J is for Jobs. Rest in peace, Steve. It’s interesting - I don’t think I could name 5 CEOs if my life depended on it (besides the ones I work for and their competitors). They’re not lacking in any way; they’re just not iconic like Jobs. If you really think about it; how much creation and innovation can one man really possess? Not enough to build an empire so impossibly big. And cool too. It’s the Apple culture; it’s the company and the smart, creative individuals that comprise it. I’m sure there are Apple interns who are smarter than Jobs. What differentiates him was what he created and how he sustained it. How he dedicated his life to good technology, constant innovation and managing droves of people to continue what he started. The beautiful thing about Jobs is his leadership. That’s what leaves the legacy, not his genius.
Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955-October 5, 2011
Apple has confirmed that Steve Jobs died today. His death came exactly six weeks after he resigned as CEO of Apple. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He took a medical leave beginning in 2007. In August, he announced he was stepping down altogether. Jobs was 56.