Steve Jobs' 1973 job application surfaces at online auction; current bid is $50K

Steve Jobs' 1973 job application surfaces at online auction; current bid is $50K
The amazing thing about history is that you can see what subsequently happened. Take an auction that is currently being held online by a company called RR Auction. Bidding ends on March 15th and one of the items up for grabs is a 1973 job application from Steve Jobs. The current high bid is $50,000. The document is written out in hand and the 18-year old Jobs lists Reed College as his address. His major is English Lit., according to the document. Ironically, in light of future events, he doesn't have a phone.

Jobs goes on to state on the application that he has a driver's license, but access to transportation is "possible but not probable." He checked off computer and calculator for his "skills," pointing out that his expertise with these products is in design and technology. Under special abilities he wrote "electronics tech or design engineer," and his special interests included "digital." He also wrote something about his previous work experience at Hewlett Packard.

What is historically fascinating about this document is that just three years later, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple Computer. In 1980, only seven years after he filled out this application, he was a multi-millionaire as Apple Computer went public at $2.75 a share. By 1981, the company grossed $1 billion and the PC market was made up of Apple and IBM.

A bit under 34 years after Steve Jobs filled out this form, he stood up on stage at MacWorld and introduced the Apple iPhone in January 2007. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world, valued at nearly $900 billion.

While it isn't clear what job Jobs was applying for, both he and Wozniak ended up working at video game maker Atari in 1974. You can own this piece of tech history if you have more than $50,000 to spend on it.

source: RRAuction via BGR



1. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I'll guess... It will go beyond 150k.

6. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

Better invest in bitcoins when it dips, and sell when in surges. Over and over again

25. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

The fact that you think Bitcoin is still a good investment over other alt coins proves you don't know anything about investments.

27. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Bitcoin is more gambling than investment

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'd rather buy a Ferrari than this old, rotten piece of paper... Or perhaps a small fleet of motorcycles consisting of Ducatis, MV Agustas, KTMs, Triumphs and Moto Guzzis... Perhaps even a Kawasaki (Z900RS Cafe to be precise. Too beautiful to be Japanese)! That makes sense cause I'm notorious for being too unsentimental! Oh well, G'Day!

3. gamehead unregistered

RIP to jobs, but God. Some people treated him like a god

4. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

you have iBoys, and then iGod

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Jobs, jobs didn’t have a job.

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wasn’t a god, but you can’t deny, Samsung, Google and specially Android wouldn’t be what it is with out Jobs.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I really doubt it. They would still have been here where they are, just a little different.

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hah, no. Android was meant to be software for cameras before iOS came

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Development for mobile purpose started much earlier...before the first iPhone launched. It was to rival Symbian and windows mobile not iOS.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not even the tiniest bit true. Not only are they working on it for a phone when the iPhone was announced, they had a version for 100% touchscreen input by that time. But please continue to try and sell that lie if you like.

26. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

You still would have had screens with resistive touch if it wasn't for Jobs, and laggy software.

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This shows you how much money people are just dying to get rid off.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's like the declerance of independence for Apple fanatics.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

How is this news?

22. whatev

Posts: 2315; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

How are you still clicking?

10. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

50k for a old paper? thats why trump is the president

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Phone: none" the irony :-/

17. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Good eye. I think back then Landline phones were expensive so not all people had phones in there homes especially unemployments.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

English lit major looking for an electronics design job.

21. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

then people will sell his last Tweet. Last Email and last contract sign. and finally, his last conpany

23. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

A piece of nothing getting valued at $50k. That's some extremely hyped up paper if you ask me.

24. Cyberchum

Posts: 1087; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Just wow!!! When there are hungry stomachs and mouths in need of food, a piece of brown paper with old ink is going for upwards of $50K. Humanity amazes me!!! . I know whoever is gonna win the bid probably earned the money, and should not be dictated how to spend it. But I just wish more logic and consideration should be applied. . I mean, this is not some material need, this is a one leaf of old writing, and I don't think it matters who wrote it!

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