It’s not very often that you find out about someone’s death on a device that they invented. Last night while on my Apple MacBook, I heard the sad news. One of the world’s greatest minds was taken from us yesterday–Steve Jobs, founder and brilliant mind behind Apple, passed away last night. Just over a month after his resignation as CEO of Apple, his poor health finally took its toll.
Steve Jobs’ Background
Starting out his “career” with a telephone call to William Hewlett’s house for some spare parts he needed for a device he was working on, Steve Jobs climbed the ladder of corporate success from the ground-up, and definitely made a name for himself in the process. The son of an American mother and a Syrian immigrant father, Jobs’ unmarried parents put him up for adoption while they were attending the University of Wisconsin. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs and raised in Cupertino, California, both the current and future site of Apple’s headquarters.
Steve Jobs’ Legacy
Steve Jobs is seen by many as the personification of the American dream. Jobs is not closely rivaled as far as technological innovations are concerned, and his passion and zeal for creating the newest technology to integrate into people’s lives is unmatched. In 1983, Jobs approached John Sculley to become an Apple executive–Sculley was an executive at PepsiCo at the time. Jobs asked him, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want to change the world?”
And that is just what Steve Jobs did. He changed the face of American technology as we know it, and caused us to anticipate the newest release of any device with an “i” at the forefront. Although we mourn his passing and the genius that has left this earth, maybe it was just time to take his brilliant technological innovations to the next life. And Jobs himself may have said it best, when he noted in a Stanford commencement speech, “Death is very likely the best invention of life. All pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”