This is the text of chairman Jobs’ resignation letter sent to company vice chairman A.C. “Mike” Markkula:
September 17, 1985
l This morning’ s papers carried suggestions that Apple is considering removing me as Chairman. I don’t know the source of these reports but they are both misleading to the public and unfair to me.
You will recall that at last Thursday’s Board meeting I stated I had decided to start a new venture and I tendered my resignation as
The Board declined to accept my resignation and asked me to defer it for a week. I agreed to do so in light of the encouragement the Board offered with regard to the proposed new venture and the indications that Apple would invest in it. On Friday, after I told John Sculley who would be joining me, he confirmed Apple’s willingness to discuss areas of possible collaboration between Apple and my new venture.
Subsequently the Company appears to be adopting a hostile posture toward me and the new venture. Accordingly, I must insist upon the immediate acceptance of my resignation. I would hope that in any public statement it feels it must issue, the company will make it
clear that the decision to resign as Chairman was mine. I find myself both saddened and perplexed by the management’s
conduct in this matter which seems to me contrary to Apple’s best interest. Those interests remain a matter of deep concern to me, both
because of my past association with Apple and the substantial investment I retain in it.
I continue to hope that calmer voices within the Company may yet be heard. Some Company representatives have said they fear I will
use proprietary Apple technology in my new venture. There is no basis for any such concern. If that concern is the real source of Apple’s
hostility to the venture, I can allay it.
As you know, the company’s recent reorganization left me with no work to do and no access even to regular management reports. I am
but 30 and want still to contribute and achieve.
After what we have accomplished together, I would wish our parting to be both amicable and dignified.
Steven P. Jobs