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Steve Jobs Asked One Profound Question That Took Apple From Near Bankruptcy To $1 Trillion

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It’s easy to forget that Apple’s path to it's $1 trillion valuations was nearly derailed when the company was running out of cash. Steve Jobs asked one profound question that got it back on track.
Jobs had returned to Apple about eight weeks earlier (he had been fired in 1985). Apple had 90 days of cash left in the bank. The future looked bleak and few people gave it a chance to survive, let alone go on to become America’s first publicly-traded company to hit $1 trillion in market value.
Jobs dressed in his trademark black turtleneck, but wearing shorts instead of blue jeans. He’s delivering an intense and passionate message to a small group of employees. The passion he showed and the question he raised would inspire his team to dig their way out of the hole.

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