There are already many fine tributes being paid Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, who lost his long fight against cancer yesterday.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is right to link Jobs name with those of Edison and Einstein. He changed the way we live and showed how the application of advanced technology can be applied to the everyday in computing, communication and entertainment.
The Jobs story, which saw him ousted from the company only to stage a triumphant return years later, is the stuff of business legends. His vision extended to spotting the potential of Pixar to change movie animation. He bought the company for $10 million in 1986.
Good design was part of the Jobs success formula from the original computers to Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads.
Back in 1985 Jobs said in an interview: “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people - as remarkable as the telephone.”
He was a true visionary and will be much missed.