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Lot #193
Steve Jobs NeXT Business Card

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Scarce circa early 1990s NeXT Computer, Inc. business card of Steve Jobs, 3.5 x 2, listing him as "Steve Jobs, Chairman and CEO." The off-white card boasts NeXT's iconic logo designed by Paul Rand, and gives the address of the company's headquarters as "900 Chesapeake Drive, Redwood City, CA 94063." The reverse is imprinted in Japanese with the same information. In very fine condition.

Having been ousted from Apple in the fall of 1985, Jobs founded the innovative NeXT project, a computer and software company aimed at the markets of business and higher education. The first NeXT Computer was introduced in 1988 with great fanfare thanks to Jobs's marketing strategy. At NeXT, Jobs helped to develop a pioneering 'fingerless' automated manufacturing line right in Silicon Valley. He believed that keeping the design, development, and manufacturing in close proximity—all in a single plant, rather than outsourced overseas—would help NeXT out-innovate its competitors by allowing continuous improvement of their products.

The 900 Chesapeake Drive represents NeXT Computer's second official address, having moved there in 1989. The expensive office space featured an open floor plan with a 'floating' wood-and-steel staircase designed by famous architect I. M. Pei, and luxurious amenities such as $5,000 chairs, $10,000 sofas, and Ansel Adams prints on the walls.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Major Figures of Science and Technology
  • Dates: #665 - Ended May 10, 2023