There’s one less genius in the world today. Steve Jobs, arguably the most innovative, influential American CEO of all time, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.
The tech visionary co-founded Apple Inc. in 1976 and transformed the computer industry and culture to such a degree that his loss is being mourned around the world. Who else could be compared to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Elvis Presley and John Lennon?
Jobs was described as "brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it," in a statement today from President Barack Obama. Jobs' distinct talent was in giving consumers what they wanted before they could even fathom wanting it.
One of his most renowned strokes of brilliance came in 2001 with Apple's iPod. Its white earphones have become more ubiquitous than wristwatches. In 2007, the launch of the touch-screen iPhone brought the sexiest and smartest "phone" to market. Then in 2010, where all other computers companies had failed, Jobs announced a tablet computer: the iPad. Market analysts gave it a lukewarm reception. Sales have been boiling hot ever since. Apple's cult-like following was always anxious for the latest and greatest to be unveiled by their leader in faded jeans and signature black mock turtleneck.
What have we lost in losing Steve Jobs? What went into making such an incredible thinker and doer? What set him apart in your eyes? What can we learn from him, the empire he created, the inventions he brought to the world?