Steve job's death on October 5, 2011, was mourned worldwide.
Steve jobs, the
innovator, inventor and visionary, changed the world just as Thomas Edison did.
for previous generations. He invented something we didn't know we needed and now
we can't do without it. His hard work and dedication made a difference in the
Billions of people in the future will no doubt benefit from his inventions,
some of which have yet to be seen. Jobs changed how we listened to music,
communicate, consume and create, inventing the personal computer, the iPod, the
iPhone, and the Wad, to list four of the 338 things he patented before dying at
age 56 from cancer complications.
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011) was an
American business magnate and inventor. His
numerous awards and acknowledgements by influential mass media and iconic fellow
players and practitioners bore testimony to his talents and recognition from the
industry itself and the adoring public.
In the late 1970s, jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula,
and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially
successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series.
To Jobs, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Apple
make money by innovation. It requires a lot of disciplines to turn really
interesting ideas and fledgling technologies
into a company that can continue to innovate for years." Disciplines got jobs
where he was - he started building kits in a garage!
His innovations were not only functional but entertaining: "We're having fun.
Our customers really like our products. We're always trying to do better. I want
to put a ding in the universe."
In the early 1980s, jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential
of the mouse-driven graphical user interface which led to the creation of the
In 1984, jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT. Apple's subsequent 1996
buyout of NeXT brought jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he served as
its CEO from 1997 until his second leave of absence in 2011, before his demise.
Jobs emphasized the importance of design and understood the crucial role
aesthetics play in public appeal. The development of his products that are both
functional and elegant earned him a devoted following. "Design is not just what
it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
While jobs was a persuasive and charismatic director for Apple, some
employees had described him as an erratic and temperamental manager. Jobs was
both admired and criticised for his consummate skill at persuasion and
salesmanship. Much has been made of jobs' aggressive and demanding personality.
Fortune wrote that he "was considered one of Silicon Valley's leading
Jobs had his individualistic approach to management, business and work. "A
lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for
them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great
products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets."
Jobs had this to say of his management style. "My model for business is The
Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other's negative tendencies in
check; they balanced each other. The total was greater than the sum of the
parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a
team of people. The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind
the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of
the organisation and keep it at bay."
Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of California. Jobs' biological
parents, Abdulfattah Jandali, and Joanne Simpson (graduate students) later
married, giving birth to and raising jobs' biological sister, the novelist Mona
Jobs married Laurene Powell, on March 18, 1991. The couple have a son, Reed
Paul jobs, and two other children. Jobs also has a daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs
(born 1978), from his relationship with Bay Area painter Chrisann Brennan.
He usually wore a black long-sleeved mock turtleneck made by St. Croix,
Levi's 501 blue jeans, and New Balance 991 sneakers. His car choice was a silver
2006 Mercedes SL 55 AMG, which had no licence plates.
He saw Apple as "a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an
environment where excellence is expected."
Apple Co-founder and CEO Steve jobs leaves behind an indelible legacy that
will forever remain in the world's imagination.