American computer company founded by Apple founder Steve Jobs

NeXT Inc. was an American computer and software company. It was created after Steve Jobs quit his job at Apple Inc.. It was a failure but it did get him back at Apple and as CEO. The Mac OS x's core was based entirely on the NeXT computer. Apple bought NeXT for $429 million. [2]

FateMerged into Apple
SuccessorApple Inc.
Founded1985; 37 years ago (1985)
FounderSteve Jobs
DefunctFebruary 7, 1997 (1997-02-07)
Key people
Number of employees
540 (1992) (archived)
Footnotes / references

Steve Jobs used $12 million of his own money to make NeXT and it did pay off because he got his job back.[3]


  1. "NeXT Inc. to Drop Hardware 300 losing jobs in strategy shift". San Francisco Chronicle. February 9, 1993.
  2. Morgan, Clancy. "Steve Jobs left Apple to start a new computer company. His $12-million failure saved Apple". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  3. Young, Jeffrey S.; Simon, William L. (2005). iCon: Steve Jobs. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 134. ISBN 0-471-72083-6. Archived from the original on October 23, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.