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Apple's first 10 employees


A participant (L) wearing a mask of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and holding a model of an Ipad takes part in a protest against Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products in China, outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong on May 7, 2011.


Antony Dickson

Steve Jobs, of course, embodies Apple — the good, the bad, and the egoistic.

But it wasn't always that way, of course.

Let's take a quick trip back to 1977 Cupertino, California, when baby Apple first came to life.

Business Insider has just published this fascinating look at the first 10 Apple employees.

A young, bearded Steve Jobs was "employee number two," after co-founder Steve Wozniak, Apple's first technical genius.

BASIC programmer Randy Wigginton went on to work for a number of big tech companies, including Google and eBay.

In case you didn't know, Gary Martin was in charge of accounting. And Chris Espinoza joined the company when he was a 14-year-old high school student (he's still at Apple, by the way).

Employee number three, Mike Markkula, made an early investment in Apple worth $250,000. In exchange, he took a 30 percent stake in the young company. He also helped manage baby Apple, developed a business plan, and hired the first CEO.

Who was that first CEO?

Michael Scott, of course. (And, no, that's not what she said).

Now step into the time machine and fast forward to the 2011 version of Apple, which is this week dealing with another PR problem related to its China supplier Foxconn.

Here's the latest on a deadly explosion that killed three workers at Foxconn's Chungdu factory, where the iPad 2 is manufactured.