That was my first reaction upon seeing the news that Steve Jobs had died. It took me a few minutes to wrap my head around the idea. Even now it almost seems like a foreign concept. Steve Jobs can’t be dead. He was only 56. Yes, he had pancreatic cancer, which is rarely treatable, even for the insanely rich, but he always seemed….I don’t know, immortal. He had a magic touch when it came to visionary businesses. First with Apple, then with Pixar, and then with Apple again (which had languished after he was forced out in the 1980s). He was the man behind the Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad. He revolutionized the music, cell phone, and computer markets. There aren’t many people who can say the same.
RIP Steve Jobs. You may have been an egocentric megalomaniac with a short fuse, but you were passionate about your products, and a bonafide visionary to boot. The tech world will never be the same without you.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple, Inc
PS: It’s even more chilling that he held on until the day after Apple released the iPhone 4S. He always considered the secretive unveilings to be of the utmost importance, and I guess he didn’t want anything detracting from his successor’s debut….