RIP Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs was a MAJOR reason why I fell in love with technology, and ultimately became a technology professional. It is hard to forget the first time I used a Mac, an iPod, an iPhone, an iPad.
I’ve seen lots of articles tonight comparing him to Henry Ford or Thomas Edison, and I don’t think this is a stretch at all. I don’t think there has been another individual in technology/business in the last 25 years who is even worth comparing to the overall genius and excellence of Steve Jobs. There have been many CEOs and industry leaders who have excelled in one or two areas, but how many have excelled as an inventor, designer, innovator, manager, marketer, etc. His name is attached to over 330 patents with Apple. He took a company on the brink of bankruptcy in 1996 to become the most valuable company in the US at the time of his death. He revolutionized not one industry, but at least 3 that I can think of (Computers, Phones / Mobile, Music). He is the most compelling product pitchman I have ever watched or listened to. In a word…Amazing.
He will be missed.