This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots. Continue reading
One summer I thought I had the ultimate dream job. During the day I created software that accessed some of the world’s largest financial databases and provided traders with real-time data and analysis for trade ideas. At night I worked with the CTO on a side project that analyzed huge amounts of transaction data to identify arbitrage opportunities. We figured that if we could start finding enough of these opportunities, we could present them as trade ideas to the bosses. So we wrote scripts, and at night, after everyone else left the office, we installed them on their computers and ran the scripts in parallel to try and crunch through the massive amount of data we had access to. This was fun. Really fun. And even better, the CTO was an awesome guy who taught me a lot about programming.