On October 5th 2011, I was driving on Hwy 24, looking for east bay rain with KTVU reporter Alex Savidge when we heard the announcement on the radio that said the world had lost the man whos ideas and talents changed the way we think and live, a true visionary... Mr. Steve Jobs had lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. We knew immediately that the rain was no longer relevant.
Fans from around the world came to the Apple store in San Francisco to pay tribute by lighting candles, leaving post-it notes and flowers. Some hugged and cried, which I found a little odd, but it made me realize just how huge Steve Jobs impact truly is on the world we now live in.
His innovations and marketing talents made us understand how we can use technology to increase our quality of lives, and simplify what use to be difficult tasks. Before Macintosh we thought only businesses needed computers. Before the iPod we thought we had to make mix tapes or cds to get all of our favorite songs in one place. Before the iPhone we thought a phone was only supposed to be used to make phone calls. Before the iPad we thought we needed a keyboard to type e-mails and we thought we needed a book to read a novel, and lets not forget the way the App Store forced the music, movie and book publishing industries to reinvent the way they do business, plus created a whole new market for application developers. In short, he has altered the way we receive and share ideas forever.
A friend of mine wrote, "I read about Jobs's death on my iPhone. Got alert on my iPad. Typing this tweet on my MacBook. It's your world, Steve."
Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (Think Different)