Perhaps the greatest man of our time has died today, Steve Jobs. So many kind things were being said on Twitter…I thought I would ask people how Steve Jobs had changed the lives of those in this industry. Here are some answers:
Aside from the obvious, (I write this on an Apple MacBook Pro as my Apple iPhone buzzes) Steve Jobs definitely impacted my life. He was a visionary that taught me that attention to detail can make or beak a product, and that every touch point of the consumer should be unexpected and awe-inspiring. Steve helped evolve marketing and product design as a whole, and with it my own thinking.
I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t own a Mac, an iPad, or an iPhone, and I rarely get downloads from iTunes. Yet Steve Jobs changed my life when I recognized how much of a visionary he was, and how, against all odds, he held true to his vision. In that moment, he became a beacon to me – one of the few larger than life people in this world who took the gifts God bestowed uniquely on him, and breathed those gifts out into the world. And as a result, changed the lives of millions. May he finally rest in peace. And may his family find comfort in this difficult time.
I worked at Apple from 1987 through 1994, arriving just after his ouster by the board. My employees had a balanced view of Jobs – genius, madman, mercurial, inspirational. I had the opportunity to work with and get to know Jobs’ successor, John Sculley, and always felt that history had short-changed Sculley – the year before Sculley joined, annual revenues were $750 million; the year he left, revenues peaked at $8 billion, sliding to a low of $2 billion during the ensuing period marked by “bozo CEOs.”
Having said that, there’s no denying Jobs succeeded at creating, sustaining and then reviving one of the most innovative, fun, world-changing businesses in human history. I owe him a debt of gratitude – I’ve tried to create and manage companies that mirror the best of the philosophy and creativity he espoused.
Steve’s legacy taught me about competition and why it’s important to keep your mouth shut. He inspired me to strive for simplicity and showed me what real innovation is. He encouraged me to fight for what I want in a product, and if I can’t get it or don’t like it, to start over. Even though I never knew him personally, he has left an indelible imprint on how I approach many aspects of my life and business. I will truly miss him.
My Steve Jobs takeaways are pretty simple: Passion is mandatory. Mediocrity is unacceptable.
Steve Jobs has touched my life in a very deeply personal way. Much of the way I work, play, and communicate is facilitated by either an iPhone, iPad, or iMac. The people I love and care about most are never more than the light touch of a screen away.
Michelle Stinson Ross
Steve Jobs was always an inspiration to me because of his entrepreneurial journey and focus on design. I realized how important simplicity and design was to a business, while working at PayPal. Every so often I would listen to his Stanford speech as a reminder of not only how great an inspirational leader he was, but like those at Apple say, a great human being. , He was truly an icon of our time, a visionary, and a leader that inspired a generation of technologists and entrepreneurs.
He was a visionary. He shared his vision. He moved himself, others, me, and future generations forward. What Ford did to automotive, Steve did to computers and technology. His technology rests in my hands everyday.
Thomas Ballantyne III
He defined entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, inspiration and suave for our generation.
Steve Jobs’ inventions brought mobility to my life. WebmasterRadio.fm talk shows help me stay on top of Search while bike riding thanks to iTunes. I can handle client needs while traveling thanks to the iPhone and iPad. Bottom line, the world is more “tactile” as we touch and swipe thanks to Steve Jobs!
I never understood the thrill of Apple until I received the iPhone when it first came out. Instant love and adoration for this simple thing that improved my life. It made me a convert to the Apple way of life. Thank you Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs was one of my first gaming experiences. I will never forget The Oregon Trail with broken arms, bouts of cholera, and that one time the thieves stole all of my clothes. Although I turned PC from college onward, I changed my ways. In my grown-up life, the iPhone 3GS, which I was initially fiercely against, became my new love. My Words with Friends and Plants vs Zombies addictions are just a few examples of how Apple stealthily entered my life, and I will never be the same.