R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Yes, I like my iPhone and no I do not have an iPad. And yes, I found blocking Flash pretty ignorant. Even arrogant. So I have never been an Apple groupie. But like many, I really loved the brand called Steve Jobs. Creative genius extraordinaire and probably the only candidate worthy to be christened the “Rockstar of the computer industry”.

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011. Leader by example. He will probably inspire many thousands of entrepreneurs how to live their lives, even decades after his death.

A remarkable person, that grabbed me most with his speech: How to live before you die. Here we see Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, about finding himself, and about life and death.

That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple’s CEO in August. He was a historical figure on the scale of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and set the mould for many other corporate leaders across every other industry

He did what a CEO should: Hired and inspired great people; managed for the long term, not the quarter or the short-term stock price; made big bets and took big risks. He insisted on the highest product quality and on building things to delight and empower actual users, not intermediaries like corporate IT directors or wireless carriers. And he could sell. Man, he could sell.

As he liked to say, he lived at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.

A brilliant man died today of cancer! I wish that another brilliant man is born today to find a cure for cancer !

I’ll end with a quote from the great man himself;

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

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