Jobs remembered for innovation, entrepreneurshipWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The world of technology and the world as a whole lost an inventing legend Oct. 5 when former Apple CEO Steve Jobs died at the age of 56.
“Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last,” President Barack Obama said. “Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: He changed the way each of us sees the world.”
Jobs resigned as Apple’s chief in August and most likely died of complications from a rare type of pancreatic cancer.
“The sorrow over the death of Jobs is so great, even for people who do not live and work in the tech bubble, because his inventions became basic necessities in our lives,” said Ken Edwards of Meancode Media in Bowling Green. “The iPod, iPhone and iPad have not just changed the way we work and play, they have changed industries. But the list goes on and on: Pixar changed the film industry; the Mac changed personal computing and later the desktop publishing and design industry. Among the greatest of American innovators, Steven P. Jobs will not soon be forgotten.”
When Jobs resigned, Tim Cook took over as CEO of Apple.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” Cook said. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
The loss of Jobs is also being mourned by Apple’s competitors.
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor,” Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates said. “I will miss Steve immensely.”
“Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder,” Dell Inc. founder and CEO Michael Dell said. “The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.”
Jobs started Apple out of his parents’ garage with Steve Wozniak in Silicon Valley in 1976 after Hewlet-Packard Co. turned down Wozniak’s computer logic board design. They built the board together and called it the Apple I.
“We’ve lost something we won’t get back,” Wozniak said. “The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world.”
“Remember that this huge company Apple began with a brilliant idea and a solid work ethic in a garage,” said Kevin Cesarz, Social Media Director at Thread Marketing Group and MrElshMedia. “The entire new media landscape owes a debt of gratitude to Steve Jobs for a suite of ideas so complete that people now have the power to change the world from their homes, cars or while walking down the street.”
One of Apple’s biggest innovations was the Macintosh, introduced in 1984. Andy Dempster, managing member of the MacCafé at 4405 Talmadge Rd., attended one of Jobs’ presentations of the Macintosh.
“He was a great man, and I wouldn’t have my business if it wasn’t for him,” Dempster said. “I never met him. I’ve been to presentations he’s famous for. I remember the first one I ever saw. They did kind of a road show for the introduction of the Macintosh for dealers. I think it was in January 1984. It wasn’t even a stage because it was in a hotel ballroom in Chicago. We sat right in the first row, no more than 15-20 feet from Jobs and Scully when they showed the new product. They did a 1984 commercial on a big screen. It was just amazing. He was an amazing guy. He’s Thomas Edison-like. He ran a team of very bright people who invented some amazing products. Hopefully his spirit lives on and guides the company.”
Jobs was fired by Apple in 1985 following a power struggle, and he founded NeXT Computer later that year. Apple bought NeXT in 1996 for $429 million, and by 1997 Jobs was CEO again. He guided the company through the invention of revolutionary products such as the iPod, the iTunes Store and the iPhone.
“Steve Jobs is truly legendary,” said Joseph Chao, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Computer Science at BGSU. “It’s his Apple II computer that got me hooked to the world of computing. He is a genius who never stop innovating. He inspired all of us with his vision, and made the world a better place. I can’t image the world without Apple and all his iDevices. It’s a sad day for the nation even though we know it’s coming since Steve has being battling with the deadly pancreatic cancer for some time now. I will always remember Steve Jobs every time I sit in front of my iMac purchased this past summer.”
Matthew Adkins, president of VanGuard Technologies, Ltd., was also hooked on computing by Jobs.
“Steve Jobs is the reason I am in this career,” Adkins said. “I remember being seven years old and walking into the Dodge City Public Library and seeing this thing. They called it a computer and it said Apple ][e on it (or was it //e). I spent a lot of time on that machine and the IIc+ my parents bought me for Christmas when I was 9 and the IIgs I got for High School. About two years ago in Detroit, I got to meet the other Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and thanked him for making those Apple computers that started my fascination with all things digital.
“Unfortunately, I was never able to thank Mr. Jobs. VanGuard Technologies exists because of the vision of Steve Jobs. He was an amazing human being. Rest in Peace Steve.”