The news are all over the web and in case you have not yet seen this, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc, has passed away at age 56. Steve had a long battle with pancreatic cancer, since at least 2003 according to sources. He had never publicly admitted it until sometime in 2004. His health was going downhill and his physical appearance was showing it regardless of how much he tried to mask it. While we could probably go about writing this man’s biography, like many other news sites have done (you can find a fantastic one in the Los Angeles Times’ website), we would like to use this opportunity to pay tribute to a great business man and visionary who did push the mobile and technology worlds to unheard limits.
You have seen our takes on Apple, their products, and their business strategies. The fact of the matter is that some of their improvements did help the industry become more competitive and provided people with more options than they had with just one or two brands and OS choices, not just for smartphones but for many other products like mp3 players, pc’s, e-book readers, and many more. The marketing strategies that he implemented during his time as CEO of Apple are second to none. Regardless of how much you may despise Apple products, you have to admit that the way they promote their products is simply flawless. To come up with such a tactic, there is a big need to have someone who understands the tech world, much like Steve did.
Almost everyone outside of the Apple fan base (Android, Windows Mobile/Phone, Blackberry users) literally hated you for several reasons, but not a single person among the aforementioned crowds could or should ever doubt the fantastic businessman that you were. You were undoubtedly an innovator as you created a huge empire out of thin air which turned out to be one of the most profitable tech companies of the last century. You were a fierce, highly motivated individual with one goal in mind… success.
Despite all my rants and all my sentiments regarding Apple and their latest attempts at crippling competitors world wide, I believe that this is a time in which we need to put all differences aside and come together to celebrate the life of a great human being, which aside from being instrumental in the tech world as we know it today, was an outstanding individual. We will miss you, Steve.
May you rest in peace, Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011).
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