Steve Jobs died today.
I went to the Apple home page, and all that was on it was the above black and white photo of him.
The most appropriate thing I could do was download some songs from the iTunes Store, and make a mix about him on 8Tracks.com:
If you want his full life story, you can find it here:
Apple said in a press release that it was “deeply saddened” to announce that Mr. Jobs had passed away on Wednesday.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” the company said. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
Master Technologist of Planet Earth
That is how I think of Steve Jobs. Yes, I do agree that the world is immeasurably better because of his vision, drive and brilliance. He truly had a significant impact on global human society by changing the way people communicate and express themselves.
I call him a Master Technologist, because what I think he was really good at was being able to see how a piece of technology would need to work/function; in order to allow modern human beings to quickly and easily apply the technology to their lives.
There were Personal Computers before the AppleIIc and Mac came along, but Apple Computers were much easier to get up and running, and apply to everyday life.
There were MP3 players before the iPod, but it was the easiest to use, look the best and was intuitive.
Cell phones had been around decades before the iPhone came out, but it was the iPhone that really gave people a small media computer that fit in your hand and could make phone calls.
It is not often that a person comes along, who is able to build a global company that produces products that change human society. Steve Jobs really lead Apple, and used the company to make his vision about products become a reality.
Even though Steve Jobs stepped down from the chief executive role in late August this year, saying he could no longer fulfill his duties, and became chairman of Apple – we all knew the end was near for him.
He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009, and most people who get that awful disease usually live less then a year. His money and fame helped him get the treatment he needed to give him an extra 7 years of life, still we all new the end would come.
He left his wife Laurene Jobs, who he married in 1990 – and his son Reed Jobs, daughters Erin and Eve and his daughter Lisa from another marriage – most of his money.
This is due to the fact that according to Giving USA Foundation (http://www.aafrc.org/), a philanthropy research group which publishes an annual charity survey, said Jobs does not appear on lists of gifts of $5 million or more over the last four years. Nor is his name on a list of gifts of $1 million or more compiled by Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy.
According to Forbes last year, Steve Jobs was the 136th richest man in the world, with 5.5 billion to his name. He refused to join the lineup of nearly 70 U.S. billionaires who have pledged to give away at least half their fortunes during life or at death. Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz are among those who have joined the philanthropic campaign led by Berkshire Hathaway‘s Warren Buffett and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
For Steve jobs, giving to society was done by giving his life to his family and Apple. In 2005, he said in an interview: “That was one of the things that came out most clearly from this whole experience [with cancer]. I realized that I love my life. I really do. I’ve got the greatest family in the world, and I’ve got my work. And that’s pretty much all I do. I don’t socialize much or go to conferences. I love my family, and I love running Apple, and I love Pixar. And I get to do that. I’m very lucky.”
Steve Jobs put his energy into massively improving quality of life with all of his inventions. People think that entrepreneurs have to some day “give back” with chairitable contributions, but this is not always the case. Steve Jobs gave at the office. Look at the entire ipod/Mac/iphone/Disney ecosystem and ask how many lives have benefited directly (because they’ve been hired) or indirectly (because they use the products to improve their quality of life). As far as I know, Jobs has never commented about his thoughts on charity. Of course, Jobs and his wife may have given enormous sums of money to charity anonymously.
History will judge us all, but no matter what you think of Steve Jobs the man, there is no doubt that Steve Jobs the Master Technologist of Planet Earth will be remembered and celebrated for a long time to come.
Steven P. Jobs, a man who gave to global human society, and changed all our lives.