs, who was generally well-known thanks to sustained PR tactics, would stay quietly. However, there were relatively few people who expected the 30-year-old Apple co-founder to leave the company completely. The rumor was reported early in September and it became clear that in 2 months Jobs sold 19.7% of Apple's shares.
In July, we sold 850,000 shares for $ 14 million. On August 22, he sold a further 500 thousand shares at 7.43 million dollars. As a trade publication InfoWorld "We are speculating that in the industry Jobs will start a venture soon and invite the current Apple employees to join him in the industry," he said.
Jobs, who had not been informed by the press at the time, held a very important meeting with Nobel Laureate Paul Berg (early September stanford biochemist who will be 60 years old).