Steve Jobs’ 1973 Job Application Goes Under Hammer (Again)

Even giants of the tech world had to start somewhere, evidenced by a job application (below) filled out by the late Apple chief Steve Jobs in 1973 at the tender age of 18.

The one-page document is currently in an auction that closes on Wednesday, July 28, with moneyed fans of the tech giant expected to bid big bucks for the unique artifact.

The position sought by Jobs isn’t shown on the handwritten application in which he lists “electronics tech” and “design engineer” as special abilities and interests, along with “computer” and “calculator” among his experience.

Also, the man that kicked off the smartphone industry 34 years later with the launch of the very first iPhone didn’t even have a phone number at the time, according to the form.

“The Steve Jobs Job Application from 1973 is a unique piece of history from the exact moment that a dreamer changed the world,” says the blurb on the auction page. “It’s a snapshot into the mind of a future genius at a moment where any small deviation from the path ahead would have meant a very different world today.”

Jobs’ application has been auctioned three times before, selling for $18,750 in 2017, $174,757 in 2018, and $222,400 in March 2021.

NFT battle

Shaking things up a little this time around, the current owner of the document, Winthorpe Ventures, has decided to jump on the non-fungible token (NFT) bandwagon and offer it as a physical copy as well as an NFT, a kind of certificate that allows a person to take ownership of something digital. NFTs have gone mainstream in 2021, resulting in some crazy sales. Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, for example, recently sold an NFT representing his first tweet for around $2.5 million.

Winthorpe Ventures says it decided to offer the document in two formats in two separate auctions “to test the appetite for digital assets in contrast with physical equivalents.” It’s also another way for the seller to make a whole lot more money.

At the time of writing, the highest bid for the physical item is $16,000, way more than the NFT bid, which currently stands at just over $1,000.

A year after filling out the job application, Jobs joined Atari where he met Steve Wozniak. The two friends, along with tech businessman Ronald Wayne, founded Apple in 1976 before launching the company’s first successful personal computer, the Apple II, the following year. As you may know, Apple scored some even bigger hits after that …

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Twitch ban hammer now avenges users in the physical world

The video game streaming platform Twitch just fired a warning shot at all would-be harassers of Twitch users both on and offline. They’ve updated the way their “off-service enforcement” policy is written, splitting into two categories. Category one covers someone harassed on Twitch as well as off Twitch. Category two covers serious misconduct that poses a substantial safety risk to the Twitch community “even if these actions occur entirely off Twitch.”

Widening the circle of protection

We may one day look back on this moment as an important point in history. If what Twitch suggests today is true, they’ve just expanded their circle of protection beyond their online borders. Like a physical community, a club, or even an internationally recognized country, Twitch suggests now that they’ll take action against those who would seek to harm any of their people, either online or offline.

This isn’t the start of Twitch taking action against “serious, clear misconduct that took place off-service.” But as Twitch suggested today, they “didn’t have an approach that scaled.”

How Twitch will handle this process

Twitch won’t act as its own police force, nor will it work without necessary involvement of governmental law enforcement. Per a Twitch representative: “For behaviors that take place off Twitch, we must rely more heavily on law enforcement and other services to share relevant evidence before we can move forward.”

Twitch is “bringing on a highly-regarded third party investigative partner” that’ll support their internal team “with these investigations.” The partner is what Twitch calls “an experienced investigations law firm that is dedicated to conducting independent workplace and campus investigations including those related to sexual discrimination or assault.”

Reporting misconduct

To take part in reporting harmful or inappropriate behavior, Twitch has a “Twitch reporting tool” as well as an email address at OSIT (at) Twitch.TV. A list of potential offenses can be found at Twitch now. This list will expand in the future.

Why this matters

This move shows that brands, social networks, and online communities of all sorts can take more responsibility for the people that make their organization work. We’re not quite at the point at which any one online-first group is capable of replacing the physical-first groups we call countries – but maybe someday?

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