Today in Apple history: Apple IPO mints instant millionaires

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December 12, 1980, was an incredibly important day for Apple.
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December 12: Today in Apple history: Apple goes public December 12, 1980: Apple goes public, floating 4.6 million shares on the stock market at $22 per share.

In the biggest tech IPO of its day, more than 40 out of 1,000 Apple employees become instant millionaires. As Apple’s biggest shareholder, 25-year-old Steve Jobs ends the day with a net worth of $217 million.

Today in Apple history: The Byte Shop, Apple’s first retailer, opens

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Paul Terrell founded The Byte Shop on his birthday.
Paul Terrell founded The Byte Shop on his birthday.
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December 8: Today in Apple history: Early computer store The Byte Shop, Apple's first retailer, opens December 8, 1975: San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur Paul Terrell opens The Byte Shop, one of the world’s first computer stores and the first to sell an Apple computer.

Years before Apple would open its own retail outlets, the Byte Shop stocks the first 50 Apple-1 computers built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Woz thinks Steve Jobs would be happy with Apple today

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Woz talks Tesla, Tim Cook, and more.
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Steve Wozniak thinks that his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs would be very happy with Apple today. That’s because it’s still a company which puts people above technology, Woz told CNBC.

“Steve always acted that way,” Woz said. “The users should be more important than the technology itself. You should not be a victim of the technology and what it can do. You should get to live your human life in the most human way possible.”

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The App Store racked up 200 million downloads in less than five months.
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Woz fires up a blockchain-powered VC firm

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Woz is ready to put his magic fingers to work at investing.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is ready to hop aboard the blockchain hype train with his latest venture that specializes in blockchain tech.

Equi Global, a venture capital firm powered by blockchain, revealed that Steve Wozniak is one of its co-founders and that the company is looking at 20 companies to invest in before it even launches.

Steve Wozniak’s Woz U coding platform slammed for problems

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Woz U may not live up to the reputation of its namesake.
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Steve Wozniak’s Woz U online coding educational platform has disappointed some students, a new CBS report claims.

The online education company, which offer a 33-week program for $13,200, is criticized for supposed low quality teaching resources. According to CBS, these allegedly range from out-of-date materials to unqualified student mentors.

Today in Apple history: Woz stages an epic concert

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The Us Festival was Woz's first venture outside Apple.
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September 3: Today in Apple history: Steve Wozniak stages athe first US Festival, an epic music and tech event September 3, 1982: The Us Festival, an extravagant music and technology event staged by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, kicks off in California. The fest costs $8 million to stage, and boasts appearances from some of the biggest musical acts of the day.

It’s a wild venture for Woz, who is on hiatus from Apple after surviving a serious plane crash in 1981.

Today in Apple history: Unique Apple-1 computer sells for big money

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Steve Wozniak shows off a "Celebration" model Apple-1, the rarest version of Apple's rarest computer.
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August 25: Today in Apple history: Rare Celebration Apple-1 computer sells for big money August 25, 2016: An ultra-rare Apple-1 computer raises $815,000 in a charity auction, one of the highest prices ever paid for one of the machines. Bidding actually reaches $1.2 million in the auction’s final minutes. However, that bid gets pulled seconds before a winner is announced.

The reason for the super-high price? This “Celebration” Apple-1 boasts a feature that did not appear on any production models of the computer.

Apple HR couldn’t care less if you have a college degree

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You can get hired at Apple even without a fancy piece of paper telling people you got a lot of book learning.
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The traditional life plan includes four years of college then a good job. But not everyone takes this path, and sometimes the lack of a college degree keeps some people from getting a job they are otherwise qualified for. But not at Apple.

Following a non-traditional career path is no problem getting hired at Apple. And that goes for positions beyond working at its retail stores.

Woz wades into murky cryptocurrency waters

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a growing fascination with cryptocurrency.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a growing fascination with cryptocurrency.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has lived the risk-to-riches story. He built computers in a garage with a good partner and we all know how that turned out.

But red flags are waving as the Woz takes an interest in cryptocurrency. He’s reportedly hitching his wagon to partners with a dubious track record.