The Visionary Steve Jobs Dies – He was (just) 56

Apple co-Founder and ex-CEO  Steve Jobs is no more. He died on Oct 5th owing to his continuous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Steve Jobs was one of the biggest legend in Innovation and creating the magic around what was always termed as Geeky Stuff. The 3 biggest things he revolutionized in the industry are:

  1. Launch of Personal Computing in 1977
  2. Making the Digital Music Commodity with iPod Series and iTunes Store
  3. Creating the revolution around mobile phones and Tablets

Jobs was born on Feb 24, 1955 in San Francisco. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, and they moved to Silicon Valley (a.k.a. Santa Clara Valley) in 1960.

So great was this founder that if you visit – you will find the landing page dedicated to him and a special section on remembering Steve

And also on Google’s timeline – you can see a tribute to Steve Jobs

When Jobs learnt that Steve Wozniak had been assembling relatively small computers, he knew that this is the place the market will move pretty soon.So, he struck a partnership with him and soon Apple Computer was founded in 1976 in the garage of their parents in Silicon Valley – A trend which is quite obvious in this part of the world.

The Roles and responsibilities were quite clear Wozniak was the All tech guy and busy with creating the Apple I, while Jobs was pulling up his socks running  sales and distribution. Apple I was not much of a success – they were able to sell only a few hundred of them, but a greater success was seen with the Apple II, which put the company on the map and is truly termed as the creator for a new era – Start of Personal Computing.

Jobs and Wozniak earned a lot through this and they decided to go big by going public in 1980. Jobs shot up to instant fame and was on path to become a celebrity in the Tech Space – maybe the first of its kind.

The came 1984 – the year of Mac. Not only Mac was a pathbreaking innovation – it showed that Apple is here to Stay. However, little did Jobs know that he would be leaving Apple in a short wile. In 1985 Apple CEO John Sculley –  who was convinced by Jobs personally to join Apple CEO using the legendary line, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” – had planned a different future for the company, a future must different from what Jobs had planned. He successfully  removed Jobs from his position leading the Macintosh team, and Apple’s board backed Sculley.

But as it is said – you can kill a Job but not the idea machine esp a cash rich one 😀

Jobs created Pixar in 1986 – an animation studio which delivered the all time hit – Toy Story. Soon, Pixar made Jobs rich again by the IPO and he sold the company to Disney in 2006.

The another landmark was NeXT – a much more advanced OS than what Apple was working on. Co-incidentally, Apple was in a very bad state at that time and needed something to change the face of the company. At this time, Steve Jobs offered the then-CEO Gil Amelio to adopt NeXT as the future OS for Apple.

By 1997, Apple had Jobs back and Jobs had big plans for Apple. Jobs launched his first Key Note with iMac – the presentation skills and the aroma he created during his speech have become legendary and will be admired for many more years to come.

Jobs as always knew that he needed to target the consumers as his base. He drove Apple to become the leading consumer powerhouse and revolutionized the industry by launching products set to change the face of the industry – iPod, iPhone and iPad along with the Mac Series

Little did we know that we won’t be having him to create – revolutionize and transform  the industry.

In 2005, his remarks to Stanford graduates included this line: “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.”

Perhaps, this is one of the best speeches I could have seen – wish i was there to experience it live

The only thing we can think of – Will Apple be the same without Steve Jobs? I sure hope so.

May his Soul rest in peace

A few tributes for Steve Jobs (source: The Telegraph)

Larry Page, CEO of Google:

“He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.”

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder:

“People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself.”

Paul Allan, co-founder of Microsoft:

“We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”

Steve Case, Founder of AOL:

“I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages.”

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