With so much happening in the Tech World late this year, the one thing that stands out above all is not what I was expecting.
Steve Jobs' contributions to the world are far reaching. Him and Steve Wozniak together were the people responsible with bringing computers into the every day households. What Steve did for PC's with the original Apple Computer he would do again in 2001 for MP3 players with the iPod... and again in 2007 for smartphones with the iPhone, re-revolutionized with the App Store in 2008, and he would even do it again with tablet computers in 2010 with the iPad.
Steve did not invent these products, but his design and marketing brought them to consumers in a big way and his influence will remain long lasting.
One more thing...
Did you know Steve Jobs played a big role in Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E and Up? In 1986, Steve Jobs acquired Pixar (then Graphics Group) and was a key person in rescuing the company from going under with gutsy moves like selling off their hardware division and partnering (and playing hardball with) Disney.
Each of us can learn from Steve's example. Few people have the creativity, drive and passion to change the world.
Rest in Peace Steve Jobs.