The Wandering Warrior
Despite a momentous launch, the Mac (short for Macintosh) failed to sell well after its initial popularity. Steve's company was less and less happy with his difficult attitude. Finally, Apple's CEO John Sculley (Jobs was a co-founder but had never served as CEO, just chairman of the board) re-organized the company with Jobs in a merely supervisory position. This made Jobs both upset and sad, as Apple had become his entire life.
He left the company, sold most of his Apple stock, and set out on other ventures. Jobs purchased/founded Pixar, a small group of animators who wanted to use computers for their projects. He also founded a company called NeXT, with which he hoped to model on his own ideas of what Apple should have been.
Unfortunately, neither new company prospered under Jobs. Pixar failed to catch the eye of big production companies like Disney and the NeXT Cube, NeXT's first computer, sold poorly. Eventually NeXT had to abandon hardware development and settled in as a specialized software company in a small market.
For the next few years, Jobs spent a lot of time at home with his young family (a son and his wife, whom he married in 1991).
On the next page, we'll discuss Steve Jobs' triumphant return to his beloved Apple.