Steve Jobs was the epitome of a great entrepreneur and inventor. His vision and creativity changed the personal computing landscape. He was a genius and has quite rightly been likened to Edison and Ford. He was the Einstein of the world of computing. Geniuses like Jobs emerge very occasionally.
The disruptive change he wrought in the personal computing industry is best summed up by his own words:
‘it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show them.’
His perfectionism and ability to step outside the box meant that Apple’s products were beautifully designed and their tactile aura made you want to hold and use them.’
He created new and exciting products with the ipod, iphone and ipad. With the Apple Mac he made computing truly accessible to people. Who could fail to love their PC when they used a Mac?
What else did he contribute to society? The spin off from his inventions brought employment as Apple expanded. There was wealth for those who invested in Apple and those who worked with Apple.
Some regard him as one if not the founding father of social networking, for whilst Apple did not have the social networking platforms like Facebook, they did provide the tools to make social networking readily available.
Job’s full contribution to society is still unfolding and the sum will only become clear in the years ahead.
Steve Jobs will be sadly missed by those who worked with him and those like myself who enjoyed the fruits of his creativity.