So many things can be said of Steve Jobs, but my favourite quote is from his Stanford commencement speech on 2005, where he knew he was mortal.
“Stay hungry, Stay Foolish”.
College drop-out, Silicon Valley icon, he maybe the only person that embodied the “dream”, of beginning a company in the garage of your house, with your best friend, Steve Wozniak, and in the course of 10 years or so, make it one of the most profitable companies on the planet.
Wozniak was the engineering genius, Jobs was the sales rep as Woz put it in his autobiography “Woz”. At 30, he was kicked out of his own company, Apple, only to start other companies, Pixar, which revolutionized computer animation, and Next. When Apple bought Next, and Steve was back; Next had the foundation of iOS, which is the same operating system from an iPod, iPhone to iBooks, iMacs, and X-Servers.
Everyone else in the industry, is playing catch-up with Apple; many companies wait until Apple releases a product, to try to catch-up with them. As Tim Cook, Apple CEO, put it on the launch of the iPhone 4S, just two days ago, “Consumers don’t want tablets, they want iPads”.
Many analysts today are comparing Steve Jobs with Edison and Ford. I would add to the list Dali and Picasso. Not only the products are technically brilliant, and consumer appealing, but they have design, beautiful industrial design, where function meets form.
If not already, MOMA should put an iPod Classic besides the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife and the Movado Watches.
Farewell Steve, you will be missed.