There was a comic today, but I couldn’t bring myself to post something so light on such a dark day. I may bash Apple from time to time, but I have deep respect for Steve Jobs.
As an budding entrepreneur, I feel we’ve lost one of the greatest business leaders of our time. What an amazing story Jobs left behind. A story of triumph, defeat, and finally immortality.
If the world had a few more Steve Jobs, we would have wealth for all to share. The company he created allowed many small businesses to grow and prosper.
Not only did he manage to make Apple the most valuable company in the world. He also managed to create a stream of wealth for the entire world.
The iPod: A simple device, yet it opened the flood gate to many budding industries, such as mp3 accessories, cases, screen protectors, custom headphones etc. This device even affected the way we buy other items such as cars to monitors. They all needed to connect with the iPod.
iTunes Ecosystem: This was genius again, creating a platform for the creative people of the world to share their goods with the masses. I could imagine that Apple has made more millionaires than anything else in existence. iTunes fostered a culture of buying art. Be it music, videos, or software, people came to consume the plentiful bounty of our imaginations. The app store saved mobile computing, in fact it saved software development. It showed that we who write software could be the rockstars, with just luck and talent. That we as developers could make it on our own without a 9 to 5.
iPhone Mobile Family: The $35 tablet was made possible by Jobs. He showed that consumers could enjoy electronics at any size. He brought about the worlds need for a portable handheld computer. This in turn drove the price down for hardware. With this new wealth of technology, we can now all afford to share knowledge. If Apple didn’t show the industry it could make money selling handheld computers, we would be getting excited about Nokia, not Siri. Mobile web developers such as myself need to thank Jobs too.
Passion for technology: Jobs was a passionate man. A friend once told me that passion is infectious, and that if you were lacking it, you need to find someone to infect you. Jobs was one infectious guy. EVERY Apple announcement I’ve watched got me excited about technology. Everything was truly magical through his eyes, and it’s something you can’t fake. He was really sincere and believed in the products he was bringing to the world. If the world were full of passionate people like Jobs, prisons would be empty and lawyers would be out of business. I can hope that his memory will keep us passionate about what we choose to do in life.
Getting up after falling down: Jobs was kicked out of being CEO of Apple. I remember reading an article about how Jobs felt he had let the entrepreneurial community down. How he had drop the ball and let someone else take over his company. But this event, was what made the Steve Jobs story so magnificent. Despite this major setback, he got back up. Shortly after creating incalculable joy to millions with the help of Pixar (via toy story and other 3D films). He would return to bring Apple out of the gutter, and create so many other streams of wealth. He is the Lance Armstrong of technology, against all odds he comes back and wins the race.
With these great feats, Jobs will live on forever in history. Congratulations on immortality Steve, you have earned it. Good night.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”