Since learning the news of Steve Jobs (co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers) passing late yesterday, conversations have been buzzing with how his leadership and innovation have transformed the technological world forever.
I believe many of us found our thoughts on this loss summed up well within President Obama's statement:
As we reflect, I'm sure that many of us can pay tribute to his life by sharing how his 'rethinking the impossible', touched our personal (and professional!) lives. What's your story?Following the loss of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, President Obama released this statement:Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. 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.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
*MANY* years ago (*deep sigh*), I was graduating high school and prepared for college, I was able to save and get my first personal computer... an Apple... complete with that wonderful dot matrix printer that I'm sure my professors loved reading printouts from. While not connected to the www (yes, it was THAT long ago -- ugh!), it did enable me far more freedom and flexibility in compiling research analysis, data, and easily review/make changes to copy. I also loved that I could do some basic programming. (TRUST me -- VERY basic!) that I used in studying, creating quizzes, etc. Very cool stuff back then. Thanks Steve!
Time and years marched on. Even as I moved away from Apple computers I cannot help but trace the roots and KNOW that Steve Jobs continuously raising the bar has made ALL computers (and a host of other technology!), better, faster, and forever changing to improve. Thanks Steve!
Do any of you remember when the first iPods came out? I was envious of those that were able to race around with that (comparatively) tiny product in their pocket, while I was trying to carry the portable CD player and dealing with constant "skips" It was many years later when the iPod Classic moved into our house... setting a path for future generations to follow. (Btw, can I just add that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Apple's warranty program for those!) Thank you Steve!
While we don't have the iPhone or iPad as a part of our family, I still credit Job's stretch of the technological plane with challenging others to produce other "smartphone" and tablet technologies. I'm sure even the Kindle creators (and its counterparts) were somewhat inspired by Steve Jobs / Apple. Thank you Steve!
I will also admit that I love the creativity he bought to Pixar... breathing life and imagination once again to children (of all ages!) that I hope continues to be built upon for generations to come! Thank you Steve!
Most of all, I'm grateful that Steve helped push technology to a personal level... allowing interactions and real connections with people from around the globe. I'm EXTREMELY grateful for this becoming possible in large part due to his leadership and forward thinking those many years ago and beyond. I love the contributions, along with other great technological innovators, that have brought all of US together here at Pregnancy.org! I look forward to us continuing to build upon his legacy and all of the wonderful places it takes us in the years to come.
I believe the president said it perfectly. Thanks to Steve Jobs my toddler and I are completely entertained all day every day with a laptop I love and iPhone and an iPad. I'm a huge fan of the way Apple products function and look. Its sad that he died so young.
It's so sad that he died so young. He definitely was an innovator, the things that he created are just amazing!
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