Two years ago, when he succumbed to cancer in California the world was ready to eulogize him in glowing terms such as Genius, Visionary and a modern-day Thomas Edison. Steve Jobs wasn't an engineer or a designer but he was one of the greatest users of technology of all time, interestingly that made all the difference. (JPN)
Steve Jobs, an adopted son of Paul Reinhold Jobs and Clara Jobs, showed impeccable interest in electronics and gadgetry. While in high school, he boldly called Hewlett-Packard co-founder and President William Hewlett to ask for computer parts for a school project. Impressed by Jobs, Hewlett not only fulfilled his demands but also offered him a summer internship at Hewlett-Packard.
He attended meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club - a group of computer hobbyists including Steve Wozniak. Wozniak's homemade computer drew attention from other enthusiasts, but Jobs saw potential far beyond the geeky hobbyists of the time. The duo started Apple Computer Inc. in the garage of Jobs' parents in 1976. According to Wozniak, Jobs suggested the name after visiting an "apple orchard".
Their first creation was the Apple I - a computer without a case, keyboard or monitor. Secondly, the Apple II, which hit the market in 1977, was their first machine for the mass. It became so popular that Jobs became worth 100 million USD when he was only 25. Jobs was forced out of Apple a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. While delivering a speech at Stanford University in 2005, Jobs said the best thing that could have happened to him; "The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."
He further added, "I'm pretty sure, none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”
Against all odds, Steve Jobs rejuvenated the company that he had founded and the Apple once again was healthy and churning out the kind of breakthrough products which made its name synonymous with the innovation.
Steve Jobs was undoubtedly one of the best tech-designers of all time. He became a superior innovator of technology largely by his smart design strategies. As he mentioned in his interview, "You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new." He was farsighted and visionary. Fans light candles outside the Apple stores around the world on his death anniversary, and more than a million people pay homage to him on Apple's website; this is the beacon of his influence on mankind.
R.I.P Steve Jobs!
Two years ago, when he succumbed to cancer in California the world was ready to eulogize him in glowing terms such as Genius, Visionary and a modern-day Thomas Edison. Steve Jobs wasn't an engineer or a designer but he was one of the greatest users of technology of all time, interestingly that made all the difference.