The world has lost one of the greatest innovators in human history today. Steve Jobs, the 56-year old co-founder of Apple Computers finally succumbed to his long fight with pancreatic cancer. Jobs was extremely involved in the company’s many innovations, and is responsible for turning Apple into the most highly valued corporation in the world.
The release of the iPod, iPhone, and of course the iPad all seemed so far ahead of their time — and while most industries are known to stifle their product evolution to maximize profits — Apple remained ahead of the curve while simultaneously satisfying its customers and share-holders alike. He can be credited with bringing modern computing to the masses, but what was really special was seeing the joy he took in personally making those announcements.
Jobs recently handed over control of Apple to Tim Cook stating in an August 24, 2011 announcement,”I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Steve Jobs is sure to go down in history as an innovator, and a humanist. His contributions to society will never be forgotten.
The next time you’re on top of a mountain, using video chat to show your friends and family the amazing view before you drop into a fresh line, don’t forget to say — “Thanks Steve!”