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Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak Found Apple Computer

4/1/1976 to 12/13/2011
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs; photo taken circa 1976.

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs; photo taken circa 1976.

On April 1, 1976 Steve JobsSteve "The Woz" Wozniak and Ronald G. Wayne signed the contract founding Apple Computer, then designated as Apple Computer Company.

Only 12 days later, on April 12, 1976, Wayne relinquished his 10% stake in the company for $800.

In an interview done in the mid-1980s Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recalled how they named their upstart computer company some 35 years ago.

" 'I remember driving down Highway 85,' Wozniak says. 'We're on the freeway, and Steve mentions, 'I've got a name: Apple Computer.' We kept thinking of other alternatives to that name, and we couldn't think of anything better.'

"Adds Jobs: 'And also remember that I worked at Atari, and it got us ahead of Atari in the phonebook.' " (, accessed 12-30-2011).

In November 1997 Stanford University received as a donation the historical archives for the early history of Apple Computer.

♦ On December 13, 2011 Sotheby's sold as lot 244 in their Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in New York Wayne's copy of the original Apple contract document for $1,594,500, including buyer's premium, to Cisneros Corporation CEO Eduardo Cisneros. This was the highest price paid to date for any document or artifact related to the history of computing.

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