Apple: First Ten Employees, Then and Now

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Apple, the world's most valuable tech company in 2011, seems to be connected with one individual Steve Jobs. However, not all Apple fans know about the contribution of Apple’s first ten employees.

 

Mike Markkula was the money man

As the two Steves, Mike Markkula, the former early Intel employee, was extremely important to the success and development of Apple. Markkula initially invested in Apple as much as $250,000 and took 30% of the company. Mike Markkula managed the company, developed plans, hired employees and insisted Steve Wozniak stay with Apple who was being offered a job at HP. Mike Markkula stayed in Apple until 1997 when Steve Jobs came back. At present, he invests in some American universities and donated money to Santa Clara University.


Mike Markkula was the money man

Mike Markkula was the money man

 

Steve Wozniak was the technical expert


Steve Wozniak was almost the very first technical expert of Apple. He was offered a job at HP and considered taking the chance since he thought Apple would break down.

Steve Wozniak was almost the very first technical expert of Apple. He was offered a job at HP and considered taking the chance since he thought Apple would break down.

 

Gary Martin was in charge of accounting

Despite the thought that Apple would crash, Gary Martin still took part in the company and stayed until 1983. He is now a member of the board of Canadian tech company LeoNovus and an investor.

 

Sherry Livingston was the right hand for Apple's first CEO

Sherry Livingston, who was hired by Michael Scott, was the first secretary for Apple. Her current working place is unknown.

 

Chris Espinoza was working at Apple part time in high school


Chris Espinosa was in high school when he started working for Apple. He was given employee number eight and still works for the company today.

Chris Espinosa was in high school when he started working for Apple. He was given employee number eight and still works for the company today.

 

Michael "Scotty" Scott was the original CEO


Scott was brought into Apple as the first CEO who invested $250,000 in the company. He took the number seven as a reference to his favorite man James Bond, 007.

Scott was brought into Apple as the first CEO who invested $250,000 in the company. He took the number seven as a reference to his favorite man James Bond, 007.

 

Randy Wigginton ended up working for multiple important tech companies


Randy Wigginton rewrote the BASIC for Apple II. He worked at such giant technology companies including Google, Chegg, eBay and Square.

Randy Wigginton rewrote the BASIC for Apple II. He worked at such giant technology companies including Google, Chegg, eBay and Square.

 

Rod Holt was super important in the development of the Apple II


Rod Holt was the person who developed the power supply for the Apple II and designed the switching power supply.

Rod Holt was the person who developed the power supply for the Apple II and designed the switching power supply.

 

Bill Fernandez was the first employee after the two Steves

Bill Fernandez was the neighbor of Steve Wozniak and schoolmate of Steve Jobs at Cupertino Junior High School. He is the first employee of Apple after the double Steve. He left the company in 1993 and moved to a database company named Ingres.


Bill Fernandez

Bill Fernandez

 

Steve Jobs was given the number two just to irk him


Michael Scott, who assigned Steve Jobs number 2, explains, “I know I didn't give it to Jobs because I thought that would be too much”

Michael Scott, who assigned Steve Jobs number 2, explains, “I know I didn't give it to Jobs because I thought that would be too much.”

 

Steve Wozniak: One of Apple’s First Ten Employees

 

Related links:

Steve Jobs: Time Magazine October 2011 Cover and Funeral Details

Steve Jobs Death 2011: Most Famous Quotes in His Life

Amazing Figures in Apple’s History

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This article was published on 2011/05/31