Steve Jobs: Timeline of the Entrepreneur
1976: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple computer with a $250,000 investment from Mike Markkula, an angel investor who cashed in stock options from his tenure at Fairchild Semiconductor. Jobs recalled: "So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.'"