My initial thought was not to join in the masses producing blog posts about Steve Jobs death, but its my blog and I’ll do what I want. I want to remember the classy ways Jobs is being remembered. As a creator, an inventor, a college drop-out, an icon, a geek and as the face of a company that has changed the world.
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Even the President of the United States commented on his death:
“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” — Barack Obama
That quote is the reason why I decided to write this post. Because at the end of the day, Steve Jobs was a misfit nerd who gained notoreity through his work. And while we recognize all the contributions to computers and technology Jobs made, we overlook the hard work of others in hard sciences who are making leaps and strides in curing previously incurable diseases. Someone pointed out that Ralph Steinman died last week. Steinman’s discoveries about the immune system paved the way for cancer research that may have played a part in extending the lives of people like Steve Jobs, yet his death went unnoticed. I hope Jobs’ death serves in part as a reminder to not take what we have for granted and recognize all of the so-called nerds that have made massive contributions to our lives in the fields that sometimes go unrecognized.
Rumour has it that Apple is 4-5 years ahead in plans and devices that have Jobs’ touch. While it may not be the end of Apple, it is certainly the end of a meme and it will be interesting to see how the loss of Jobs effects Apple in the years to come.
I read in a post by Alan Cross that Apple has registered over 313 patents with Jobs listed as a major contributor/inventor. As someone who currently works in intellectual property, this dispels any personal notions of Steve Jobs merely being the face of the company and not as a hands-on innovator.
Apple has always set the precedent in developing intuitive devices that perform tasks the consumer would never have thought to ask for. They have truly set the bar in choosing a truly charismatic leader and story-teller to lead their brand.
Thank you, Steve Jobs.