Today, we look back upon a man who revolutionized the technology industry multiple times, changing the industry for the better. Without Steve, we may have still been using phones with Blackberry-style keyboards, and Blackberry itself wouldn’t be looking to withdraw from the consumer smart-phone market. We might’ve still used computers without a graphical user interface (GUI) until much later in the 20th century. The Walt Disney Company would have still been producing failing animated movies. Today we celebrate the legacy of Steve Jobs, who died two years today on October 5, 2011. Steve on the topic of death:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Tim Cook sent out an email to all Apple employees yesterday, it read:
Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Steve’s death. I hope everyone will reflect on what he meant to all of us and to the world. Steve was an amazing human being and left the world a better place. I think of him often and find enormous strength in memories of his friendship, vision and leadership. He left behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We will continue to honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much. There is no higher tribute to his memory. I know that he would be proud of all of you.
One of the best ways to honour the legacy of Steve Jobs is to watch the iconic Sanford Commencement Speech he made in 2005:
We all miss you Steve, and the world (at least of technology) is a better place because of you.
R.I.P. Steven Paul Jobs