He was an icon, an inspiration, a visionary and a person who brought about revolutions that affected
millions of people worldwide. He changed the very way we feel about computers. He made it ‘personal’,
and the smartphone fun. Bill Gates may have put a computer on every office desk, but it was Steve
Jobs who put one in every household. And then, years later, he repeated the trick, putting one in every
bag and every pocket, thanks to the iPod and iPhone.
He changed the way movies are made, the way music is sold, the way stories are told, the very way we
interact with the world around us. He helped us work, and gave us new ways to play.
Even if you are not an Apple fan, even if you don’t own an iPhone or iPod or Mac, you cannot deny the
fact that he did not have an impact on your life. He influenced many things, people and changes in the
consumer electronic industry that indirectly influenced every single thing that you use or see around
you. The onset of cheap touch screen phones or portable media players are direct results of revolutions
started by Steve Jobs. If you are a person who loves technology, you could never ignore the keynotes he
made about new Apple products or software. And all in a style that only he could pull off.
Never before would a CEO dare to go in front of the public for a product launch in informals, forget
Jeans, turtle necks and sports shoes. Steve Jobs did it. The way the products were launched ,the
marketing strategies adopted by Apple, were truly revolutionary : that is what defined Steve Jobs. He
took risks, challenged the obvious and brought about changes that changed the way we live. You could
love him, you could hate him, but you could never ignore him.
Even his personal life is nothing worth not mentioning. He was given up for adoption by his unmarried
parents. He grew up in California. Dropped out of college. He took drugs. He got into phone hacking.
In 1976 he started Apple in a garage. Strangely a few years later he was forced out of his own company.
While he was gone, he started NeXT computer. The NeXT operating system would form the basis of
Apple’s OS X, and iOS. He also started the best movie studio of the past 30 years, Pixar. It pushed the boundaries of CGI to such an extent that even today its early films still look great.
He was a family man. He reunited with his biological mother, and his sister, the writer Mona
Simpson. He married. He had children. He was, by all accounts, a great dad. It was his role as husband
and father that helped drive his second act at Apple.
During this time he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He underwent few surgeries
and fought it for eight long years. But all this while his main focus was always on work, the products he
loved, the company he started. He never let his health be a factor to stop anyone’s progress.
He made Apple into the most valuable company in the world.
He wasn’t any political or religious leader, but on his death, people all over the world paid tribute by
lighting candles in front of Apple stores and holding candle marches. On the online front also, Twitteratis
broke the record for maximum number of tweets per second. His death was an event that made the
heads of countries stop and pay their condolences.
He wasn’t just an ordinary person. He was an inspiration, a visionary, a role model, a man who did what
he loved and believed in himself that he could change the world.
And quoting Steve Jobs himself “the only way to do that is to Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!”