Steve Jobs: A Tribute to a Visionary

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Many people leave this world having accomplished financial success. However, how many people leave this world with the distinction of having changed so many peoples’ lives in a remarkable way? Not many. Steve Jobs was one of them.

Whether it was the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, or the Macintosh computer, Job’s influence through Apple has been visibly apparent worldwide, especially in the tech industry.

When the news came yesterday that the Apple founder had passed away, it was obvious that the world had lost one of the greatest tech innovators to ever live. In recent years, unfortunately, Jobs had faced declining health, a battle with pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant. Despite leaves of absence from the company he so loved, Job’s mind remained forward looking.

In a 1998 interview with BusinessWeek, Jobs stated, “That’s been one of my mantras, focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

It’s a quote that describes Apple’s products, devices and software that only geniuses could create – yet offer easy usability for the end-user.

Steve Jobs was born in California in 1955. An adopted child, Jobs gained interest in the tech industry at an early age. He started off working at Hewlett Packard in his early years, where he eventually met computer engineer and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Another early job by the eventual Apple CEO included a stint at game creator Atari.

Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple in 1976. Apple’s early years saw the creation of personal computers such as the Apple 1, 2, and 3. In 1984,Apple launched the Macintosh, creating increased success for the personal computer.

In 1985, Jobs was no longer with Apple. He founded computer company NeXT. Although NeXT didn’t see much success, its designs would later become an integral part of Apple (Apple later bough NeXT) when Jobs returned to the company as CEO around 1997.

Around that time, Apple wasn’t doing too well financially. In fact, Job’s return really reinvigorated the company he had created.

The late 1990s through the end of his tenure as CEO with the company just earlier this year probably saw the most remarkable portion of Steve’s career. He was able to not only turn around the company (with products such as the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, and most recently, the iPad), but make Apple into a giant.

Not only will Jobs be remembered for his technical genius, but he will be remembered as a successful salesman. During product unveilings, Jobs was known for his passionate presentations. Steve Job’s legacy is definitely remarkable – his name surely joins the likes of Einstein, Edision, and Disney as one of the greatest innovators of all time.