RIP Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

October 6, 2011

‘You’ve got to find what you love.’

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple, died on Wednesday at the age of 56.

He leaves behind a phenomenal legacy, his name synonymous with innovation, inspiration and technology.

He was an icon, a visionary and an innovator whose passion and skill allowed him to take his dreams and make them a reality. He was a doer who had an innate understanding of what the market needed even when the market itself didn’t even realise they needed it.

For that reason he has had a massive impact on the world around us. When he returned to Apple in 1997 (having been forced out of the company in 1985) he oversaw their product development, leading a decade of unparalleled innovation. In this time period we saw the launch of truly iconic products that really have changed the way we live, including the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.

The exceptional success of these products took Apple from near-bankruptcy to the world’s second most valuable company. It was not just financial success: these products have redefined the music, mobile and personal computing industries – and Jobs also transformed the film industry with his animation studio Pixar.

Few entrepreneurs have had as much impact as Steve Jobs. As President Obama stated this morning “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

He was an inspiration to everyone. As Jobs himself stated: ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’.


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