In 1973 Handwritten Job Application of Steve Jobs Is Being Sold as an NFT


There comes a stage when everybody needs a job, and Steve Jobs also did the same before establishing Apple company. 

Steve Jobs's 1973 job application, that he wrote three years before co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak, is up for auction again. But this time, there's something different and unique about it — it's the “world's first physical vs NFT auction.” Those interested can place their bets either on the physical version or its non-fungible token (NFT) variant. Those behind the process also want others to know the value attached to the two different formats. “Which do we value more, The Physical or The Digital?” the auctioneers said in a note published on the website where the auction is currently underway.

What is NFTs, or nonfungible tokens? These are assets that delegate ownership of a virtual item like a picture, tweet or video, typically paid for in ethereum cryptocurrency. The asset can only be held by one person at a time, and ownership is recorded on a digital ledger that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Steve Jobs wrote one page job application after he dropped out of Reed College in Portland, US. On his application, he expressed interest in electronics, tech or design engineer positions. It is not mentioned anywhere in the paper for which company or employer he wrote it application. You can see that he had listed computer and calculator experience in skill set. 

This is not the first time this application bring out for auction, this is the third time that the application has been put on auction in the last four years. Before this, the most recent occurrence was in March 2021, when it was reportedly sold for GBP 162,000. A report by CNET states that the two other instances when the job application was auctioned was for $18,750 in 2017.
 The organisers of the auction say that they have, for the first time, put the proponents of the physical and digital world side by side and in a way against each other to understand what carries more value in the eyes of people as we look towards the future.

“This isn't just a Steve Jobs NFT — unique, historic and wonderful as it is,” they said, adding that it was a broader question to the market — which direction are we, as an ever-digitalised society, heading. Furthermore, they said that the auction also marked a change in psychology: “This is not Beeple vs Picasso, that is a question of taste — and is ultimately subjective. This is Steve Jobs vs Steve Jobs.”
The organisers say that a percentage of final profits will go to two charities — Cancer Research Institute and One Laptop Per Child.


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