Wednesday’s news of Steve Jobs passing really hit home here at DS. We’re all a bit shocked and in awe to witness the loss of such an inspiration.
As I slowly type this message on the sleek minimal numeric keyboard that he was a driving force in helping to create, the letters appear on my screen in Helvetica, one typeface of many that Steve brought to his operating system inspired by a calligraphy class. Every single detail accounted for without compromise. To challenge the norm is the path of most resistance, but the fruits of Steve’s labor of love will forever be instilled in our minds and inspire the inventors of tomorrow to hopefully challenge what ‘amazing’ really means.
Perhaps too fittingly, I learned of his death on an iPhone, the same device that changed the way cell phones would be used by anyone on a global scale.
Entrepreneurs everywhere have lost a mentor, and while a number of us like myself were never fortunate to have said they came to know him personally, we can’t help but feel like we lost a big brother. From what I understand many of those who worked with Steve closely or got to interact with him would call him aggressive, a tyrant or a maniac searching for even the slightest of flaws and hammering them into the ground like a sledgehammer. That level of conviction and drive isn’t something that can be taught, no Ivy League school has a class to reenact it.
Putting your entire self into creating something is often lonely, and met with adversity from those around you. Old friends become harder to keep and loved ones can grow frustrated as you charge forward hoping to “put a ding in the universe” as Steve said himself.
Remembering a few of his Inventions:
- The Apple 2, 1976: the first mass-produced Apple computer.
- Lisa/Lisa 2, 1983: A powerful personal computer series targeted towards business users.
- Macintosh, 1984: Lovingly nicknamed the Mac, it included a word processor that worked as a graphics program
- NeXT Computer, 1991: Built after Jobs was forced out of Apple, this computer catered to students and universities.
- Pixar & The release of Toy Story, 1995: The first widely successful completely 3d animated movie.
- Apple iMac, 1998: All-in-one personal desktop computer that was the first with a USB port and now serves as one of Apple’s best-selling products.
- Apple iBook, 1999: The clam-shaped consumer friendly lower end laptop computer.
- The iPod, 2001: The next generation in personal music (mp3) players. See a full ipod timeline represented as an infographic
- iTunes Music Store, 2003: A new realm in how music is bought and sold.
- iPod Mini, 2004: Widely popular iPod device that was smaller than the original iPod and marked by bright color options.
- The Macbook, 2006: Proved Apple to be as competent with laptops as it was with desktop computers.
- The iPhone, 2007: Brought music and smartphone capabilities into one sleek device.
- Macbook Air 2008: The world’s thinnest laptop at the time.
- The iPad, 2010: Innovation tablet that set the standard for the tablet industry that developed.
- iPhone 4S, October 2011: Complete with a better camera, longer battery life and voice-controlled personal assistant, the iPhone 4S stands as an example that Apple is as innovative as ever.
The world needs more inventors like Steve who will risk even compromising themselves to change the world we know of. Thank you for giving yourself to us Steve.
The world won’t be able to ever forget you.
Peter Sena II